In reaction to the unfolding scandal of sexual harassment and abuse surrounding Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and the company that bears his name, former Weinstein Co. employee Jessica Forsythe writes at RealClearMarkets:
I worked for Harvey Weinstein and it’s everything you can imagine, sans any of the presumed glamour. Curse words fly at and around you constantly, threats and bullying are the prized management modus operandi. The turnover is ridiculous and the office environment is as toxic as they come. The strategy for many employees is to throw a blow-out party at the six-month mark to numb themselves for the following six. Once that year lands on their resume, they leave skid marks a la Wile E. Coyote all the way out of Tribeca. I’m sure a special form of cancer is going to come out of 99 Hudson Street specific to the type of stress born there.
The odd thing is, no one makes any money working for Harvey Weinstein. He pays peanuts and pennies to some of the hardest workers in the United States. The whole outfit is run like a cheap insurance agency in outer Queens.
I hope none of this comes as a surprise to anyone but I’m afraid it might. I’ve known that this was what show business was like since I was a child. It has been true for a century and it may be true a century from now.
Sadly, I think that Ms. Forsythe is kidding herself. There will always be “new thing” young starlets hungry for fame and willing to sell their souls not to mention their bodies for it. I trust that the same is true for young male performers as well these days. We aren’t hearing complaints from them. Only from actresses nearing the ends of their Hollywood careers.