The Manchurian Candidate (1962)


Quote from Manchurian Candidate:

“There are people who think of Johnny as a clown and a buffoon. But I do not. I despise John Iselin and everything that Iselenism has come to stand for. I think if John Iselin were a paid Soviet agent he could not do more harm to this country than he is doing now.”

– The Manchurian Candidate by Richard Condon

Are They Kidding?

harvey  The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences just ousted Harvey Weinstein.  Here is their statement in part:

“We do so not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues but also to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over,” the statement read.

Are they kidding?

“…predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over.”

I don’t think so.  If the Academy ousted every man who behaved like Harvey Weinstein, there wouldn’t be many men left in power.  Every woman I know has dozens of stories about the Harvey Weinsteins in their lives.  Almost all of the men did very well and are doing very well indeed.  The women, largely, left jobs, lost jobs, weren’t supported, were retaliated against.

There is a new seriousness in the news discussions of sexually predatory behavior, but this isn’t even the tip of the iceberg.

Voters in this country elected as President a man who had admitted to sexually assaulting women.