The public displays of resignations that have taken place over the last 24 hours suggest that many of the women who have alleged sexual harassment have either withdrawn their allegations, are deciding not to pursue them further, or are deciding that they are tired of hearing about it. Almost in lockstep, many of the high-profile men in Hollywood, politics, media, and other industries resigned on Friday, sometimes live on television, and with what seemed like almost reckless abandon. Some of them may be making the right call: maybe the public pressure is bringing these men to their senses, pushing them out of their offices and jobs, and to the door.
But others seem to be saying (and behaving) that, for all their serious punishment, they won’t be giving up the fight. Here are a few examples.
“I appreciate the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it. Though I’m trying to do better, I know I have a long way to go.” — Statement issued by Harvey Weinstein on Friday.
“I know Harvey Weinstein and many of the other victims. It is disgusting. In the name of public service, I request that the House of Representatives take swift action to investigate sexual harassment and all forms of discrimination against women.” — After House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi announced she would no longer attend Weinstein’s charity event in Washington, D.C., on Sunday.
“The actions of several powerful men who are known to harass or abuse women have made me feel disgusted and appalled.” —On Saturday, after seeing a CNN report saying that Weinstein had been under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department for sexual assault for two years and failed to report the allegations to police.
Lars von Trier
“This is my message to those young actresses. There was a time when I did some very foolish things. I am very sorry for those things, for anything I have done. I don’t know what’s happening any more. I don’t know if it’s true or not. I have to figure that out myself, but I am pretty sure it’s not true.” — On Friday, after The Hollywood Reporter posted an article accusing von Trier of making a joke about raping a Danish actress during a conversation with her.
Sen. Al Franken
“I’m ashamed of my behavior, and it’s causing me pain.” — After groping and forcibly kissing Leeann Tweeden on a USO tour in 2006.