On Thursday, a bombshell investigation in the New York Times cited decades-spanning sexual harassment allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein, and celebrities were quick to react to the shocking report.
Lena Dunham was among the first to respond, and commended the individuals who came forward. “The woman who chose to speak about their experience of harassment by Harvey Weinstein deserve our awe,” she wrote on Twitter. “It’s not fun or easy. It’s brave.”
The woman who chose to speak about their experience of harassment by Harvey Weinstein deserve our awe. It's not fun or easy. It's brave.
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) October 5, 2017
Amber Tamblyn, who recently spoke out about her own experiences with sexual harassment, said, “Heed the mantra and never forget: Women. Have. Nothing. To. Gain. And. Everything. To Lose. By. Coming. forward.”
Heed the mantra and never forget: Women. Have. Nothing. To. Gain. And. Everything. To Lose. By. Coming. forward. https://t.co/ynKX1bcBkK
— Amber Tamblyn (@ambertamblyn) October 5, 2017
The Times article revealed actress Rose McGowan reached $100,000 settlement Weinstein in 1997. She responded on Twitter saying, “Women fight on. And to the men out there, stand up. We need you as allies.”
Women fight on. And to the men out there, stand up. We need you as allies. #bebrave
— Rose McGowan (@rosemcgowan) October 5, 2017
A number of journalists put the spotlight on male-dominated cultures in the workplace. “Every industry has at least one of these powerful creeps. Look around. Do you know who the Weinstein is?,” Ann Friedman asked, while TV writer Anne Donahue shared a story of her own. “I’ll go first: I was a 17-yr-old co-op student and he insisted on massaging my shoulders as I typed,” she wrote.
When did you meet YOUR Harvey Weinstein? I'll go first: I was a 17-yr-old co-op student and he insisted on massaging my shoulders as I typed
— Anne T. Donahue (@annetdonahue) October 5, 2017
Harvey Weinstein is merely the latest of many, many, many reminders that Hollywood isn't actually a progressive industry.
— Alyssa Rosenberg (@AlyssaRosenberg) October 5, 2017
The reporters who worked on the Harvey Weinstein story are heroes. Women who had the courage to speak out are heroes. Huge thanks to all.
— Tomris Laffly (@TomiLaffly) October 5, 2017
Women were not alone in speaking out against Weinstein. Film producer Keith Calder wrote, “Just flipped through some contracts to make sure I’m legally allowed to say Harvey Weinstein is the worst person in the film business.”
“This Harvey Weinstein story is stomach-turning. As is the thought of how many people enabled this behavior,” journalist and author Mark Harris wrote.
This Harvey Weinstein story is stomach-turning. As is the thought of how many people enabled this behavior.
— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) October 5, 2017
Read more reactions below:
From '99-08 I interned/worked in the Tribeca Film Center. EVERYONE heard the stories or knew a woman dealing w this. https://t.co/Ss5VgLR25E
— Michael H. Weber (@thisisweber) October 5, 2017
men are bad https://t.co/VdvEq5lorr
— Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) October 5, 2017
good luck to harvey weinstein on learning about the brave new modern world of not asking women to watch you shower during business meetings
— jordan (@jordansarge) October 5, 2017
Harvey Weinstein, Cinefamily, Fantastic Fest… This industry needs a top to bottom overhaul for working women. Completely unacceptable.
— Brian Formo (@BrianFormo) October 5, 2017