24 February 2020

The Six-Inch Rabbit

So Harvey Weinstein is now a convicted rapist. At last.

Over a quarter of a century too late. <SARCASM> Selfishly, I'm pissed off that the combination of the damage Weinstein did to Annabella Sciorra directly, and via blacklisting, robbed me of several unknown-and-unknowable pieces of bloody art. And she's just one among dozens of victims, making this suitable for a multipart series on Lifetime. If, that is, actresses are available who weren't themselves victims. </SARCASM> If there is a "message" in this verdict, it is that the "beyond a reasonable doubt" standard can work… for a white man with experienced, expensive defense counsel. Otherwise, not so much. PDF

What really pisses me off the most about this is that so many people knew… and did nothing. Or worse. And sadly, Weinstein's abuse of power was far from limited to sex… but now we're venturing near confidential settlements. Suffice it to say that some of Miramax's "triumphs" weren't really Miramax's.

Application of the foregoing — all of it — to the packaging problem is left as an exercise for those not paying attention to its implications for this year's presidential campaign.