Women of ‘Late Night’ have some harsh words for Harvey Weinstein

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After the New York Times released a bombshell report last week alleging that Hollywood power player Harvey Weinstein covered up decades of sexual assault charges. Women in Hollywood have been coming out in droves to criticize Weinstein and anyone who helped cover up his behavior.

On Monday’s Late Night, Seth Meyers left it up to his female writers to react to the news.

Amber Ruffin, Jenny Hagel, and Allison Hord were “disturbed,” “shocked…it took this long to become a story,” and “shocked that people are shocked.”

They praised the women for coming forward, but also suggested that when allegations like this come out, there are “always more” and the details are usually worse than they appear in the papers.

Ruffin, Hagel, and Hord took issue with Weinstein’s “apology” in which he said he came up in the business world in the 60s and 70s, when things were different. Hord wondered if he “came to the present via time machine” and missed decades of progress.

In his apology, Weinstein also said he would take time away from Hollywood to focus on taking down the NRA, “as if our shared politics makes his sexual assault okay.” Ruffin remarked, “Hey, I saw a guy masturbate into a plant… but it was okay because he was wearing a Planned Parenthood button!”

“When he got busted, Weinstein said ‘To make up for it, I’m staring a scholarship for women directors.’ That’s just him being around more women!” Hagel said. “That’s not the solution; that’s the problem! That’s like Jared from Subway saying ‘I know I messed up, but don’t worry. I’m starting a t-ball league.’”

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Caleb is a writer, scholar of satire, and creator of The Lanx. He earned a B.A. in English from UC Berkeley, and M.A. in Literature from Queen Mary University of London, where he focused on satire, satirical propaganda, rhetoric of satire, political cartoons and caricature.

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