Filmmaker and activist Michael Moore attacked the "white male hierarchy" in a Facebook post about Harvey Weinstein and how everyone bears the responsibility for appeasing his sexual abuses.
What did he say exactly?
Moore posted a long screed about sexual harassment and Harvey Weinstein, who he worked with in the past, on a Facebook post published Friday evening.
"Anyone with a flicker of a conscience or a modicum of decency stands, as I do, with the women who've summoned the courage to tell the truth about Harvey Weinstein," he wrote.
"But well-meaning platitudes of support for the abused are simply not enough," he continued.
Claims to have never seen Weinstein act inappropriately
"Why do we live in a society where men do not intervene when they witness the mistreatment of women?" he asked. "I have intervened on more than one occasion and I have fired men who sexually harass women. Harvey Weinstein knew better than to behave inappropriately toward women in my presence. I'm guessing successful sociopaths like him who get away with it for years are very, very careful not to let the kind of men who would stop them dead cold ever get a glimpse of who they really are."
"I don't live in Weinstein's Hollywood world and I make documentaries," he explained, "so I can't speak to the culture he created and seemed to thrive in. I AM the only director that I know of who's actually taken Weinstein to court (for being a thief, which requires a different set of sociopathic skills, but, like sexual harassment, you can probably find them at a few Hollywood studios)."
Destroy the 'white male hierarchy'
"The New York Times investigation into the repugnant and abhorrent behavior of Harvey Weinstein (and the Weinstein Company) is a profound cultural/social/political moment that I believe could actually ignite a historic change in our society," Moore continued. "What if we seized this moment and bring down, once and for all, the white male hierarchy which has ruled our way of life in America since the first boatload of religious zealots arrived on Plymouth Rock?"
Blames economic inequality
"But I want to point out that there is also a fundamental fix that MUST occur in the long run if there is ever to be any real change. We must reform our broken economic system and transform it into one that is equitable and democratic, one where the gap between rich and poor is ELIMINATED so that no longer do a few wealthy men hold the power," he concluded.
Had he said something else about Weinstein before?
Yes, in fact, his post might have been partly in response to critics online who were passing around this tweet from 2015 from the filmmaker praising Weinstein: