Hollywood’s Double Standard on Sex Abuse

by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th.  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  October 16, 2017   

"It takes a village to raise a child; it takes a village to abuse one"

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Hollywood and their media lapdogs love attacking the Catholic Church for clerical sex abuse scandals, all while protecting their own abusers from scrutiny.

Hollywood produced a 2015 movie, Spotlight, which focused on the Boston Globe's breaking coverage of the Church's clerical sex abuse crisis. In the movie, attorney Mitchell Garabedian summed up the Church's systemic problem of Catholics covering for pedophile priests. "It takes a village to raise a child," he said. "It takes a village to abuse one."

The New York Times (NYT) broke the Weinstein story of decades-old predatory sexual abuse, which is shaking Hollywood to its foundations. It was the NYT, however, that killed a similar story on Weinstein back in 2004. Their journalist, Sharon Waxman, reportedly got a call from Matt Damon and Russell Crowe at the behest of Weinstein asking her to back off the story.


On Saturday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted to expel Weinstein. In the statement, the Academy admits that Hollywood's sex abuse problem is institutional and goes far beyond Weinstein.

"We do so," the academy explained, "to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over. What's at issue here is a deeply troubling problem."

Secular media has failed until now in uncovering Hollywood's sexual abuse scandals while never missing an opportunity to report on the Church's sex abuse crisis. The double standard is little surprise, since much of big media is in the pocket of corporate Hollywood.

Watch the panel discuss big media's hypocrisy in The Download—Hollywood's Open Secret.


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