Hollywood isn’t as picture perfect as we once thought. The gossip and scandal seems innocent now. TMZ chasing Paris Hilton down the street was child’s play, compared to what the red carpet has rolled out and unveiled for the world to see.
Hidden behind the award shows and glamour was secrecy. The director called cut, but it seems as if everybody kept acting. They turned a blind eye to the culture slowly developing, along with the habit to ignore.
In October of this year, several women came forward bravely defying the silence. They placed forward accusations that Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstien and movie executive had sexual or indecently assaulted them. Among the women were likes such as Rose McGowan and Ashley Judd.
Following their accusations, Weinstein was ousted from his position in the academy and several more women came forward bravely recounting their own experiences. Several other assault claims rose from other actors including Kevin Spacey and Jeffery Tambor. Most recently, Ed Westwick the actor who played everyone’s favourite bad boy in Gossip Girl has been accused of sexual assault.
Regardless of your appreciation of the talent these men hold, it’s unacceptable they consider themselves powerful enough to behave this way and not be held accountable. Sure it’s sad that ‘House of Cards’ lost Kevin Spacey, but it’s also sad someone may have suffered at his hands if the accusations are true.
When somebody laughs and implies that she asked for it
Just ’cause she was wearing a skirt
Oh is that how it works?
The United Nations claim that sexual assault occurs to 92 people per 100,000 of the population. In Australia, statistics show that in 2016 just over 23,000 accounts were recorded around the country. Last year was the fifth consecutive year that the recorded sexual assaults rose nationally. Of these reported 85% of attacks were inflicted upon females.
The entertainment industry proves to be the model we look to for advice and guidance. The movies and music we consume contain and reaffirm set upon morals that are agreeable within society.
When you hear somebody say somebody hits like a girl
How does that hit you?
Is that such a bad thing?
These statistics prove alarming. It proves that it’s reoccurring and it’s not showing signs of slowing down. We’ve seen sexual and indecent assault rock the world of Hollywood previously, with Rolf Harris and Bill Cosby. The pair have both been found guilty and sentenced to prison time, but behind them they leave other powerful names in Hollywood sitting quietly on their guilt.
Following the allegations against Harvey Weinstein, Keith Urban came out with a song co-written by Shane McAnally, Nicolle Galyon, and Ross Copperman. Specifically being from a male in this industry. He has a wife, two daughters and he is a son. It’s personal for him.
When somebody talks about how it was Adam first
Does that make you second best?
Or did he save the best for last?
His lyrics are not only supportive but defensive to the dominative perceptions these Hollywood men may hold or have held. It’s empowering and reassuring to know that this isn’t an us vs them scenario. It’s not a girl against boy. He’s reaffirming that there’s an importance to lift women up and support.
She’s the heart of life
She’s the dreamer’s dream
She’s the hands of time
She’s the queen of kings
Keith Urban’s song was an anthem we needed. It’s something we can use to remind ourselves of our strength and where our tolerance should end. It’s going to be the song I blast in the car for a long time to come. It may not put these men in prison, but it might prove to them that we’re not standing for it.