Will Harvey Weinstein Be Expelled from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences?
Harvey Weinstein has been expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences after being accused of sexual harassment and assault by over 40 women. So will Weinstein be expelled from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences as well?
While the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences votes on the Oscars, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences votes on the Emmys. Although Harvey Weinstein was primarily known for his movies, he worked in television as well, producing shows like Project Runway, Project Greenlight, and Scream. In fact, he has been nominated at the Emmys many times for his work on Project Runway.
According to Deadline, the Television Academy will meet this Thursday, Oct. 19 to discuss how to handle Weinstein. A spokesperson told the publication, “Our view has been this alleged behavior is abhorrent and appalling. We expect this to be discussed at our Board Of Governors meeting this Thursday evening.”
It is seems likely that Weinstein will be expelled from the Television Academy. Before the Film Academy expelled Weinstein, they too released a statement admonishing him and saying that they would be considering what actions to take at an upcoming meeting. The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is an organization that has only expelled one other person in its history, so it would be a bad look for the television equivalent to choose to keep him as a member.
It’s worth noting that the Television Academy did not expel Bill Cosby after he was accused of rape by over 60 women. But the argument behind expelling Weinstein is that he used his power as producer, and his membership in the film and television academies, in order to commit his alleged crimes, and therefore he must be sharply condemned by those organizations. In addition, while Bill Cosby had not had a presence at the Emmys for over a decade when many of his accusations began to come out, Harvey Weinstein was just nominated for an Emmy last month, and so some have argued that this means there is more of a need to kick him out.
The board of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said in a statement upon expelling Harvey Weinstein that it did 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.”
Harvey Weinstein definitely had more of a presence at the Oscars than he did at the Emmys, though. While Weinstein has never won an Emmy, he has worked on and distributed films that have won over 80 Oscars, including Shakespeare in Love, The English Patient, Chicago, The King’s Speech, and The Artist.
In addition to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Harvey Weinstein was also suspended from the The British Academy of Film and Television Arts. The Producers Guild Board will be meeting Monday to discuss the possibility of expelling Weinstein.