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Women’s Advocacy Group to Fly Plane Over Hollywood: ‘Stop Enabling Abuse’

Women’s advocacy group UltraViolet has chartered a plane to fly over Hollywood on Tuesday morning with a banner bearing the words “Hollywood: Stop Enabling Abuse.”

The organization made the move as a response to the unfolding scandal surrounding Harvey Weinstein. They also called out the industry for “its willingness to cover up decades worth of sexual abuse” from the producer and normalization of his behavior.

The statement also addresses Hollywood’s broader issues with “egregious” sexism, listing pay discrimination and body image standards as other instances of women being treated differently than men.

Although several actresses and a few male entertainment figures have spoken out regarding the sexual harassment and assault allegations aimed at Weinstein, many are pointing to a culture of silence surrounding the mogul’s actions in Hollywood. His behavior, which allegedly dates back decades, has been referred to as an “open secret” within Hollywood. Meryl Streep condemned Weinstein’s actions on Monday, asserting that it is not as well-known as people believe.

Weinstein was fired from the Weinstein Company on Sunday after the board of directors decided to terminate him with cause due to the mounting allegations.

Read UltraViolet’s full statement below.

“If we are going to tackle rape culture in this country, we need to address the entertainment industry and its willingness to cover up decades worth of sexual abuse on Harvey Weinstein’s account. Not only has Hollywood normalized Weinstein’s abhorrent treatment of women, they enabled it by doing and saying absolutely nothing.

It’s no secret that Hollywood is egregiously sexist, from pay discrimination to sexual abuse and body image standards. But it is appalling that an industry would cover the tracks of a man who spent literally decades abusing his power by abusing women. Sure, the Weinstein Company’s board fired Harvey Weinstein, but only after the New York Times investigation sparked enough outrage for people to speak up and say, ‘enough is enough’.

No one should ever get away with sexual harassment. Hollywood’s silence over Harvey Weinstein shows just how far we have to go before sexual harassment in the workplace is no longer a topic of discussion.”

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