While flocks of women are reliving and telling tales of their disturbing experiences with alleged Hollywood predator Harvey Weinstein, one of Buzzfeed’s woke black writers has other things on her mind; the lack of diversity of his victims.
In an article for Buzzfeed titled “There’s an elephant in Harvey Weinstein’s hotel room”, Feminist Bim Adewunmi laments the fact that all of Harvey’s victims are white, and argues that the reason black women do not get leading roles in movies is because they are often seen as “not fuckable” by producers.
She argues that while the sexual assault allegations against Harvey are mainly being an issue about sexual harassment, they are also an issue about race:
The elephant in the room in discussions about the alleged crimes and misdemeanors of Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein looks eerily similar to an elephant of the past. It is the Race elephant. And among the allegations, the question of race is one that we are not really looking to engage with, because it is knotty and gnarly. But it bears talking about, because there are black women in Hollywood, and not talking about it does us all a disservice.
In Hollywood, where both racism and sexism are rampant, what can look like a sort of mitigated blessing ends up highlighting another insidious problem in (the societal microcosm that is) Hollywood: Black women do not often come up for the kind of prestigious high-profile and award-winning roles that a producer with Weinstein’s power could offer.
……..If we are to discern a general message about black women (and other women of color) from the product churned out by Hollywood, it is that they are not seen as leading role material, and that is intertwined with the idea that they are not desirable “trophies.”I would think not being considered a desirable trophy by a sexual predator is a good thing… but that’s just me.
…….the narrative coming out of Hollywood right now is about the victims who have come forward with allegations specifically against Harvey Weinstein, and that list is largely made up of white women. This is worth remarking upon, not because it is odd, but because it is decidedly quotidian, considering who is permitted to be in the room at even the lowest levels of the industry.
…….In an industry as white as Hollywood, the racially problematic “attraction question” is part of what reduces the shelf life of black actresses as a matter of course, causing many of them to get half as far in twice the time it takes their white counterparts. To be deemed “fuckable” is not the honor a certain kind of man (and woman) believes it to be, but the ideas of fuckability are entrenched, and they serve to exclude black women very early on in the conversation — while dooming the women who do go on to get the roles to gross sexual harassment or assault
Now this is where things start getting weird.
She lists the different movies that have been produced by Weinstein’s production company, and notes that very few of them have starred black women. Her conclusion: Harvey Weinstein doesn’t want to sexually abused black women (As if that is a bad thing):
A cursory glance of both companies’ slates suggests fewer than 10 films starring black women or other women of color, Jackie Brown (1997), Frida (2002), Bride and Prejudice (2004), and Southside With You (2016) being the most recognizable. Black women weren’t even making it into Weinstein’s predatory thought process except, probably, to be expressly excluded.I guess we should be alarmed that a serial sexual harasser didn’t incorporate diversity into his harassment escapades.
A migrant man has been arrested after a stabbing rampage in a central square in Munich.
Police were called after a man injured four people and tried but failed to stab two others, in the Bavarian capital.
The victims were five men and one woman, Munich police spokesman Marcus da Gloria Martins said.
'We have arrested a person who very strongly resembles the description by witnesses, but we cannot confirm that he is the attacker,' Martins said.
Several were injured in the attack, at five locations within close proximity to each other - none thought to be life-threatening.
The attacker has been described as a North African, unshaven man travelling on a black bike, roughly 40-years-old wearing grey trousers, a green jacket and carrying a backpack with a sleeping mat.
The attack happened at 6.30GMT, near the Rosenheimer station. Police urged residents to remain in their homes while the manhunt continued.
Police also advised the public to stay away from Ostpark, which is around 2.5 miles (4km) away from the scene of the attack.
Munich police used their official Twitter channel to issue a warning urging locals to stay away from three specific areas: Ostbahnhof, Ostparkand and Rosenheimer, and remain indoors if possible.
The police tweeted following the arrest of a man: 'We were able to arrest a suspect. It is currently unclear whether it is the offender.'
And earlier said they were unclear about the attacker's motives: 'We are searching for the offender with all police officers available. Until now we know nothing about the motivation.'
Video footage shows a helicopter flying overhead searching for the attacker.
Twitter is reportedly planning to crackdown on ‘hate and abuse’ on their platform with the rollout of a new update.TechCrunch reports that following a number of tweets from Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey last week, in which he discussed promised more aggressive rule enforcement on Twitter’s platform, the company has announced a crackdown on hate and abuse on the social media network as part of a new update. A number of Dorsey’s tweets can be seen below.
Now Twitter plans to take action. Speaking to TechCrunch a Twitter representative said, “Although we planned on sharing these updates later this week, we hope our approach and upcoming changes, as well as our collaboration with the Trust and Safety Council, show how seriously we are rethinking our rules and how quickly we’re moving to update our policies and how we enforce them.”
Twitter’s head of safety policy also outlined the company’s new tactics when dealing with abuse in an email to Twitter’s Trust and Safety Council. In the past, Twitter’s policies have not placed specific guidelines on how to deal with violent tweets or images, “hate symbols” have also not been clearly defined. The company still hasn’t specifically defined “hate symbols” but did say that, “at a high level, hateful imagery, hate symbols, etc will now be considered sensitive media.” This means that certain “hate symbols” will show a warning that users must click on to reveal the image.
With “violent groups” on their platform, Twitter, “will take enforcement action against organizations that use/have historically used violence as a means to advance their cause.” These violent groups have also not been defined by the company. Twitter already takes action against individuals or groups that promote or threaten violence but soon tweets that glorify violence will also be monitored. “Murdering makes sense. That way they won’t be a drain on social services,” the email states as an example.
Updates to policies relating to non-consensual nudity, such as revenge porn or creep-shots, have been clearly outlined, “We will immediately and permanently suspend any account we identify as the original poster/source of non-consensual nudity and/or if a user makes it clear they are intentionally posting said content to harass their target. We will do a full account review whenever we receive a Tweet-level report about non-consensual nudity. If the account appears to be dedicated to posting non-consensual nudity then we will suspend the entire account immediately.”
Unwanted sexual advances on the platform will also be subject to greater scrutiny, “We are going to update the Twitter Rules to make it clear that this type of behavior is unacceptable. We will continue taking enforcement action when we receive a report from someone directly involved in the conversation. Once our improvements to bystander reporting go live, we will also leverage past interaction signals (eg things like block, mute, etc) to help determine whether something may be unwanted and action the content accordingly.”
Twitter’s head of policy wrote in an email, “We realize that a more aggressive policy and enforcement approach will result in the removal of more content from our service. We are comfortable making this decision, assuming that we will only be removing abusive content that violates our Rules. To help ensure this is the case, our product and operational teams will be investing heavily in improving our appeals process and turnaround times for their reviews.”
The full email can be read below:
Dear Trust & Safety Council members,
I’d like to follow up on Jack’s Friday night Tweetstorm about upcoming policy and enforcement changes. Some of these have already been discussed with you via previous conversations about the Twitter Rules update. Others are the result of internal conversations that we had throughout last week.
Here’s some more information about the policies Jack mentioned as well as a few other updates that we’ll be rolling out in the weeks ahead.
In addition to launching new policies, updating enforcement processes and improving our appeals process, we have to do a better job explaining our policies and setting expectations for acceptable behavior on our service. In the coming weeks, we will be:
All the best,
Head of Safety Policy
Netflix’s Chelsea won’t continue past the end of 2017, host Chelsea Handler announced Wednesday via social media.
In a lengthy Twitter post, Handler attributed the talk show’s cancellation to her desire to “devote as much time as I can to becoming a more knowledgeable and engaged citizen and to focus on projects that have significance to me. My goal is to be better informed, raise my voice, and participate in a more meaningful way.”
The comedienne adds that she will continue to produce documentaries with Netflix, and that her eponymous series will continue to stream weekly through December.
Chelsea premiered in May 2016 and was renewed for a second season 10 weeks later. Though designed in a thrice-weekly, half-hour format, Season 2 made the switch to once-weekly, hour-long episodes.