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Calls Grow for Cosby, Polanski To Be Booted From Academy In Wake Of Weinstein’s Ouster

The Harvey Weinstein scandal has flipped Tinseltown on its head, and there’s a sense of nervousness in the air as the entertainment industry waits to see if any more shoes will drop. The allegations that have been leveled against Weinstein are nothing short of repulsive, and the disgraced mogul could be looking at some serious legal consequences. The Academy of Motion Pictures wasted little time in responding to the outrage, as Weinstein has been kicked out without waiting for any additional facts to come to light. As the Huffington Post shares, that has led to an outcry over the fact that other unseemly characters are still members in good standing.

Bill Cosby’s legacy has been forever tainted due to the overwhelming number of unseemly allegations that are swirling about in regards to him, but he still has his membership card. The same can be said for film producer Roman Polanski, who fled the country as opposed to facing charges in regards to the sexual assault of an underage victim. Two of Cosby’s accusers, Lousia Mortiz and Carla Ferrigno, have penned a letter to Academy executives John Bailey and Teni Melidonian to get to the bottom of why that’s the case.

“It is our understanding that (the accused and now prosecuted) rapist Bill Cosby, and convicted pedophile rapist Roman Polanski are still members of the Academy in ‘good standing,’” the letter reads in part. “We are baffled by this dilemma.”

It’s an incredibly fair question. If you’re going to apply one standard to the allegations surrounding Weinstein, why would you not also do the same with others accused of abhorrent things?

“By removing Weinstein but allowing Cosby and Polanski to stay in the Academy, the board has committed “negligent hypocrisy” that has allowed these members to prey on “the young men and women in our industry,” said the letter, which was first reported by The Blast,” HuffPo adds.

The Academy of Motion Pictures has yet to respond to the letter from Mortiz and Ferrigno, and it’s unclear if the two women will continue to press the issue.

“These two men are the pioneers of this heinous behavior for our generation,” the letter continues. “Please expel them.”

The Academy has opened up a gigantic can of worms by expelling Weinstein. That’s not to suggest that they erred in their decision - it’s quite the contrary - but it does place them on slippery footing. It’s pretty hard to justify how one set of allegations is repulsive enough to lead to the expulsion of a member while others are not. Anything less than the removal of Cosby and Polanski from the member rolls as well will result in a massive black eye for an entertainment industry that can’t afford any additional ones.

It’s an easy fix, but we’ll have to wait and see if the Academy steps up to the plate to do the right thing. Of course, that doesn’t make the footing for the Academy any less slippery, as it remains unclear how much larger the Weinstein scandal is going to get.

Source: The Huffington Post
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