If you thought that the sexual assault scandal roiling Hollywood would be enough to derail an award ceremony, you would be wrong. The ninth annual Governors Awards unfolded over the weekend and the allegations against Hollywood’s elite were never mentioned.
“Not one of the night’s presenters or honorees mentioned the sex-abuse scandal that’s been spreading through the industry since harassment and assault allegations surfaced last month against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein,” Breitbart reports. “Several high-profile men, including Kevin Spacey and Louis C.K., have since been accused of repeated misconduct.”
Sex abuse isn’t a fun thing to talk about. Show organizers would rather have the attendees blabber about themselves or their work. Still, completely ignoring the scandal is gross. Most of the awards show guests were A-list celebrities gunning for an Oscar nomination. Their popularity wouldn’t have dimmed if they had spoken out about such an important issue.
Hollywood isn’t handling itself very well. The latest round of sex-abuse accusations against elites might be enough to make Tinseltown explode. Previously respected men are now being excoriated as monsters. Accusations that are clearly legitimate are sharing media time with obvious lies and exaggerations.
According to Breitbart: “With sexual harassment off to the side, the Governors Awards was a night of classic Hollywood schmoozing and celebration. One of the most exclusive parties of the year, the guest list also included Tom Hanks, Salma Hayek, Jake Gyllenhaal, James Franco, Sarah Paulson, Emma Stone, Robert Pattinson, Gary Oldman, Ben Stiller, Sofia Coppola, Patty Jenkins and Sam Rockwell.”