As more details of the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault allegations come to light, people are asking how this could have gone on so long without anyone saying anything. What they may not know, or may have forgotten, is that people did speak up. One of those people was singer and actress Courtney Love. Who would have thought.
She spoke up all the way back in 2005, on live TV in fact.
It happened as she was walking the red carpet at Comedy Central's roast of Pamela Anderson. Interviewer Natasha Leggero asked Courtney if she had any advice for young girls moving to Hollywood. Courtney, who had been smiling up to that point, turned away from Natasha and responded:
"Um... I'll get libeled if I say it."
After a moment she turned back to the camera and blurted out:
"If Harvey Weinstein invites you to a private party at the Four Seasons, don't go."
At the time, many people dismissed her comment as humor. She was, after all, speaking at a Comedy Central roast, where being edgy and controversial are par for the course. To some people, her reputation, her struggles with addiction and her obvious intoxication during the roast made her less than credible.
Even the interviewer herself had completely forgotten about the exchange.
Twitter had thoughts...
It's all for not. She was such a basket case beforehand that she had no credibility. the 1 time she's sober and makes sense no was listening— Tronald (@BinksterD) October 14, 2017
I was as guilty as anyone disregarding what she said cause of drugs, yet shit like what Harvey did is why drug and alcohol addiction begin.— Rebecca DiVerniero (@Deevs1369) October 16, 2017
I remember, but unfortunately she had such a big drug problem + a propensity for trash talking people, that I didn't believe. sorry Court— scrєamqυєєη 😱💀 (@mayqueeeen) October 15, 2017
If only Courtney's words hadn't fallen on deaf ears...
I can only imagine how many dismissed her as crazy and suffered for it.— CommentaTRICKS (@ms_radorable) October 14, 2017
Well, not entirely deaf, perhaps.
According to Courtney, she was banned from CAA and essentially forbidden from working in Hollywood as a result of her comment.
And she was banned from Creative Artists Agency as a result, example to others who thought of speaking up.— DPeck (@multigun1) October 16, 2017
Other celebrities are showing Courtney some love.
Like actress Asia Argento:
And producer Judd Apatow:
Whatever way people saw her back in 2005, this is how people are viewing her now:
Gutsy….12 years ahead of her time….no air cover, no boots on ground to back her up. Warrior. Rad street cred.— Scott Slinker (@scott_slinker) October 15, 2017
People are so quick to discredit anything she says, but Courtney Love is as real as it gets.— Cat (@QueerDucky69) October 14, 2017