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Donald Trump Jr. Is Concern-Trolling Hollywood Over Harvey Weinstein

Following the outing of Harvey Weinstein’s decades of sexual harassment and assault, Donald Trump Jr. wants us all to know that he cares more than anyone, the absolute most, and he’s gonna rub his caring in all those smug Hollywood elitist liberal faces.

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He’s been digging up old tweets to show that when it comes to caring, he won. And everyone else lost.

https://twitter.com/mmflint/status/569677514559221760

And since he won, that means anyone who’s ever associated with Harvey Weinstein has now lost. And apparently his prize is that they all have to stop criticizing Donald Trump?

Seriously what is the reasoning here? Talk show hosts are mean to Donald Trump –> Hollywood man is revealed to be a monster –> Hollywood lost the moral high ground and therefore has to stop talking about Trump? Is that it?

Also, Democrats now have to give back every cent they got from Weinstein. I’m sure that has nothing to do with damaging the opposition, it’s about ethics.

There are some valid points mixed up in all of this concern-trolling that absolutely should be talked about. We need to call out those who remain quiet for fear of alienating powerful abusers. We need to talk about what allows the Harvey Weinsteins of the world to flourish–both those complicit in keeping an “open secret” as well as recognizing the tactics serial abusers use to keep their behavior hidden (from, say the Meryl Streeps and Hillary Clintons). Most powerful abusers are very good at remaining publicly respectable, which leads to a disbelief of accusers.

Donald Trump Jr. doesn’t give a shit about any of this. He doesn’t give a shit about women. If he did, he might be tweeting about systemic abuses of power and about Weinstein himself, not just about how people and industries he doesn’t like factor into his career.

If he cared about women, he might think about what it actually means to be asking Saturday Night Live to do sketches about sexual assault.

If he cared about women, maybe he wouldn’t have supported the discrediting and shaming of the victims of … other accused abusers.

But Donald Trump Jr. doesn’t care about women. He only cares about himself.

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Vivian Kane
Vivian Kane (she/her) is the Senior News Editor at The Mary Sue, where she's been writing about politics and entertainment (and all the ways in which the two overlap) since the dark days of late 2016. Born in San Francisco and radicalized in Los Angeles, she now lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where she gets to put her MFA to use covering the local theatre scene. She is the co-owner of The Pitch, Kansas City’s alt news and culture magazine, alongside her husband, Brock Wilbur, with whom she also shares many cats.

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