Film aficionados watched on in horror as details of Hollywood’s systematic sexual abuse have been revealed over the past few months.
It all started with the exposure of Harvey Weinstein as an alleged rapist and sexual predator. Since then, actors have come forward with their own ‘Me Too’ allegations of sexual harassment at the hands of numerous leading men, such as Dustin Hoffman, Kevin Spacey and Ed Westwick.
While hailing the bravery of victims who spoke out, Hollywood has been criticised for allowing a culture of silence to breed behind the closed doors of casting rooms and fancy LA hotel rooms.
But it would seem some spoke out against Weinstein culture, in their own unique and subtle way.
Some say Family Guy predicted the incident between Kevin Spacey and a young Anthony Rapp in a season four scene, originally aired in May 2005, which sees Stewie accuse the now-disgraced actor of paedophilia.
The writers also mimic Weinstein’s abusive tactics in Family Guy season 16 trailer:
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Seth McFarlane, while hosting the Oscars in 2013 announced the nominations for Best Supporting Actress by exclaiming, ‘You five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein’.
You can watch as the audience awkwardly laugh along in the clip below:
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Actress and singer-songwriter Courtney Love gave a warning to future actresses to keep away from Harvey Weinstein back in an old 2005 red carpet interview.
But did Pixar also allude to Weinstein’s behaviour in the Toy Story 2 Blooper reel?
You can watch it below and see if you spot the suggestive segment:
About 3.5 minutes into the bloopers reel, amid Woody fooling around with a sellotape reel and Buzz farting in his toy box, there’s a dark joke that now takes on a new poignancy.
Andy’s favourite cowboy can be seen chatting to Jessie and Bullseye.
Searching for Stinky Pete The Prospector, Woody turns his toy box around to find the old fictional character inside chatting to two Barbie dolls.
He chuckles, taking their hands, as he tells them:
…And so you two are absolutely identical? You know I’m sure I could get you a part in Toy Story 3.
I’m sorry, are we back? Oh! Alright girls, lovely talking with you. Yes, anytime you’d like some tips on acting I’d be glad to chat with you. Off you go then…
Harvey Weinstein has been accused of many incidents of gross sexual misconduct – including harassment, sexual assault and rape – by over 50 women.
While the Toy Story 2 blooper segment ‘joke’ is by no means a direct indictment of Weinstein’s own behaviour, it is indicative of the widespread culture of silence surrounding sexual harassment of many victims at the hands of powerful individuals within the industry.
Now, and only now, with safety in numbers, have these strong women felt able to talk about the abuse they suffered, showing just how insipid and poisonous the nature of sexual abuse can be, at the hands of powerful people.
There’s also the deafening silence of those survivors who’ve been unable to come forward, due to their circumstances, which we would be remiss to forget.
Reminder that if a woman didn't post #MeToo, it doesn't mean she wasn't sexually assaulted or harassed. Survivors don't owe you their story.
— Alexis Benveniste (@apbenven) October 16, 2017
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