Academy and Twitter scramble as Weinstein fallout continues

The film organization recently expelled the former studio executive from its ranks, and the social media platform said it was ‘not doing enough’ to address abuse after many users boycotted.

On Saturday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences dropped Weinstein from its membership.

The Academy has issued a statement that distanced itself from the beleaguered studio executive and took a strong stance against sexual harassment:

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors met today to discuss the allegations against Harvey Weinstein, and has voted well in excess of the required two-thirds majority to immediately expel him from the Academy.

We do so not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues but also to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over.

What’s at issue here is a deeply troubling problem that has no place in our society. The Board continues to work to establish ethical standards of conduct that all Academy members will be expected to exemplify.

Although many applauded the Academy’s decision to oust Weinstein, the move recalls similar instances that it opted not to address.

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