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Filmmaker Kevin Smith Donating His Profits To Women Is The Ultimate Slap To Harvey Weinstein

Never forget this big middle finger.

It’s been a few years since the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse scandal exploded, but the dust is far from settled. The allegations not only sparked the #MeToo movement resulting in the cancellation and dismissal of accused men all over the world, but also empowered allies to make big moves against Weinstein and his company.

Harvey Weinstein. Credit: Kena Betancur/Getty Images

One of those people was filmmaker and actor Kevin Smith. In 2017, after the scandal went public, Smith announced that he would be donating all the profits from his Weinstein-produced films to Women in Film, an organisation that advocates for and advances the careers of women working in the screen industries.

Smith made the announcement on his Hollywood Babble-On podcast, saying, “My entire career is tied up with the man. It’s been a weird f*cking week. I just wanted to make some f*cking movies, that’s it.”

“I know it’s not my fault, but I didn’t f*cking help. I sat out there talking about this man like he was a hero, like he was my friend, like he was my father and sh*t like that,” he continued.

Weinstein was behind Smith’s films Clerks II, Zack and Miri Make A Porno, and Dogma. Smith isn’t the only male celebrity who spoke out against Weinstein when the news broke, either.

Ryan Gosling tweeted a statement which read, “I’m deeply disappointed in myself for being so oblivious to these devastating experiences of sexual harassment and abuse. He is emblematic of a systemic problem. Men should stand with women and work together until there is real accountability and change.”

Seth McFarland also shared his support on Twitter, writing, “There is nothing more abhorrent and indefensible than abuse of power such as this.” Leonardo DiCaprio shared the same sentiment, posting to Facebook, “There is no excuse for sexual harassment or sexual assault – no matter who you are and no matter what profession…I applaud the strength and courage of the women who came forward and made their voices heard.”

Yes, it’s been two years since the scandal, but it’s important that both men and women continue to support victims and make it clear that this behaviour is not, and never will be, acceptable.

If you, or anyone you know is a victim of sexual abuse or sexual assault, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or 1800 RESPECT for support.

Why Are Spoilers Genuinely Ruining People's Lives In 2019?

Spoiler alert.

Have you ever invested hours upon hours of your weekly television viewing on a show, only to have the ending ruined by some rude social media post or big-mouthed colleague at work? It’s a common feeling, only made worse by the fact that TV has become such a huge part of our lives. 

Oh, Homer. Credit: Giphy

Just this week, I had the finale of Love Island UK (don’t judge) revealed to me via Twitter a WHOLE day before I was able to watch the show. Sadly, we’re one day behind here in Australia, so while the entirety of Great Britain were sharing their thoughts on the winning couple, I was sitting here with steam coming out of my ears.

It was rather annoying. Credit: Giphy

It got me thinking: why are spoilers such a big deal these days?

In an interview with The Atlantic, psychology professor Thalia Goldstein explained that on some level our brains don’t distinguish fact from fiction. “This blurring actually happens at the neurological level: the conscious, thinking parts of our brain tell us that a story isn’t real, but the more primitive parts tell us it is.”

According to The Atlantic, this offers an explanation as to why spoilers are so life-ruining. “They remind us that a story is just a story. It’s hard to get transported when you already know where you’ll end up – in real life you don’t have that knowledge.”

Another study found that perhaps we don’t actually hate spoilers as much as we think we do. Researchers at the University of California found that not only did having a storyline spoiled not ruin the experience, it actually made it better. 

Spoiled and stress-free. Credit: Giphy

“We found that whether we gave someone a spoiler or not didn’t really affect their suspense, their enjoyment, [or] how much they were pulled into the storyline,” the study stated.

Ok, I’m calling bull on that. Even though I’ve never watched an episode of Game of Thrones in my life, witnessing the furious reactions to spoilers on social media over the past few seasons was enough to make me even a little mad. 

Spoiler alert. Credit: Giphy

Maybe spoilers feel worse now because we’re in what is commonly referred to as the ‘Golden Age’ of television. With so many streaming services at our fingertips, and access to such a wide variety of films and television shows, it’s far easier to become emotionally-invested.

Sadly, there’s no way to completely avoid spoilers, unless you throw your phone away or take a hiatus from the Internet. At least we can all vent our frustrations together and hope for the love of God that the ending to our next favourite show isn’t spoiled. Fingers crossed.

Bruce Lee's Daughter Isn't Happy With The Way Her Dad Was Portrayed In Tarantino's New Film

"It was really uncomfortable."

On the first day of its release, Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood raked in a whopping $16.9M and went on to debut to $40.3M, making it the director’s best opening weekend to date. Clearly, it’s a box office success, but not everyone is loving it.

In an interview with The Wrap, Bruce Lee’s daughter Shannon Lee said it was “disheartening” to see her father depicted as “an arrogant a**hole who was full of hot air” in Tarantino’s film. 

Spoiler alert: in the film, Brad Pitt’s character Cliff Booth and Bruce Lee (played by Mike Moh) agree to a three-round fight on the set of The Green Hornet. 

“I can understand all the reasoning behind what is portrayed in the movie,” Lee’s daughter told The Wrap. “I understand that the two characters are antiheroes and this is sort of like a rage fantasy of what would happen…and they’re portraying a period of time that clearly had a lot of racism and exclusion.”

“I understand they want to make the Brad Pitt character this super bada** who could beat up Bruce Lee. But they didn’t need to treat him in the way that white Hollywood did when he was alive.”

Lee said that she felt like her dad came across as “arrogant,” and “not someone who had to fight triple as hard as any of those people did to accomplish what was naturally given to so many others.”

Shannon Lee. Credit: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

“It was really uncomfortable to sit in the theatre and listen to people who laughed at my father,” she said. “What I’m interested in is raising the consciousness of who Bruce Lee was as a human being and how he lived his life,” she added. “All of that was flushed down the toilet in this portrayal, and made my father into this arrogant punching bag.” 

Matthew Polly, the author of Bruce Lee: A Life, also took issue with Tarantino’s depiction of the late, great actor and martial artist. “Given how sympathetic Tarantino’s portrayal of Steve McQueen, Jay Sebring, and Sharon Tate is, I’m surprised he didn’t afford the same courtesy to Lee, the only non-white character in the film,” he told The Wrap. 

Matthew Polly’s book
Credit: Amazon

No word from Tarantino on the criticism, but it sounds like Lee’s Twitter fans agree that he could have been portrayed in a more realistic light.

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