Lena Dunham has spoken out once again against Harvey Weinstein, as allegations of sexual harassment continue to surface.
In an op-ed for
The New York Times, the “Girls” creator condemned Weinstein’s behavior and urged the men of Hollywood to speak up in support of the women who’ve come forward with accusations against the producer. She previously spoke out against Weinstein on social media.
“Mr. Weinstein may be the most powerful man in Hollywood to be revealed as a predator, but he’s certainly not the only one who has been allowed to run wild,” Dunham wrote. “His behavior, silently co-signed for decades by employees and collaborators, is a microcosm of what has been happening in Hollywood since always and of what workplace harassment looks like for women everywhere.”
The actress and director made sure to point out the hypocrisy of Hollywood, a “left-leaning industry” that was quick to condemn similar behavior from right-leaning men like Bill O’Reilly, Roger Ailes and President Donald Trump.
“So why the deafening silence, particularly from the industry’s men, when one of our own is outed as having a nasty taste for humiliating and traumatizing women?” she asked.
Dunham went on, writing about her own experience of being sexually harassed by a male director.
″[T]he response by the powers that be was to defend him, question the women ferociously and take ages before letting him go from the network. It was a move based less on his skill than on some ancient loyalty,” she wrote. “It’s that kind of behavior that normalizes this abuse of power.”
The reason I am zeroing in on the men is that they have the least to lose and the most power to shift the narrative, and are probably not dealing with the same level of collective and personal trauma around these allegations. But here we are, days later, waiting for Mr. Weinstein’s most powerful collaborators to say something.
The 31-year-old also apologized for choosing to perform at a benefit for Hillary Clinton, which was organized by The Weinstein Company. Dunham admitted she was aware of the rumors about Weinstein, and while she says she felt the appearance betrayed her values, she “so desperately wanted to support Clinton.”
“I’m sorry I shook the hand of someone I knew was not a friend to women in my industry,” she said, before asking, “Men of Hollywood, what are
you sorry for? What will you refuse to accept anymore? What will you say to fill the void and change the standard?”
“When we stay silent, we condone behavior that none of us could possibly believe is O.K. (unless you do). When we stay silent, we stay on the same path that led us here,” she wrote. “Making noise is making change. Making change is why we tell stories. We don’t want to have to tell stories like this one again and again. Speak louder.”
Some men in Hollywood have spoken out against Weinstein’s actions. Director Kevin Smith said
he felt ashamed knowing Weinstein financed various films during his career, while George Clooney lambasted the Miramax founder’s behavior as “ indefensible.” “Guardians Of The Galaxy” director James Gunn also wrote a poignant statement slamming Weinstein and criticizing “ everyone who enabled [Weinstein] to get away with such behavior.”
However, many of the producer’s most famous collaborators, like Matt Damon, David O. Russell, Russell Crowe, Quentin Tarantino, Brad Pitt and Bradley Cooper, have remained silent. Reps for these men did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.
damning sexual harassment allegations against Weinstein were first published in a bombshell New York Times article last week. Since it was released, a growing number of female celebrities, including Jennifer Lawrence, Olivia Wilde, Meryl Streep and Glenn Close have slammed the producer’s behavior.
In the wake of the report, Weinstein was
fired from his production company. The Weinstein Company also reportedly has plans to change its name and according to Deadline, gave studios the go-ahead to remove Weinstein’s executive producer credit from future TV series and film releases. If you have more information about Harvey Weinstein, send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Also on HuffPost Ashley Judd Ashley Judd told the New York Times that Harvey Weinstein invited her to his hotel room and asked her if he could give her a massage or if she wanted to watch him shower. She told the Times that she thought, “How do I get out of the room as fast as possible without alienating Harvey Weinstein?” Gwyneth Paltrow Gwyneth Paltrow told the New York Times that Weinstein touched her inappropriately. “I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified,” she said, noting that when Weinstein found out she told her then-boyfriend Brad Pitt, "I thought he was going to fire me." Angelina Jolie “I had a bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth, and as a result, chose never to work with him again and warn others when they did,” Angelina Jolie told the New York Times. “This behavior towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable.” Kate Winslet Kate Winslet told Variety that she had heard rumors of Weinstein's behavior for years. "I had hoped that these kind of stories were just made up rumours, maybe we have all been naïve," she said. "And it makes me so angry. There must be ‘no tolerance’ of this degrading, vile treatment of women in ANY workplace anywhere in the world.” Meryl Streep Meryl Streep told HuffPost that the women who came forward about Weinstein's behavior are "heroes." “The disgraceful news about Harvey Weinstein has appalled those of us whose work he championed, and those whose good and worthy causes he supported," she said in a statement. Rose McGowan Rose McGowan has been vocal about the scandal since the New York Times published its bombshell report on Weinstein's alleged misconduct. McGowan, the Times said, was one of several women with whom Weinstein reached a financial settlement following the alleged abuse. After The Weinstein Company fired Harvey, the actress and director called on the rest of the studio's board to resign. "They knew," she said in a tweet. "They funded. They advised. They covered up. They must be exposed. They must resign." Ben Affleck "I am saddened and angry that a man who I worked with used his position of power to intimidate, sexually harass and manipulate many women over decades," Ben Affleck posted on Twitter. "The additional allegations of assault that I read this morning made me sick." Actress Rose McGowan denounced Affleck for implying that he didn't know of the abuse before this week, saying that the pair had previously discussed Weinstein's treatment of her. "You lie," she tweeted. Lena Dunham 'Girls' co-creator and star Lena Dunham penned an op-ed for the New York Times calling on more men to speak out against Weinstein and others like him. "Abuse, threats and coercion have been the norm for so many women trying to do business or make art," she wrote. "Mr. Weinstein may be the most powerful man in Hollywood to be revealed as a predator, but he’s certainly not the only one who has been allowed to run wild. His behavior, silently co-signed for decades by employees and collaborators, is a microcosm of what has been happening in Hollywood since always and of what workplace harassment looks like for women everywhere." George Clooney In an interview with The Daily Beast, George Clooney said that, for decades, he'd heard rumors about Weinstein, but dismissed them as gossip. Calling Weinstein's behavior "disturbing" and "indefensible," Clooney said he had no idea of the severity of the accusations. "A good bunch of people that I know would say, “Yeah, Harvey’s a dog” or “Harvey’s chasing girls,” but again, this is a very different kind of thing," the actor told the Daily Beast. "This is harassment on a very high level. And there’s an argument that everyone is complicit in it. I suppose the argument would be that it’s not just about Hollywood, but about all of us—that every time you see someone using their power and influence to take advantage of someone without power and influence and you don’t speak up, you’re complicit. And there’s no question about that." Jennifer Lawrence Jennifer Lawrence won an Academy Award for "Silver Linings Playbook," which The Weinstein Company distributed. She called the alleged harassment "inexcusable and absolutely upsetting." "I worked with Harvey five years ago, and I did not experience any form of harassment personally, nor did I know about any of these allegations. This kind of abuse is inexcusable and absolutely upsetting," Lawrence said in a statement. "My heart goes out to all of the women affected by these gross actions. And I want to thank them for their bravery to come forward." Hillary Clinton Weinstein was a major Democratic Party benefactor, having donated to or raised money for a host of candidates, including Hillary Clinton. Clinton said that she "was shocked and appalled by the revelations about Harvey Weinstein. The behavior described by women coming forward cannot be tolerated. Their courage and the support of others is critical in helping to stop this kind of behavior." Barack and Michelle Obama Weinstein visited the White House multiple times while Obama was in office after having raised huge funds for his presidential campaign. Earlier this year, Malia Obama also reportedly worked for the Weinstein Company. "Michelle and I have been disgusted by the recent reports about Harvey Weinstein," the Obamas said in a statement. "Any man who demeans and degrades women in such fashion needs to be condemned and held accountable, regardless of wealth or status. We should celebrate the courage of women who have come forward to tell these painful stories. And we all need to build a culture -- including by empowering our girls and teaching our boys decency and respect -- so we can make such behavior less prevalent in the future." Judi Dench Judi Dench, who won an Oscar for her performance in the Weinstein-backed "Shakespeare in Love" and was nominated for two other films under his wing, denounced the alleged abuse. "Whilst there is no doubt that Harvey Weinstein has helped and championed my film career for the past 20 years, I was completely unaware of these offenses which are, of course, horrifying and I offer my sympathy to those who have suffered, and whole-hearted support to those who have spoken out," she said in a statement. Leonardo DiCaprio Leonardo DiCaprio worked with Weinstein on blockbuster films like “Gangs of New York,” “The Aviator,” and “Django Unchained.” "There is no excuse for sexual harrassment or sexual assault-- no matter who you are and no matter what profession," DiCarpio said in a Facebook Post. "I applaud the strength and courage of the women who came forward and made their voices heard." Jessica Chastain Jessica Chastain has been one of the most outspoken critics of Weinstein and of Hollywood's complicity since The New York Times published its damning report. "I was warned from the beginning" about Weinstein, she said in a tweet. "The stories were everywhere. To deny that is to create an environment for it to happen again." Julianne Moore Moore, who starred in the Weinstein-backed film "A Single Man," tweeted that "coming forward about sexual abuse and coercion is scary and women have nothing to be gained personally by doing so. But through their bravery we move forward as a culture, and I thank them. Stand with @ AshleyJudd @ and others." rosemcgowan Colin Firth Calling Weinstein a "frightening man to stand up to," Colin Firth told The Guardian that reading about the allegations gave him "a feeling of nausea." “It must have been terrifying for these women to step up and call him out. And horrifying to be subjected to that kind of harassment. I applaud their courage." Tamron Hall “It’s a woman’s worst nightmare to be in a situation where you believe someone more powerful has control over your life,” former "Today" show host Tamron Hall told HuffPost. She called the allegations against Weinstein "horrifying." Blake Lively Blake Lively spoke out against Weinstein in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. The actress said that she was unaware of the abuse but admitted that "it's devastating to hear." "It's important that women are furious right now. It's important that there is an uprising. It's important that we don't stand for this and that we don't focus on one or two or three or four stories. It's important that we focus on humanity in general and say, 'This is unacceptable.'" Julia Roberts Julia Roberts gave a statement to People, saying, “A corrupt, powerful man wields his influence to abuse and manipulate women. We’ve heard this infuriating, heartbreaking story countless times before. And now here we go again. I stand firm in the hope that we will finally come together as a society to stand up against this kind of predatory behavior, to help victims find their voices and their healing, and to stop it once and for all." Ryan Gosling “I want to add my voice of support for the women who have had the courage to speak out against Harvey Weinstein,” Gosling wrote in a note on Twitter. “Like most people in Hollywood, I have worked with him and I’m deeply disappointed in myself for being so oblivious to these devastating experiences of sexual harassment and abuse. He is emblematic of a systemic problem. Men should stand with women and work together until there is real accountability and change.” Love HuffPost? Become a founding member of HuffPost Plus today. This article originally appeared on HuffPost.