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Emma Thompson on Women, Predators and Hollywood

The culture of power and ‘extreme masculinity’ in the movie industry.

Submitted by Tyee Staff, 17 Oct 2017

 

After the fall of Harvey Weinstein in the wake of sexual harassment and sexual abuse allegations, Emma Thompson is one of many stars in the film industry speaking up candidly about the movie industry.

“He’s not a sex addict,” said Thompson in this clip from BBC Newsnight. “He’s a predator.

She calls Weinstein the “tip of a very particular iceberg” in an industry where predatory behaviour by people in power is common. She cites “extreme masculinity” in Hollywood as one factor.

Bullying, belittling, and harassment, she says, are nothing new.

Watch the clip above for Thompson’s insights on an industry coming to terms with decades of hidden abuse.

“This has been part of our world — the woman’s world — since time immemorial.”

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