Social media has been a flurry over the last few months with numerous public allegations of sexual harassment, pointed largely at men. The online uproar seems to have started in October of this year with Harvey Weinstein and has gained momentum with a new accused being added to the list, nearly on a weekly basis. Notable names such as Kevin Spacey, Mark Halperin, Charlie Rose, Matt Lauer, Bill Cosby, Jian Ghomeshi….and the list goes on.
They’re not all from the entertainment industry, but in Media, Politics, Business. It appears this type of behavior permeates our society. But, has it always been this way or are we just noticing now and speaking out due to the pervasiveness of social media?
Did You Know?
USA Today posted a timeline of Weinstein’s activities “Harvey Weinstein Timeline of Hollywood success and hidden abuse” https://usat.ly/2yjXRYT. What’s interesting is that his harassment allegations date back to the late 1970s. Yet, it doesn’t appear that they made much of a dent in his reputation at the time. Fast forward 40 years and he’s nowhere to be found, reputation destroyed, thanks in large part to social media!
Artwork and Sexual Impropriety
Christopher Knight wrote a piece in the LA Times on December 5, 2017, about a fiberglass sculpture of “an innocuous daybed” that in light of Weinstein’s behavior “became a casting couch.” The artwork, titled “The Road to Hollywood…how some of us got here” immediately became controversial and was removed. It has since been returned and is on display again.
The Art Deco-style chaise in Erika Rothenberg’s 2001 installation “The Road to Hollywood,” removed in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault accusations, has been returned to view at Hollywood & Highland. (Erika Rothenberg)
On the one hand, we’re hearing or reading about improprieties, on the other, we’re listening to or watching ads that continue to sexualized women. I’m a bit confused about our duplicitous culture. What does this say about our society? Let me hear your thoughts.
Sexual harassment or a nice piece of art? You be the judge on a daybed. Click on the link and decide for yourself. Do we live in a sexualized society?
Weinstein, daybed, artwork, sexual harassment – what do all these have in common? #sexualharassment #weinstein