John Oliver took aim at film producer Harvey Weinstein and his defenders in Sunday's edition of "Last Week Tonight." The disgraced Hollywood big-shot was recently ousted from his own company after several exposés – notably in the New Yorker and the New York Times – detailed his decades of alleged sexual harassment and abuse of women in the film industry.
"It's not just his behavior that was troubling, it's the way that people around him excused it," Oliver told viewers. He then aired a news clip of actor Angie Everhart relating how Weinstein had once broken into her room and masturbated in front of her while they were on a boat at the Cannes Film Festival. When she told other people, she said, their reaction had been, "That's just Harvey!"
"What the fuck?!" Oliver exploded. "So everyone knew and they just went with it. 'Oh yeah, Harvey's going to burst into your room and masturbate. That's just Harvey!' He's like a sex criminal version of the Kool-Aid Man."
Oliver went on to slam director Oliver Stone and designer Donna Karan for their initial comments in support of Weinstein. Stone said "It's not easy what he's going through," while Karan took what Oliver described as "an incredible tack" by criticizing women for the way they dress and present themselves nowadays – causing Oliver to question what Karan knows about how women dress: "It's not 1993!"
He finished by offering wry applause to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which on Saturday expelled Weinstein, noting in its statement that "the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over."
"Yes, finally," Oliver snarked, "the group that counts among its current members Roman Polanski, Bill Cosby and Mel Gibson has found the one guy who treated women badly and kicked him out! So congratulations, Hollywood, see you at the next Oscars, where – and this is true – Casey Affleck will be presented [the award for] best actress."
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