Harvey Weinstein is now officially a convicted rapist, but anyone else thinking there’s no real #TimesUp victory here?
Harvey Weinstein’s guilty conviction was hailed as a “victory” for the #MeToo and #TimesUp movement, but was it really?
Am I the only woman who thinks it means shit, that he’ll likely squirm his way out of it, or into some cushy pretend prison pad scenario, and that nothing will actually goddamn change?
Weinstein hobbled his way into the courtroom on Monday 24th February 2020 for his day of reckoning.
He was leaning on a zimmer frame, looking like a frail old man who couldn’t hurt a fly — let alone sexually assault, rape, grope and make life a living hell for so many women.
The true number of his victims will likely never really be known, although there’s been 80 females who have been brave enough to go public so far — all with chillingly similar stories to tell.
Strangely, when the former movie mogul was snapped by a “New York Post” paparazzi outside of court one day there was no sign of his zimmer frame, instead, Weinstein was pictured walking around a Mount Kisco, NY store completely unaided, because, lying cheating sexual predator and manipulator, duh!
Harvey, being Harvey, blamed his defense team for the zimmer frame courthouse prop, which should be zero surprise to anybody, because, let’s face it, Harvey Weinstein will blame everyone and everything before he engages in any self-reflection (if he’s even capable of it, which I seriously doubt given the fact he displays a startling number of the traits required to clinically diagnose somebody as a sociopath, if not a good old fashioned psychopath).
Nobody was more shocked than Weinstein when the verdict came in, following five days of deliberation by the 7 male, 5 female jury members. He was found guilty of third-degree rape and a first-degree criminal sexual act and ordered to be detained at the notorious Rikers Island while awaiting sentencing.
Inmate №06581138Z (the rapist formerly known as Harvey Weinstein) kicked off the Monday with a breakfast meeting at the swanky Four Seasons Hotel — because, presumably, there’s plenty of people out there still eager to work with sexual predators, misogynists and bullies — not to mention vote them into the White House (but that’s a whole other kettle of fish, so to speak).
Weinstein ended the Monday, following his guilty verdict, at Manhattan’s Bellevue Hospital, after complaining of chest pains, and “high blood pressure” concerns.
Cry me a fucking river of salty man tears Weinstein.
But, don’t worry too much about poor old 06581138Z, as according to The New York Times, because of his “chest pains” and ”high blood pressure” he won’t be subjected to the regular (and by that I mean, the not powerful and multi-millionaire) Rikers Island inmate experience when released from hospital.
Instead, it’s believed he’ll be transferred to North Infirmary Command, the medical facility that his highly paid stable of fat cat attorneys requested their privileged client be sent to.
Chances are, in fact, that 06581138Z won’t have any interaction with the hoi polloi at all, as the medical facility boasts private double-sized rooms, with their own TV, shower, bathroom, and even a telephone. All the better to facilitate yet more intimidation and threats against the women he’s previously mauled and/or who have dared to speak out against or to cross the great and mighty Weinstein.
I mean, maybe it’s just a coincidence that one of the female jurors on the case has been forced to go into hiding after receiving numerous anonymous threats, accusing her of being “a snitch”?
Juror number two’s sibling spoke to The New York Post, and admitted that her sister is seriously “scared”, has canceled all of her social media accounts, cut off contact with her boyfriend and moved into a “safe house”.
Let’s hope she doesn’t suffer from any “high blood pressure” issues like poor, poor Harvey.
If there’s anybody out there who still believes in the fallacy that is the supposed US “justice” system, just take one second to compare the convicted rapist multi-millionaires “prison” experience to that of a poor, African American kid, who’s arrested on some minor charge, unable to raise bail, and therefore sent to Rikers general population, to await a court appearance — for up to FOUR YEARS in some cases.
Yep, and that’s in a country that supposedly believes in “innocent until proven guilty”.
How about 16-year-old If there’s anybody out there who still believes in the fallacy that is the supposed US “justice” system, just take one second to compare the convicted rapist multi-millionaires “prison” experience to that of a poor, African American kid, who’s arrested on some minor charge, unable to raise bail, and therefore sent to Rikers general population, to await a court appearance — for up to FOUR YEARS in some cases. Yep, and that’s in a country that supposedly believes in “innocent until proven guilty”.
How about 16-year-old Kalief Browder for example? He was just a poor black kid who was unable to raise bail after being accused of stealing a backpack in 2010, so he was sent straight to Rikers, without the chance to pass “chest pains” or “bone spurs” go, while he awaited trial.
The teen spent years languishing in the infamously dangerous and violent overpopulated prison, two of the years were spent in solitary confinement, where he was locked in a cell totally alone for 23 hours a day, 7 days a week.
In the end, after three years of hell, Browder didn’t even get to go to trial, because guess what? The prosecutor’s case was determined to be lacking any actual evidence, so the kid, who wasn’t even guilty (in a court of law anyway) was released.
Two years later Kalief Browder took his own life, reportedly because of “the mental, physical and sexual abuse he sustained in prison”.
Oh, the irony.
In fairness though, inmate 06581138Z wasn’t accused of anything as heinous as allegedly stealing a backpack–oh no, he just raped and assaulted multiple women, and was actually found guilty, after literally decades of getting away with it scot-free, or by paying off his victims and forcing them to sign gagging orders.
Meanwhile, according to “Variety”, Weinstein still refuses to admit that he’s done anything wrong. In fact, apparently, he is “in disbelief,” but “not delusional,” about his conviction.
“He’s realistic, and he knows he’s got a major problem. He’s not delusional,” Arthur Aidala, one of the attorneys for the rapist said. “But at the same time, we didn’t get into anything about him being apologetic. He’s very consistent that he didn’t do anything wrong — he didn’t do anything against anyone’s will.”
No shit Sherlock, he’s Harvey fucking Weinstein.
Part of me actually thinks Weinstein truly believes subjecting those poor unsuspecting women to his sagging flabby naked pink flesh, and ramming his cock down their throats truly was completely “OK”.
They even got a part in a movie sometimes in return, or the ability to maintain a glittering career because of it — they should be damn well GRATEFUL to Weinstein and his overly privileged penis, what’s wrong with these women?!!!!
The attorney went on to dismiss one of the convictions as being “ridiculous” because apparently, Jessica Mann, who was the victim of Weinstein’s third-degree rape conviction, had a consensual relationship with him over a period of time, which presumably immediately renders her as being “unrapeable”.
“They were boyfriend and girlfriend. That was the no-means-no rape — it wasn’t the forcible rape,” Aidala, a truly sorry excuse for a human being, claimed.
NOTE TO ARTHUR AIDALA: maybe you should go buy one of those “Law for Dummies” books, as the Criminal Law (Rape) (Amendment) Act, which was passed in 1990 made it pretty damn clear that even if you are married you still don’t have the right to sick your dick into your partner whenever the urge takes you. Or perhaps, see if your viewpoint changes if you’re woken up one morning by your partner ramming a broomstick up your ass. At least it might wipe that smug smile off your face.
Meanwhile, Weinstein will remain in his “prison” spa until sentencing, which is set for March 11, and he could face up to 29 years.
Then there are the two felony counts of forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, sexual penetration by use of force and sexual battery by restraint, that LA County filed against Weinstein on January 6, 2020, that he still has to stand trial for.
But come on, does anybody honestly believe he will get more than a few years, if that?
Weinstein didn’t even allegedly steal a backpack! Hasn’t the poor old man suffered enough already?
Plus, he did “lots” of charity work too, apparently. So, well, you know.
“Most judges, almost any judge, would give him a very low end of [that sentence] range, based on his age, his lack of any criminal history whatsoever and based on his good deeds and good acts throughout his life,” the reliably despicable Aidala said, before waxing lyrical about how his client helped raise millions of dollars for Hurricane Sandy relief and was on the board of the Robin Hood Foundation to end poverty in New York.
“He was really involved with a lot of philanthropy,” he concluded.
Well, you know what Aidala?
Adolf Hitler loved his dogs. He really did.
Hitler adored his dogs in fact, he really cared for them — but that doesn’t make him any less of a despicable piece of shit.
All said and done, you wouldn’t be far off track in assuming I’m a bitter angry cynical old woman—because I am and trust me, I have very good reason to be so—but, I just can not buy into the narrative that the Weinstein verdict is a #MeToo “watershed moment” (and don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge supporter and advocate for the movement).
Perhaps I’ve just known about Weinstein’s despicable behavior for too many decades now, and perhaps I know far too many details of what he habitually did, and perhaps I have spoken to way too many of his victims over the course of my career, but, given his powerful white man multi-millionaire status and privilege, I just can’t help believing Harvey fucking Weinstein will enjoy a much happier ending (no pun intended) than that of the innocent, poor black Kalief Browder.
Now, prove me wrong USA.
For the love of Allah, prove me fucking wrong.
An earlier version of this post was first published on DailyCandidNews.com.