While promoting his upcoming Netflix special Annihilation in a phone interview with HuffPost, comedian Patton Oswalt drew parallels between the accusations leveled against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and then-presidential candidate Donald Trump in 2016. Weinstein was fired from his position as co-founder of The Weinstein Company this past Sunday, after allegations of decades of sexual harassment and assault came to light.
You know, how weird must it be to be a woman and hear all the stuff about Harvey Weinstein this week. Then you flash back to last year and go, we literally heard this exact same s*** about our president and we elected him anyway.
How surreal and terrifying must that be if you’re a woman in this country. How must that feel?
President Trump was at the center of a controversy just prior to his election when an anonymous source leaked a video of Trump proudly admitting to sexual assault. Unaware he was being recorded, Trump told Access Hollywood host Billy Bush that "when you’re a star, they let you do it,” in reference to inappropriately groping women. When the video surfaced, Bush was fired from his job at NBC. Donald Trump went on to become President.
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Especially as a straight white male, I can be upset by Trump but I’m not being directly attacked and mocked by him. By the President! I’ll never know what that feels like.
It would be beyond insulting for me to go, ’Man, I totally get ― no ― I don’t, I actually don’t. I’m admitting, I cannot imagine that depth of despair and anger. I just can’t. It’s just beyond me, how people can function.
I’ve known Harvey Weinstein for a long time. I’m not at all surprised to see it.
The President told me that was "locker room talk" and then moved on the next question.— Elizabeth Landers (@ElizLanders) October 7, 2017