Harvey Weinstein, the Underdog Who Became a Scapegoat

Harvey Weinstein

Actress Susan Sarandon has expressed concern about the individuals who were complicit in Harvey Weinstein’s actions but have not faced significant repercussions. She believes that these individuals, who knew about Weinstein’s behavior and facilitated it, are equally responsible.

In Weinstein’s Case, while he was certainly found guilty of numerous serious offenses, some people argue that the focus on him has allowed other individuals and systemic issues within Hollywood to escape scrutiny.

Susan Sarandon, who was also the guest of honor at the 28th edition of the Premio Ragusani nel Mondo, an award given to those who have elevated the city’s name on the international stage, has pointed out that many people who enabled Weinstein’s behavior are still working in the film industry.

However, being a scapegoat, a term originates from an ancient ritual, reminiscent of those in Sicily or other sites that often inspire cinema, not absolve Weinstein of his actions. His conviction was a result of extensive legal proceedings and was based on substantial evidence.

Harvey Weinstein’s persona cannot be fully understood without acknowledging both his rise and fall in the film industry

The perspective of French philosopher and psychoanalyst Sabine Prokhoris in Le Mirage #Metoo, which shifts the topic from an American environment to a European one, is interesting.

Prokhoris opens up the forbidden debate. She describes and discusses the theoretical beliefs that cement the now sacred hashtag and demonstrates how its consequences are actually harmful for women and everyone.

Regardless, understanding Weinstein’s narrative requires us to return to the starting point of his career.

He began as an underdog, expected to lose, but managed to achieve significant success, and cannot be fully understood without acknowledging both his rise and fall in the motion picture industry. (Sergio Scialabba)


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