The hosts of ABC’s “The View” on Monday told newcomer Meghan McCain to “give it a minute” on more Hollywood stars speaking out about the explosive allegations of sexual harassment against Harvey Weinstein when she noted a “lot of crickets” on the issue so far.
The initial allegations broke on Thursday afternoon in a bombshell article by the New York Times, which included revelations that Weinstein had settled decades of harassment claims with at least eight women.
As more accusers have come forward, Weinstein has been fired by The Weinstein Company and several Democrats have given away his contributions to them.
Some Hollywood stars like Jessica Chastain and Meryl Streep have spoken out about the allegations, but CNN host Brian Stelter pointed out Monday that “many A-listers” have remained silent about Weinstein, an Oscar-winning producer whose fingerprints are on some of Hollywood’s biggest movies over the past 30 years.
McCain said she often was asked questions about the sexual harassment scandals at Fox News Channel while she worked there and wondered why the same standard wasn’t being applied in Hollywood, noting that even “Saturday Night Live” reportedly axed jokes about the scandal for its latest show.
“This happened Thursday night,” host Whoopi Goldberg said. “So it’s Monday morning, so if we don’t hear anything else in the next day or two, I think I would be shocked, but I think people are assessing what did I know, and did I know it?”
“And did I look the other way?” host Sunny Hostin asked.
McCain said she’d read about the experiences of actress Rose McGowan, one of Weinstein’s accusers who he settled with in 1997. McGowan has tweeted numerous times since the story broke urging people to break their silence.
“There are a lot of crickets right now, and let me tell you, the media is more than happy to dance on the grave of Bill O’Reilly and all the other sexual harassers in conservative media,” McCain said. “I don’t understand why those same standards [don’t apply in] Hollywood.”
“Give it a minute,” host Joy Behar said.
Goldberg agreed to “give it a minute,” pointing out “The View” immediately addressed the controversy on Friday.
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