#SheKnew is the most 2017 thing happening right now
Harvey Weinstein allegedly sexually assaulted, harassed, and abused more than 80 women throughout his career. And yet, light those fire torches, because the internet is going after Meryl Streep instead.
The actress, who’s worked with Weinstein multiple times throughout her career, has repeatedly denied knowing about the producer’s misconduct. That didn’t stop an alt-right artist named Sabo from plastering images of Streep and Weinstein around Los Angeles earlier this week, with a red bar over Streep’s eyes that read: “She Knew.”
Street artist takes aim at Meryl Streep with 'She Knew' tag around town. pic.twitter.com/UniDauXRlP
— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) December 19, 2017
Many Twitter users quickly jumped on Streep as a target, and attacked the actress for (what they believed to be) complicit silence. It should be noted that the majority of the #SheKnew Twitter campaigners seem to have a vendetta with Streep over that time she called out Donald Trump on national television. Does this all seem a wee bit unrelated to Harvey Weinstein, and a whole lot related to tearing down a woman with differing political opinions?
Hmmmm. Seems like we’ve really strayed away from the crucial plot line in this whole case (you know, a man allegedly causing pain, terror, and suffering to countless women) and are instead raising pitchforks against an actress who may or may not have known that this guy was a predatory monster.
“She’s swiping at us so we’re swiping back,” Sabo told The Guardian.
Where was all of this anger when several of Weinstein’s male collaborators stepped forward and literally said that they knew what was going on?
The problem with this shit is this: I dont know if Meryl knew or not, but why is she, a woman, the first target? Why not Matt Damon, a man who said he "heard things"? Why are women the first people everyone attacks for men's crimes? https://t.co/kJz4hORnZo
— dilara (@marioncotilards) December 19, 2017
For instance, director Quentin Tarantino, who told The New York Times: “There was more to it than just the normal rumors, the normal gossip. It wasn’t secondhand. I knew he did a couple of these things. I wish I had taken responsibility for what I heard.”
So, where was the #HeKnew campaign then? The pitchforks and the anger?
Thankfully, Streep also has plenty of defenders lending their support and suggesting where their anger might be better placed.
I feel like Meryl Streep isn't the right person to blame here https://t.co/F34fg3TBPl
— Dana Schwartz (@DanaSchwartzzz) December 19, 2017
It is enraging that when faced with all the evidence of what HW has done some people are still like mmmmmhow can we blame a woman for this— Valerie Loftus (@valerieloftus) December 20, 2017
…..you could’ve started with Matt Damon. Or literally anyone else. https://t.co/7IemXEEN4W
— ☃️happy sparksidays☃️ (@kyliesparks) December 20, 2017
#SheKnew is just distracting from the real problem at hand and turning the conversation around so that, suddenly, magically, it’s all a woman’s fault.