Fresh off his courageous battle to fight the NRA by raping women, Harvey Weinstein, a good Clinton pal, wants his fellow lefties to remember how much money he invested in identity politics.
“I feel like the forgotten man,’’ the 67-year-old alleged rapist griped last week.
“I made more movies directed by women and about women than any filmmaker, and I’m talking about 30 years ago. I’m not talking about now when it’s vogue. I did it first! I pioneered it!” he bragged.
If you pay women lots of money, you should be allowed to rape them. Because you’re a feminist. That’s how it works.
One of the women who has alleged harassment but is not part of the settlement is Paltrow, who won an Oscar for Miramax’s 1999 “Shakespeare in Love.’’ She has said Weinstein lured her to his hotel room under the guise of a business meeting and tried to massage her in 1994, when she was 22.
“Gwyneth Paltrow in 2003 got $10 million to make a movie called ‘View from the Top,’ ” Weinstein said, referring to the romantic comedy and his decision to pay the star the hefty sum while he was at the helm of Miramax.
“She was the highest-paid female actor in an independent film. Higher-paid than all the men,” he crowed.
He recalled that Madonna in the early ’90s sent him to see the documentary “Paris Is Burning,” which has become a cult classic, about the city’s drag ball culture.
“I understood the celebratory nature of the film and bought the distribution rights,” he said. “The same thing is true for ‘Transamerica’ [for] which Felicity Huffman got an Academy Award.”
He also rattled off countless other films with social justice agendas that Miramax and The Weinstein Company produced or distributed.
“This was a company that took social issues and tackled them,” he said.
And tackled women too.
Harvey still thinks he can virtue signal his way out of this. Meanwhile how is his fight against the NRA going?