“What have we been willing to accept, out of fear, helplessness, a sense that things can’t be changed? What else are we turning a blind eye to, in all aspects of our lives? What else have we accepted that, somewhere within us, we know is deeply unacceptable? And what, now, will we do about it?”
Sarah Polley — known for directing such films Away From Her and Take This Waltz — has added her name to the growing list of women who’ve accused Harvey Weinstein of predatory behavior.
In an op-ed posted via The New York Times, Polley details an encounter she says she had with the mogul during a meeting.
After a photo shoot, Polley, who has also appeared in films such as Dawn of the Dead and Splice, explained she was pulled out of a photo shoot abruptly.
“The publicist said that we needed to be in Harvey Weinstein’s office in 20 minutes,” she wrote.
She added that in the taxi, the publicist said, “I’m going in with you. And I’m not leaving your side.”
Polley says she knew everything she needed to know in that moment and was grateful.
Polley described the encounter she then had with Weinstein.
“When I got there, Mr. Weinstein wasted no time.
He told me, in front of the publicist and a co-worker beside him, that a famous star, a few years my senior, had once sat across from him in the chair I was in now. Because of his ‘very close relationship’ with this actress, she had gone on to play leading roles and win awards,” she recalled.
“If he and I had that kind of ‘close relationship,’ I could have a similar career. ‘That’s how it works,’ I remember him telling me.”
At that point, Polley says she made it clear that “[Weinstein] was wasting his time.”
On Tuesday, The New Yorker published an extensive report detailing rape allegations against the mogul by three women.
That story comes after last Thursday’s New York Times exposé that outlined decades of sexual harassment claims leveled against Weinstein.
The mogul has since been fired from The Weinstein Co. and expelled from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
In her op-ed, Polley also admonishes the industry in general, and says Weinstein is “one festering pustule in a diseased industry.”
She concludes with call for introspection in Hollywood. “I hope that the ways in which women are degraded, both obvious and subtle, begin to seem like a thing of the past,” Polley said.
“For that to happen, I think we need to look at what scares us the most. We need to look at ourselves. What have we been willing to accept, out of fear, helplessness, a sense that things can’t be changed? What else are we turning a blind eye to, in all aspects of our lives? What else have we accepted that, somewhere within us, we know is deeply unacceptable? And what, now, will we do about it?”
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