By now you have almost certainly heard of the sexual bullying that Louis C.K., a comedian, carried out and has admitted to, over many years. His actions are rightly being condemned and his career, at least in the short term, is over. The revelations followed those of Harvey Weinstein, a movie producer and Hollywood power broker and executive who used his power and influence in grotesque demonstrations of emotional and psychological violence by means of sexual domination of younger and less powerful women, whom he could help or potentially damage in their profession.
Weinstein’s behavior over decades being brought to the light of public awareness, has led to the Weinstein effect. When a man as wealthy and powerful as he is, or was, has been called out by numerous people who suffered at his imperious heel, the floodgates have opened – not a moment too soon.
This is a major turning point for our culture and its evolution. Sarah Silverman gets this and I really appreciated what she has to say on this. She knows Louis C.K. as a friend and colleague, so she is even more disturbed by his behavior, but she sees the bigger picture and in this brief video, she nails it for me.
I love this. Humane. Human. Wise. Brave.
As I commented elsewhere on the web:
What an intelligent response from Silverman. This is like messy surgery to remove the tumor of bullying and entitlement. A nuanced approach is what’s called for and Silverman is apparently advocating that. C.K.’s behavior was disgusting and wrong, but he’s a complicated human being as are we all. He was operating in a culture that often allows money and power, often in the hands of men, to permit and silently sanction such behavior. Louis C.K. needs help and he could do a lot to improve our culture by speaking out to his problems and the culture that permitted him to indulge in them.
Weinstein was on another level entirely. He was the king of toxic in the toxic culture of money, fame and power that is the entertainment industry. He deserves to be eviscerated professionally and financially. We have to learn and move on to bring more transparency and respect to our culture and this is an important step in the process – to reveal how some people act against people who are scared and manipulated to remain silent.
Evolution is messy – Sarah Silverman gets that.
Almost nothing is messier than sex and gender – two of the great drivers of our personal and our social evolution. This messiness points to that dark forest – the one that each one of us, and our culture, must see in order to evolve and heal. I keep hammering on Jung, because his ideas are so central to my own. He understands and explains this better than anyone. He absolutely stressed the necessity for each one us to make the unconscious, conscious. If we do not, we will just stumble onward in ignorance and pain, and curse our fate. Bringing light to the darkness is just as important to societies and cultures. We are in the early stages of this with the Weinstein effect. It is not easy or painless, but it is not optional. The only choice we have is how long and how hard we might try to resist or ignore this evolutionary imperative.
I’m going to be writing lots about gender and sex, since they will continue to dominate so much of our lives and our evolution.
In the meantime – Sarah – thank you – great stuff.