One of the things that pissed me off about Harvey’s long series of rationalizations was this one:
“I came of age in the ’60s and ’70s, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different. That was the culture then,” said Weinstein.
I’m 62, have been in business workplaces all my life, and I need to tell you clearly what a crock of shit this really is.
First off, Harvey did NOT come of age, in a business sense, in the 60’s. He was a teenager in the 60’s. The 60’s were not just about Vietnam, they were about racial and gender inequities in society; it was also the decade of Rev. Martin Luther King and Betty Friedan. If Harvey was “developing” in the 60’s at all, he did it in a bubble.
He’s 65, so a 1952 baby was in his 20’s in the 1970’s. By the time he was actually running his own company, it was the 80’s, and by then HR departments were *commonly* providing information throughout their companies on proper behavior in the workplace. The 80’s were NOT the years of “Mad Men”.
Harvey’s known what was proper and what was not since he’s been in business. He just chose to ignore it all.