The Academy of Motion Pictures has voted to immediately expel Harvey Weinstein over the numerous accusations of sexual assault and harassment, but they were then assailed for their hypocrisy for letting other predators stay.
What did they say about Harvey Weinstein?
The Academy released a statement Saturday about the disgraced movie mogul.
“The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors met today to discuss the allegations against Harvey Weinstein,” the statement read, “and has voted well in excess of the required two-thirds majority to immediately expel him from the Academy.”
“We do so not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues,” it continued, “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. What’s at issue here is a deeply troubling problem that has no place in our society.”
“The Board continues to work to establish ethical standards of conduct that all Academy members will be expected to exemplify,” it concluded.
Who is in the Academy?
There are approximately 6,000 members of the Academy, and they include famous celebrities such as Laura Dern, Whoopi Goldberg, Tom Hanks, Rory Kennedy, Michael Mann and Steven Spielberg.
What was the reaction?
While some praised the Academy for this action, others noted that they still had other sexual predators in their club, and pointed to the Oscar award that was given to child rapist Roman Polanski.
BREAKING: Oscars Academy expels Harvey Weinstein over ‘sexually predatory behaviour’.
* Child rapist Roman Polanski remains a member. pic.twitter.com/fRlzcXYaZp
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 14, 2017
OK so the Academy kicked out Harvey Weinstein.
But not Roman Polanski, Bill Cosby, or Woody Allen.
— Militia Etheridge (@MaryEmilyOHara) October 14, 2017
Oscars Academy has expelled Harvey Weinstein … but convicted child sex offender Roman Polanski still remains a member.
— Mark Williams-Thomas (@mwilliamsthomas) October 14, 2017
The Academy board voted to expel Harvey Weinstein today. How many board members knew that he was a predator before the news broke? pic.twitter.com/DYBAGVuYTC
— Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) October 14, 2017
Serial Rapist Weinstein suffers unimaginable punishment,
Kicked out of Academy of motion pictures.
Cosby still a member.
— Christopher Titus (@TitusNation) October 14, 2017