In light of the sexual assault, harassment and rape allegations against one of Hollywood’s most powerful people, Harvey Weinstein, celebrities are applauding the The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for voting him off their ranks. The vote was cast “well in excess of the required two-thirds majority” of the 54-member Academy Board of Governors, which includes Steven Spielberg, Whoopi Goldberg, Tom Hanks and Laura Dern.
“We do so not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues 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,” the Academy said in a statement. “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.”
Harvey Weinstein was recently exposed for raping and/or sexually harassing numerous women in and out of Hollywood, the incidents spanning over decades.
Celebrities expressed their disgust over Weinstein’s actions, as well as to comment the Academy for doing the right thing.
“Amen, the academy!!!” Emily Rossum wrote, following Weinstein’s oust.
Amen, the academy!!!
— Emmy Rossum (@emmyrossum) October 14, 2017
“As a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences I am proud of their decision to expel Harvey Weinstein,” Ron Perlman said.
As a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences I am proud of their decision to expel Harvey Weinstein.
— Ron Perlman (@perlmutations) October 14, 2017
“I was deeply disturbed to hear the news about Harvey Weinstein’s behavior,” Jennifer Lawrence said in a statement to Variety. “I worked with Harvey five years ago and I did not experience any form of harassment personally, nor did I know about any of these allegations. This kind of abuse is inexcusable and absolutely upsetting… My heart goes out to all of the women affected by these gross actions. And I want to thank them for their bravery to come forward.”
“Coming forward about sexual abuse and coercion is scary and women have nothing to be gained personally by doing so … But through their bravery we move forward as a culture, and I thank them. Stand with @AshleyJudd @rosemcgowan and others,” said Julianne Moore.
1. Coming forward about sexual abuse and coercion is scary and women have nothing to be gained personally by doing so.
— Julianne Moore (@_juliannemoore) October 9, 2017
“I was warned from the beginning,” Jessica Chastain wrote on Twitter. “The stories were everywhere. To deny that is to create an environment for it to happen again.”
I was warned from the beginning. The stories were everywhere. To deny that is to create an enviornment for it to happen again.
— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) October 9, 2017
“The fact that these women are starting to speak out about the gross misconduct of one of our most important and well regarded film producers, is incredibly brave and has been deeply shocking to hear,” Kate Winslet said in a statement released to Variety.
“To be clear what Harvey Weinstein did was a disgusting abuse of power and horrible. I hope we are now seeing the beginning of the end of these abuses,” Mark Ruffalo wrote on Twitter.
“As a father of 2 girls, I thank women like @lenadunham @AshleyJudd & @rosemcgowan 4 their candor, bravery & vocalness,” said Josh Gad.
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) October 7, 2017
“Like most people in Hollywood, I have worked with him and I am deeply disappointed in myself for being so oblivious to these devastating experiences of sexual harassment and abuse,” Ryan Gosling wrote. “Men should stand with women and work together until there is real accountability and change.”
— Ryan Gosling (@RyanGosling) October 12, 2017
“Michelle and I have been disgusted by the recent reports of Harvey Weinstein,” President Barack Obama said. “Any man who demeans and degrades women in such fashion needs to be condemned and held accountable, regardless of wealth or status.”
He added, “We should celebrate the courage of women who have come forward to tell these painful stories. And we all need to build a culture, including by empowering our girls and teaching our boys decency and respect, so we can make such behavior less prevalent in the future.”
“I was shocked and appalled by the revelations about Harvey Weinstein,” Hilary Clinton said in a statement. “The behavior described by women coming forward cannot be tolerated. Their courage and the support of others is critical in helping to stop this kind of behavior.”