Woody Allen was interviewed recently by the BBC regarding the sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein. He stated that:
“You also don’t want it to lead to a witch-hunt atmosphere, a Salem atmosphere, where every guy in an office who winks at a woman is suddenly having to call a lawyer to defend himself.”
This has come at a time when many powerful men have been accused of sexually assaulting women – from Bill Cosby to the POTUS – and in a week where the MeToo hashtag has exploded, revealing the extent sexual harassment and assault people (especially women) are exposed to. #ΜeToo has been like lifting a rock to find all the dark and predatory creatures that lurk beneath it. Creatures that many of us suspected were there but have tried not to come face-to-face with for fear it would be too much to handle.
But it is high time these acts of sexual harassment and aggression were brought into the light. We need to be aware of the extent of them. So Allen (A powerful man with a more than dubious sexual past) should not be referring to the revealing of sexual misconduct as a ‘Witch hunt’ because this term is both misleading and disingenuous.