“Yes, finally, the group that counts among its current members Roman Polanski, Bill Cosby and Mel Gibson has found the one guy who treated women badly and kicked him out.”
John Oliver says it’s not enough for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to expel Harvey Weinstein from its ranks.
The Academy’s 54-member board of governors — which includes such Hollywood luminaries as Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg and Kathleen Kennedy — held an emergency meeting Saturday at the organization’s Beverly Hills headquarters and voted to strip away Weinstein’s lifetime membership.
Following the meeting, the Academy issued a statement saying the board had voted “to immediately expel him from the Academy. We do so not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues but also to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over.”
But Oliver says the Academy hasn’t gone far enough to clean house.
“Yes, finally, the group that counts among its current members Roman Polanski, Bill Cosby and Mel Gibson has found the one guy who treated women badly and kicked him out,” the Last Week Tonight host said on Sunday night’s show. “So congratulations, Hollywood. See you at the next Oscars where — and this is true — Casey Affleck will be presenting best actress.”
Oliver started out the show by saying that, with Weinstein, “It’s not just his behavior that was troubling; it’s the way that people around him excused it.”
Oliver then brought up model-actress Angie Everhart’s allegation that Weinstein broke into her room while she was attending the Cannes Film Festival and masturbated in front of her. Everhart said that when she told others, “Everybody was like, ‘Oh, that’s just Harvey.'”
Replied Oliver: “What the fuck? So everyone knew, and they just went with it? ‘Oh, yeah, Harvey’s going to burst into your room and masturbate. That’s just Harvey. He’s like a sex-criminal version of the Kool-Aid Man.'”
He also called out Oliver Stone and Donna Karan for initially defending Weinstein. Both have since apologized.
Last week, Oliver became the first late-night host to address the allegations of sexual harassment aimed at Weinstein, five days after the publication of the initial New York Times report.