As Harvey Weinstein turned himself in to cops Friday in front of the cameras, he made a point of carrying a biography of Elia Kazan — another legendary filmmaker and accused attacker of women who had the added distinction of being banished by Hollywood for naming names before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1952.
Soon, speculation was rampant online as to just what manner of dog whistle Weinstein was blowing by clutching his copy of “Elia Kazan: A Biography,” by Richard Schickel.
“To claim persecution?” wondered one Twitter user.
“To claim victimhood?” tweeted another.
Or just maybe Weinstein is signaling that he, himself, has names to name.
“Is this vile thing carrying this book a way to tell others in Hollywood that he’s not going down alone? Hmmmm…..I wonder,” another commenter said.
“It would be interesting to see who will Weinstein bring down with him,” remarked another social media user. “I’m sure he’s not the ONLY biggest Hollywood’s a–holes [to] ever live.”
As he walked into lower Manhattan’s First Precinct, Weinstein was also carrying a small, black-bound journal and a copy of “Something Wonderful,” a bio of Rodgers and Hammerstein. But it was the Kazan book that caught people’s imaginations.
Weinstein will no doubt see parallels with his own situations, as Kazan was scorned by much of liberal Hollywood as a result of his testimony,” wrote The Guardian.
“Someone has a victim complex….” a Twitter user quipped.
“He thinks he is a martyr, I see,” said another. “A nice prison sentence will suit him well.”