From the earliest days of Hollywood, maids were place finagled and manipulated by older people in strong predicaments. And its clear that, although Harvey Weinstein has been outed, little has changed
In the Hollywood dream factory, trauma surfaces as light entertainment. In 2013, introducing the index of excellent supporting actress campaigners at a pre-Oscars episode, comedian Seth MacFarlane quipped:” Congratulations, you five maids no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein .” What was chilling about this was not just that MacFarlane followed it up at the Oscars with a flow of “edgy” mockeries, including the line that nine-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis had” 16 years before she’s too old for Clooney” and the repulsive We Saw Your Boobs song. What is genuinely distressing is that everyone- even people who had no meaning of what has now emerged about Weinstein’s behaviour- got the nonsense. The intuition that female stars and aspiring aces are required to accept the attentions, at the very least, of older male studio executives and creators, is as old as the Hollywood hills.