Late-Night Lately: Addressing Weinstein and Trump's Latest Media Outrage

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John Oliver on Sunday became the first late-night host to address the allegations of sexual harassment aimed at Harvey Weinstein in a New York Times report that was published last week.

Oliver noted on Last Week Tonight that this week marked the one-year anniversary of the leaked Access Hollywood tape in which then presidential candidate Donald Trump made his infamous “Grab them by the pussy” remarks about women, segueing to the Weinstein scandal, which on Sunday cost the film mogul his job. 

In response to the exposé, Weinstein released a statement that read, in part: “I came of age in the ’60s and ’70s, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different. That was the culture then. I have since learned it’s not an excuse, in the office — or out of it. To anyone.”

“Yeah, you’re right — your excuse isn’t an excuse,” Oliver said. “In fact, it isn’t even an excuse for that behavior in the ’60s! ‘Well back then, we had no idea that women didn’t want to be forced to look at dicks. That wasn’t discovered by scientists until 1988. It was a different time.'”

On Monday night, more hosts weighed in. Right off the bat, Jimmy Kimmel addressed any accusations that late night was collectively going to take it easy on Weinstein since he is a liberal Hollywood figure.

Kimmel also made a Weinstein joke: “What’s the difference between Weinstein and the Pillsbury Doughboy? When the Pillsbury Doughboy offers you a role he doesn’t ask you to watch him take a shower for it,” Kimmel said. 

Over on Late Night With Seth Meyers, the host brought out three of his female writers — Amber Ruffin, Jenny Hagel and Ally Hord — for their thoughts on Weinstein. “We want to start by applauding the women who went on the record,” Hagel said.

The women then tackled Weinstein’s apology statement, questioning many aspects of it. “He blamed his disrespecting of women on the era he came from, which would be a good excuse if he came from a time machine,” said Hord. A series of clips then showed the women’s reactions upon reading Weinstein’s statement, which included spit-takes, throwing a phone in a trash can and lobbing a computer out of a window.

Meyers’ A Closer Look segment also tackled the bullying, silencing and coercing from powerful men like Weinstein and Trump, as well as the “toxic culture of male entitlement.”

Slamming Trump’s presidency as an “explicitly misogynous” performance of “dominance,” he said, “Donald Trump is perhaps the most famous example of this kind of abuse of male power, but he is by no means the only one. … [Weinstein’s] entire ordeal is yet another window into the entitled mind of powerful, predatory men who are used to operating without consequence.”

On The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, the CBS host slammed the mogul, whom he called a “human Shrek,” saying that the disturbing allegations of sexual harassment amount to “monstrous behavior that in a just world would not have been allowed to go on for decades. It is indefensible.”

Colbert also took up reports that The Weinstein Company may be changing its name following the mogul’s ouster, joking that the company’s looking for a “more positive” moniker like “Asbestos Child Slappers, Inc.”

Later on CBS, Late Late Show host James Corden joked that Weinstein had been fired “for violating the company’s very strict ’27 strikes and you’re out’ rule,” referencing the alleged decades of bad behavior from the mogul. 

Ultimately, Corden said, getting political, “The fact is his behavior left two options: Fire him from The Weinstein Company or elect him president of the United States.”

On NBC’s Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon made one joke about Harvey Weinstein. After recapping that Weinstein was fired and calling the sexual harassment allegations, “not good,” Fallon joked, “They said if he keeps it up, he’ll wind up with his own show on Fox News.”

Samantha Bee had some words of advice for men to avoid ending up in Harvey Weinstein’s current situation during her Wednesday night show. The Full Frontal host shared her “Penis PSA” for men in the workplace. 

“Fellas, I’m a big comedy star/Hollywood executive and I found that it’s quite easy not to masturbate in front of my employees. In fact, it’s one of the easiest things I don’t do,” said Bee. “Every day I wake up, get dressed, take the subway to work and then don’t masturbate in front of anyone.”

Bee added: “Next time you get the urge to masturbate just ask yourself, ‘Am I in front of an employee or a colleague?’ If the answer is yes, don’t. Just don’t.”

Ultimately, Bee pointed out that both political parties have had sexual harassers and said, “This is about men. Guess what? Men can be creeps. Hashtag ‘not all men.’ The extent of their creepiness seems to be a big surprise to everyone except women.”



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