#SheKnew Is Trending Because We Can't Stop Blaming Women For The Crimes Of Men

by Thea Glassman
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#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.”

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?

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.

#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.

Of course.