Why Did Harvey Weinstein Choose To Dispute Lupita Nyong’o Over Other Accusers?
The disgraced Hollywood producer has tons of women accusing him of misconduct, but Harvey Weinstein has decided to dispute Lupita Nyong’o specifically.
Hollywood is facing a crisis where its members are being outed for wide swaths of sexual misconduct. At the head of this are the Weinstein Brothers—Harvey and Bob—who have both been put on blast with allegations of being sexual predators. With names like Angelina Jolie, Ashley Judd and Cara Delevigne standing atop the list as accusers, it is very telling that Harvey Weinstein has ignored them and chosen to disputing accusations by actress Lupita Nyong’o.
The Academy Award-winning actress claimed the other day that she, too, was sexually harassed by the movie mogul. Through a representative, Weinstein has denied the allegations in a statement released Friday, Oct. 20. “Mr. Weinstein has a different recollection of the events, but believes Lupita is a brilliant actress and a major force for the industry. Last year, she sent a personal invitation to Mr. Weinstein to see her in the Broadway show, Eclipsed,” the statement read.
It’s no secret that Hollywood has a white agenda, pushing the idea that “white is right” or that “white is the ideal standard of beauty.” Weinstein has had his card pulled by filmmakers who have shared thoughts and comments that Harvey has made about black women and other women of color. For instance, British actress Sophie Okonedo was up for the role in a Miramax-produced crime drama, B. Monkey, and Harvey kept questioning Okonedo’s “fuckability,” which also showed a clear view into how he viewed women of color in his mind. Weinstein, as he has done across the board, was not looking at these women he allegedly assaulted for leading role material. Instead, it seems that he was looking to have a “trophy” that he could suppress and control to his whims.
He didn’t go after a Jodie Foster or an Angela Bassett because they didn’t need a Harvey Weinstein to be a star. And with the 12 Years a Slave star detailing her experience at length in an op-ed to The New York Times that was published Thursday, Oct. 19. In the piece, Nyong’o wrote about how Weinstein invited her to his Connecticut home in 2011 while she was still a student at the Yale School of Drama. After having lunch, they entered a private screening room with a large group, where Harvey asked her to go to a bedroom with him and propositioned her for a massage.
“I thought he was joking at first. He was not,” the actress wrote. Nyong’o admitted that she gave him a massage but when he tried to remove his pants, she insisted she leave. She would go on to describe several other encounters with him over the years, including some propositions. Her Oscar win in 2014 forced Weinstein to apologize for his behavior and he said that he would show her “the respect she deserves.” As the latest A-list star to speak out against Harvey Weinstein, his disputing of her following in a long line where white men of power traditionally disregard the claims of the black woman and attempt to belittle them. Hell, look no further than Secretary of State John Kelly who called a black Congresswoman “an empty barrel,” when he didn’t agree with what she said about the oranged-face moron in the White House.
Harvey Weinstein has been expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, fired from the company he founded with his brother Bob, and his comments against Lupita show that he still finds himself “above” reproach.