Can the music world learn from Hollywood? – Los Angeles Times

Last month, before stories of Harvey Weinstein’s long history of alleged sexual misconduct triggered an unprecedented outpouring in Hollywood, the disgraced movie mogul responded to accusations against him by invoking the words of Jay-Z.

“‘I’m not the man I thought I was and I better be that man for my children,’” Weinstein quoted the rapper as saying in his song “4:44,” in which Jay-Z alludes to cheating. Weinstein added, “The same is true for me.”

With its flippant tone and its defensive reference to the 1960s and ’70s — “when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different” — Weinstein’s written statement displayed a stunning misapprehension of alleged behavior that now has been described by more than 50 women. (The statement also got Jay-Z’s lyrics completely wrong, clumsily paraphrasing a few lines from “4:44.”)

But it’s not hard to understand why Weinstein looked to a musician in his bid for absolution. For decades, singers, rappers and guitar players have weathered accusations of misconduct — from infidelity to far, far worse — with little or sometimes no discernible damage to their careers.


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