Hillary Clinton recently shared that she plans to give Harvey Weinstein’s contributions to her campaign to charity: “There’s no doubt about it,” she said in a CNN interview earlier today about the decision.
If you aren’t familiar with the Harvey Weinstein scandal, here’s a quick recap: Exactly one week ago, the New York Times released an expose revealing that Hollywood film producer and seven-time Tony Award winner Harvey Weinstein has been accused of sexual harassment—not just once, or twice, but countless times—by over a dozen women. Since then, he’s been fired.
According to Bloomberg, Weinstein recently quit the board of the Robin Hood Foundation, New York City's largest poverty-fighting organization. He's also been an active supporter and contributor to the Democratic Party and its recent presidential campaigns. According to Business Insider, Weinstein has contributed over 26,000 dollars to Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign. It was only on Monday afternoon that Clinton broke her silence about the scandal:
Statement from Secretary Clinton on Harvey Weinstein: pic.twitter.com/L1l2wl9l0I
— Nick Merrill (@NickMerrill) October 10, 2017
Her initial silence and recent response has drawn criticism and been deemed as inadequate from members of both the Democratic and Republican parties. Former president Barack Obama, who also received a significant share of campaign contributions from Weinstein (and whose daughter, Malia, interned for Weinstein's company during her gap year), has also not yet spoken out against the Harvey Weinstein revelations.
Many Hollywood celebrities have already spoken out against Harvey Weinstein.
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 (@MarkRuffalo) October 8, 2017
— Yashar Ali (@yashar) October 11, 2017
People in positions of power have the responsibility and the ability to speak out for what’s right. Silence is not golden.