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Dense or Devious? Hollywood, Media and Abuse by Timothy Buchanan

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The series continues. A new week brings new revelations of sexual abuse accusations against men in the Hollywood film industry. This week, actress Uma Thurman is speaking out about Harvey Weinstein’s unwelcome advances. Actress Halle Berry adds her support for the “Me, too” movement. Berry charges that her manager, Vincent Cirrincione, has been abusing “women of color,” adding an odd racial component to the scandal series. In a network news report a publicity photo of Berry shows her wearing a low-cut dress in which half of each of her breasts is exposed.

At the conclusion of the news report, CBS Early Show co-anchor, Gayle King opines, “These men seem to have a problem with the definition of ‘consensual.’” King has massive credibility issues on this subject. Her former Early Show co-anchor, Charlie Rose, was fired after years of similar abuses became public. Her claims of ignorance about Rose’s behavior are unreasonable. King is also familiar with Weinstein, with whom she appears to have been close friends.

Amazingly, at the very next commercial break the network airs a movie trailer for a new film in which several steamy sex-scenes are depicted in succession. The highly unfortunate, raunchy and badly-timed ad shows a man and a woman fondling one another in ways that are appropriate only for a husband and wife in the privacy of their home. The woman in the film clip is not protesting. On the contrary, she appears to be relishing every moment.

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