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Thread: The Entertainment Industry's BS Machine Pt 2: Perverts and Bigots Boogaloo

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    'Designing Women' Creator Goes Public With Les Moonves War: Not All Harassment Is Sexual

    During that period, because my contract was so valuable, I continued trying to win over Moonves. And he continued turning down every pilot I wrote. Often, if he would catch me in the parking lot, he would make sure to tell me that my script was one of the best he’d read but that he had decided, in the end, not to do it. It always seemed that he enjoyed telling me this. Just enough to keep me in the game. I was told he refused to give my scripts to any of the stars he had under contract. Then, I began to hear from female CBS employees about his mercurial, misogynist behavior, with actresses being ushered in and out of his office. His mantra, I was told, was, “Why would I wanna cast ’em if I don’t wanna fuck ’em?” And he was an angry bully who enjoyed telling people, “I will tear off the top of your head and piss on your brain!”

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    Somewhere in the middle of all this, I was walking the halls one day in the original CBS building. In spite of no longer having gainful employment, I still felt proud that I had been allowed to make a creative contribution to the network I had grown up with — starting with Lucy and Ethel, who had electrified me and inspired me to write comedy. I never dreamed that I would become the first woman, along with my then-writing partner, Mary Kay Place, to write for M*A*S*H. I took pride in being part of a network that always seemed to be rife with crazy, interesting, brash women, from Mary Tyler Moore and Rhoda, to Maude, to Murphy Brown, to the Designing Women. Many of these female characters paved the way for women to be single, to pursue careers and equal pay and to lead rich, romantic lives with reproductive rights.

    As I walked, I noticed that the portraits of all these iconic women were no longer adorning the walls. I don’t know why and I didn’t ask. I just know that the likes of them have rarely been seen on that network again. Thanks to Les Moonves, I can only guess they all became vaginal swabs in crime labs on CSI Amarillo.
    That is such a great point. It's such a weird network. I will go years not watching a show on CBS. Most of the stuff they air has no appeal to me in the least, but I used to watch so much. I never gave much though to WHY.

    It sucks but maybe the only way rampant harassment can be fixed from the top down is by boards recognizing these assholes aren't just lawsuit liabilities, but are diminishing their products by focusing on one kind of audience. I mean, they should care because he's a gross horrible human being, but in the 100 years of Hollywood, they've never cared about that so why start now? But financial consequences...

    Seriously, I think I've watched like one CBS show since Murphy Brown went off the air. It's clear that people like me weren't wanted as an audience, which is fucking ridiculous from a big three network and not a niche cable channel.

    eta: as soon as I posted this I saw a comment from Jon Lovett about the news departments

    Then you think of Moonves, Lauer, Rose, Halperin, Fager and others all in positions of power during 2016 - all carrying this dark connection with Trump’s treatment of women, and all covering the first woman nominated by either party.
    I know a lot of middle aged white cis het bros just roll their eyes about shit like this, but it's important and insidious.
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    New lawsuit alleges Larry Nassar drugged, raped and impregnated teen at Michigan State
    The suit claims that the teen's rape was videotaped and that a coach who reported it was told to resign.


    After the miscarriage she went to university police, who advised her that this was a matter for MSU's athletics department.

    "Plaintiff Erika explained that the athletic department already dismissed it and the Sergeant responded that [former athletic director] George Perles is a 'powerful man,' and she should just drop it."

    "Thereafter," the suit claims, "Plaintiff Erika's Field Hockey NCAA scholarship was taken away from her."
    It's not good for my long-term health to be blind with rage all the time, is it?

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    Look, it's got to be hard to be the wife of one of these creepers. Especially if you didn't know, like truly didn't know. But there's keeping your mouth shut publicly and then there's this.

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    If Farrow is involved, I don't think there's much room for doubt. This is a bit of a head-scratcher.
    At my core, I think we're gonna be OK.

    Barack Hussein Obama

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    @AsiaArgento

    Dear @RoseMcGowan. It is with genuine regret that I am giving you 24 hours to retract and apologise for the horrendous lies made against me in your statement of August 27th. If you fail to address this libel I will have no option other than to take immediate legal action
    I guess Rose has said Asia admitted the assault she allegedly committed to Rose and it got "leaked" or something. Also, the boy Asia allegedly assaulted allegedly assaulted a young woman/girl himself.

    There are no heroes in this story. Oh boy.

    Oh, and Mark Burnett and Tom Arnold came to blows last night. Supposedly Burnett attacked Tom and Burnett's wife is all "omg I am hurt" but her bruises are old and Tom claims there's video and it's also another situation where it's a giant mess.

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    Cosby sentenced to 3-10. While I'm glad for it, it's both not enough and also makes me feel bad that apparently only black men go to prison. I mean, he totally deserves it and much more, but what about the white guys?

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    Hm.

    Well, here’s something.

    So, after today, will we be seeing more of this?
    At my core, I think we're gonna be OK.

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    This is one of the most disgusting things I have ever read. It's about Cristiano Ronaldo. I'm going to spoiler some of the details because it's so violent and triggering. AND HE ADMITS TO DOING IT.



    LOOK AT THIS FUCKING STATEMENT FROM HIM:

    "She said stop or no several times. She said that she doesn't want to, but she has made herself available. Afterwards I apologized. But she never screamed."
    He deserves to die a horrible and slow death.

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    That’s disgusting. Who is this person?
    At my core, I think we're gonna be OK.

    Barack Hussein Obama

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    One of (if not the?) most famous soccer/football players. He is treated like a god.

    The longer article:
    http://www.spiegel.de/international/...a-1230634.html

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    Holy fuck.

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    Busy Philipps Claims James Franco Assaulted Her on the Set of Freaks and Geeks

    In a new excerpt from her upcoming memoir, This Will Only Hurt a Little, obtained by Yahoo Entertainment, Busy Philipps is claiming her Freaks and Greeks co-star James Franco assaulted her while they were filming a scene for the series. As Philipps remembers, the scene required her character to gently hit Franco in his chest during their lines of dialogue. Franco was caught off guard that this directive was included in the script, and subsequently broke character to yell at Philipps. “He grabbed both my arms and screamed in my face, ‘DON’T EVER TOUCH ME AGAIN!’” she wrote. “And he threw me to the ground. Flat on my back. Wind knocked out of me.” Philipps also described Franco as being a “fucking bully” throughout their Freaks and Geeks experience.

    After the assault, Philipps said she cried in front of fellow co-star Linda Cardellini, who advised her to report what happened to her manager. She didn’t, though, as Franco apologized to her the following day — after being forced to do so by the show’s producers and director. Philipps notes, though, that Franco was never formally reprimanded for his actions and continued to work without consequence. Earlier this year, five women accused Franco of various instances of sexual misconduct and inappropriate behavior. He has maintained that these allegations are “not accurate”, although he will not “actively refute” them so their voices can be heard.
    I haven't been watching The Deuce's second season because of him. And it sucks because I love David Simon and I think the stories need to be told. I don't need a double dose of douche, however.

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    well, this is certainly a take


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    At my core, I think we're gonna be OK.

    Barack Hussein Obama

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    Not really entertainment directly, but I thought this would go fine with the other pervs

    How a future Trump Cabinet member gave a serial sex abuser the deal of a lifetime

    ...Jeffrey Epstein, 54, was accused of assembling a large, cult-like network of underage girls — with the help of young female recruiters — to coerce into having sex acts behind the walls of his opulent waterfront mansion as often as three times a day, the Town of Palm Beach police found.

    The eccentric hedge fund manager, whose friends included former President Bill Clinton, Donald Trump and Prince Andrew, was also suspected of trafficking minor girls, often from overseas, for sex parties at his other homes in Manhattan, New Mexico and the Caribbean, FBI and court records show.

    Facing a 53-page federal indictment, Epstein could have ended up in federal prison for the rest of his life.

    But on the morning of the breakfast meeting, a deal was struck — an extraordinary plea agreement that would conceal the full extent of Epstein’s crimes and the number of people involved.

    Not only would Epstein serve just 13 months in the county jail, but the deal — called a non-prosecution agreement — essentially shut down an ongoing FBI probe into whether there were more victims and other powerful people who took part in Epstein’s sex crimes, according to a Miami Herald examination of thousands of emails, court documents and FBI records.

    The pact required Epstein to plead guilty to two prostitution charges in state court. Epstein and four of his accomplices named in the agreement received immunity from all federal criminal charges. But even more unusual, the deal included wording that granted immunity to “any potential co-conspirators’’ who were also involved in Epstein’s crimes. These accomplices or participants were not identified in the agreement, leaving it open to interpretation whether it possibly referred to other influential people who were having sex with underage girls at Epstein’s various homes or on his plane.

    As part of the arrangement, Acosta agreed, despite a federal law to the contrary, that the deal would be kept from the victims. As a result, the non-prosecution agreement was sealed until after it was approved by the judge, thereby averting any chance that the girls — or anyone else — might show up in court and try to derail it.

    This is the story of how Epstein, bolstered by unlimited funds and represented by a powerhouse legal team, was able to manipulate the criminal justice system, and how his accusers, still traumatized by their pasts, believe they were betrayed by the very prosecutors who pledged to protect them.

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    It would be easy to dismiss the Epstein case as another example of how there are two systems of justice in America, one for the rich and one for the poor. But a thorough analysis of the case tells a far more troubling story.

    A close look at the trove of letters and emails contained in court records provides a window into the plea negotiations, revealing an unusual level of collaboration between federal prosecutors and Epstein’s legal team that even government lawyers, in recent court documents, admitted was unorthodox.

    Acosta, in 2011, would explain that he was unduly pressured by Epstein’s heavy-hitting lawyers — Lefkowitz, Harvard professor Alan Dershowitz, Jack Goldberger, Roy Black, former U.S. Attorney Guy Lewis, Gerald Lefcourt, and Kenneth Starr, the former Whitewater special prosecutor who investigated Bill Clinton’s sexual liaisons with Monica Lewinsky.

    ...

    Unlike other convicted sex offenders, Epstein didn’t face the kind of rough justice that child sex offenders do in Florida state prisons. Instead of being sent to state prison, Epstein was housed in a private wing of the Palm Beach County jail. And rather than having him sit in a cell most of the day, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office allowed Epstein work release privileges, which enabled him to leave the jail six days a week, for 12 hours a day, to go to a comfortable office that Epstein had set up in West Palm Beach. This was granted despite explicit sheriff’s department rules stating that sex offenders don’t qualify for work release.

    ...

    Upon his nomination by Trump as labor secretary in 2017, Acosta was questioned about the Epstein case during a Senate confirmation hearing.

    “At the end of the day, based on the evidence, professionals within a prosecutor’s office decided that a plea that guarantees someone goes to jail, that guarantees he register [as a sex offender] generally and guarantees other outcomes, is a good thing,’’ Acosta said of his decision to not prosecute Epstein federally.

    California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, in opposing Acosta for labor secretary, noted that “his handling of a case involving sex trafficking of underage girls when he was a U.S. attorney suggests he won’t put the interests of workers and everyday people ahead of the powerful and well-connected.’’

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