In the aftermath of the sexual harassment exposés that rocked Hollywood in 2017, there has been plenty of speculation over just how open the "open secret" of predatory showbiz insiders actually was. (Apparently, it was pretty open.) There are multiple examples of how entertainment warned audiences about Hollywood's sexual assault problem. Most of it was done in a seemingly light and off-the-cuff manner but, in retrospect, no one could say we weren't warned.
While the call-outs may have been subtle, we are now able to see them for what they really were. These movies and TV shows that shredded serial abusers did so in wry and not-immediately-obvious ways. In environments like Hollywood, that are largely male-dominated, sometimes it is only our humor that can warn and, ultimately, save us. Never underestimate the power of humor, and don't disregard all the times celebrities warned about sexual harassers. It could be argued that, without blasts like the ones discussed below, the current scandals may have never been revealed – and Hollywood's oppressive and dangerous culture would have only continued.
Family Guy Blasted Kevin SpaceyVideo: YouTube
Family Guy hasn't been the only show to put Kevin Spacey on blast, but it has hit him fairly hard in the past. The episode in question has Stewie running naked through a mall screaming, "Help! I've escaped from Kevin Spacey’s basement!"
Given what we now know about Spacey and his reported sexual advances toward a 14-year-old Anthony Rapp, the joke is more than a little unsettling.
Seth MacFarlane Made A Harvey Weinstein Joke At The Oscar Nominations CeremonyVideo: YouTube
Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane and actress Emma Stone announced the Oscar nominations together at a ceremony in 2013. After the nominees for Best Supporting Actress were read, MacFarlane quipped, "Congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein."
At the time, it may have seemed like a quick ad lib, but MacFarlane was not in a joking mood. He recently said he made the comment because, shortly before the nominations ceremony, an actress friend of his had told him a story of Weinstein harassing her. MacFarlane's joke was his way of exacting a little vengeance.
Entourage Had A Harvey Weinstein-Like CharacterPhoto: HBO
Entourage portrayed Weinstein in an unflattering light, too. However, the show's writers chose to represent him not as a sexual predator, but as a megalomaniac. He verbally decimated anyone he so chose, and he was nothing short of a monster.
You might be thinking, Sure, but that could be about any Hollywood mogul, right? Eh, not really. The Entourage character's name was Harvey Weingard. Also, the real Weinstein was furious about the portrayal.
30 Rock Made Jokes About Harvey Weinstein
The classic Tina Fey sitcom wasn't afraid to get over-the-top silly about very real problems. On more than one occasion, they made Harvey Weinstein – and his reputation as a harasser – the butt of their jokes.
In one episode, Jenna says, "I'm not of afraid of anyone in show business. I turned down intercourse with Harvey Weinstein on no less than three occasions... out of five." In another Weinstein reference, Jenna says: "In some ways, I'm still pinned under a passed-out Harvey Weinstein, and it's Thanksgiving." Funny at the time, sure. But now? A bit disturbing.