The World Is In Love With Emma Thompson's Response To The Harvey Weinstein Allegations

The actress explains she thinks the accusations are just the tip of the iceberg

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Everyone has something to say about Harvey Weinstein's alleged assaults, though some have stood head and shoulders above the rest.

Terry Crews' revelation of his own assault demonstrated how victims are easily silenced in the industry, whilst Evan Rachel Wood's 14 minute video explained the difficulty in naming your assaulter.

Now, actress Emma Thompson has something to say, and the internet is quite rightly in love.

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Emma Thompson and Hayley Atwell

In a BBC Newsnight interview, Thompson is asked about Weinstein and her opinion of the allegations.

She claims that, when she was an actress in her twenties she was harassed frequently by older men in the industry, and that this is nothing to do with a sex addiction (Weinstein has admitted himself to gain sex addiction treatment) and he is instead a 'predator'.

We've heard through multiple allegations that Weinstein often told actresses like Léa Seydoux they needed to lose weight to be more successful, but, as Thompson points out, we shouldn't become too fixated on one person, since he is just 'the tip of the iceberg.'

She states that this is part of a larger societal issue, a 'crisis in masculinity', and that there are many people like him in Hollywood, whether they have assaulted one woman or many.

The actress suggests that this is a universal endemic that can only be solved by people opening their mouths and saying something, though she also notes her privilege in race and class aiding her in being able to speak out more easily.

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We already know Thompson isn't afraid to call out sexism and injustice when she sees it. When producers allegedly told her co-star Hayley Atwell to lose weight on the set of Brideshead Revisited, she responded, 'If you speak to her about this again, on any level, I will leave this picture. You are never to do that.'

The internet is abuzz with praise for the actress, with people saying that she has nailed the issue on the head:

We couldn't agree more.

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