Harvey Weinstein Gets 23 Years’ Jail, But His Comments Are Infuriating

He's spoken out for the first time since the trial began.

Harvey Weinstein, convicted rapist, has been sentenced to 23 years in jail. It’s an incredibly significant decision, and with his own lawyers saying yesterday that a sentence of more than five years would result in Weinstein dying behind bars, his fate is all but sealed. The man whose actions kicked off the #MeToo movement has finally seen justice, but he still doesn’t think that he did anything wrong.

To catch up on how we got here, listen to the GOAT Team discuss the guilty verdict…

During the trial, Weinstein didn’t seem all that worried, really. He would laugh and smile for journalists as he made his way in and out of the courthouse, shuffling along on a walker.

Despite this seemingly confident exterior, he hadn’t said anything publicly during the trial. Finally though, in the courthouse before being handed his sentence, we got his thoughts on his downfall.

“We may have different truths, but I have remorse for all of you and for all the men going through this crisis,” he said.

“The movement basically started with me… now there are thousands of men who are being accused.”

He admitted that he had “said bad things to people” but made sure to point out that there were “thousands of people who would say great things about me.” This is despite the fact that during sentencing, there was barely anybody sitting behind Harvey Weinstein in support.

He ended by saying that he was “worried about this country.”

“I think men are confused about all of this… this feeling of thousands of men and women who are losing due process.”

The bottom line is that this man does not believe that he has done anything wrong. He genuinely sees himself as a victim here, and thinks that the men who have been accused of sexual assault are the ones we really should be worried about. 

Statistically, in the USA only 2%-6% of sexual assault allegations are considered false, while up to 80% of assaults go unreported. If Harvey Weinstein really is worried about the state of the country, then he’s worried about the wrong people. 

He’ll have a lot of time in prison to think it over, though. The rest of his life, in fact.

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We Compared The Ages Of Politicians And Celebrities, You’re Welcome

Scott Morrison and Hugh Jackman are the same age.

Today I learned that Scott Morrison is a year older than Gwen Stefani, and quite frankly I am not ok. In fairness, I’d never put any thought into Scott Morrison and Gwen Stefani existing in the same universe, but here we are. I’ve gone down the rabbit hole so that you don’t have to, so here are a bunch of celebrities that are the same age as politicians.

Scott Morrison, Prime Minister, Born 1968 (51 years old)
Hugh Jackman, Born 1968 (51 years old)

Anthony Albanese, Leader of the Labor Party, Born 1963 (57 years old)
Brad Pitt, Born 1963 (56 years old)

Peter Dutton, Liberal Party, Born 1970 (49 years old)
Mariah Carey, Born 1970 (49 years old)

Pauline Hanson, Leader of One Nation, Born 1954 (65 years old)
Oprah Winfrey, Born 1954 (66 years old)

Clive Palmer, Leader of the United Australia Party, Born 1954 (65 years old)
Catherine O’Hara, Born 1954 (66 years old)

Bill Shorten, Ex-Leader of the Labor Party, Born 1967 (52 years old)
Jimmy Kimmel, Born 1967 (52 years old)

Tony Abbott, Ex-Prime Minister, Born 1957 (62 years old)
Steve Buscemi, Born 1957 (62 years old)

Julia Gillard, Ex-Prime Minister, Born 1961 (58 years old)
Billy Ray Cyrus, Born 1961 (58 years old)

Barnaby Joyce, Ex-Leader of the Nationals Party, Born 1967 (52 years old)
Nicole Kidman, Born 1967 (52 years old)

Sarah Hanson Young, Greens Party, Born 1981 (38 years old)
Beyoncé, Born 1981 (38 years old)

Penny Wong, Labor Party, Born 1968 (51 years old)
Owen Wilson, Born 1968 (51 years old)

So there you have it. I have no idea what to do with any of this information, but now that I have it I’m going to yell it from the rooftops. You’re welcome, I think.

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Stock Market Dives And A Looming Recession - What It All Means For You

Today was Wall Street's single worst day since 2008.

Headlines about a looming recession have been hanging around for a little while now, but after stock markets took a massive dive in response to coronavirus lockdowns, there’s a good chance that we’re starting a recession right in the face. So what the hell is going on?

What Is A Recession?

In economics, you want people to be buying things. If people are making things and others are buying them, the country is making money, and that’s great. If people aren’t buying things – for example because they’ve hoarded all the toilet paper they’ll ever need, or because their country has been put in lockdown, or because they’re too scared to go out to the shops – then the country faces an economic decline.

If you have two consecutive quarters where the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) doesn’t go up, you’re officially in a recession. Seeing as Wall Street has seen its worst day in a decade this morning, it’s not looking great for the global economy.

So What Happens To Me?

A few things come along with a recession outside of stock market dives, and probably the biggest thing is a rise in unemployment. Jobs start to disappear, and sadly casual workers are generally the first to be laid off. 

One area that we really don’t know a lot about yet is how the gig economy will fare in a recession. On the one hand, if people are losing their jobs then there will probably be a massive rise in people doing jobs like driving for Uber. On the other hand, if people are losing their jobs, they aren’t going to be ordering Uber Eats every Friday.

Even if you do have a stable job, you might have your hours cut, and it’ll be way harder to get a pay rise.

If you’ve just graduated uni, it’ll likely be a lot harder to land a job after school. Again, if jobs are disappearing, there aren’t going to be many going around for graduates.

Are We All Going To Be Living In The Great Depression 2.0?

Thankfully no. A Depression is a severe, extended recession that lasts for a few years. We aren’t heading towards one of those, more likely a “short, sharp” global recession. The recession in 2008 lasted for 18 months and was considered a “once in a 50 or 100 year event” so it probably won’t be as bad as that.

It might really suck while it happens, but thankfully it won’t last forever.

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