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Ok guys, I know that it’s important to talk about Weinstein and what it means but he isn’t the first and he surely won’t be the last because when you have a industry full of men in positions of power, you have abuse. 

I was just reading about actress Tippi Hedre. She recently talked about the Weinstein case and sexual harassment and that’s because she was once a victim too, when she worked with Alfred Hitchcock on the movie “The Birds”. She was constantly abused, verbally abused, called names and she was even forced to record a scene she wasn’t even aware that she was filming. Hitchcock’s reasons? “Because I told you to go.”

“She was then assured that the crew would use mechanical birds. Instead, Hedren endured five solid days of prop men, protected by thick leather gloves, flinging dozens of live gulls, ravens and crows at her (their beaks clamped shut with elastic bands). In a state of exhaustion, when one of the birds gouged her cheek and narrowly missed her eye, Hedren sat down on the set and began crying. A physician ordered a week’s rest. Hitchcock protested, according to Hedren, saying there was nobody but her to film. The doctor’s reply was, “Are you trying to kill her?” She said the week also appeared to be an ordeal for the director.” (From Wikipedia)

She even compared Weinstein to Alfred Hitchcock. She said:

“I’m watching all the coverage on Weinstein,” the 87-year-old said. “This is nothing new, nor is it limited to the entertainment industry.

“I dealt with sexual harassment all the time, during my modeling and film career. Hitchcock wasn’t the first.”  

She continued: “However, I wasn’t going to take it anymore, so I simply walked away and didn’t look back. Hitch said he would ruin my career and I told him to do what he had to do.

“It has taken 50 years, but it is about time that women started standing up for themselves as the appear to be doing in the Weinstein case. Good for them!”

She sure wasn’t the only one. If you guys don’t know about it, Maria Schneider once left the film “The Last Tango In Paris” with PTSD when director Bernardo Bertolucci and Marlon Brando filmed a rape scene without warning her.

“Schneider described the director Bertolucci by the following: “He was fat and sweaty and very manipulative, both of Marlon and myself, and would do certain things to get a reaction from me.” As for her working relationship with Brando, she said that he had a paternal relationship with her on the set. But Brando suggested the acted sodomy scene, and Bertolucci did not reveal this scene to her until just before the filming of it. In 2007 she said:

I should have called my agent or had my lawyer come to the set because you can’t force someone to do something that isn’t in the script, but at the time, I didn’t know that. Marlon said to me: ‘Maria, don’t worry, it’s just a movie,’ but during the scene, even though what Marlon was doing wasn’t real, I was crying real tears. I felt humiliated and to be honest, I felt a little raped, both by Marlon and by Bertolucci. After the scene, Marlon didn’t console me or apologise. Thankfully, there was just one take.”

In 2013 Bertolucci said he had withheld the information from her to generate a real “reaction of frustration and rage”. Brando alleged that Bertolucci had wanted the characters to have real sex, but Brando and Schneider both said it was simulated. Actress Jessica Tovey, writing in The Guardian, argued that Bertolucci’s defense of pursuing an artistic vision was “bogus” and that what occurred was “a violation."”

Disgusting. She began doing drugs including heroin after she did the movie because she was suffering from PTSD. This isn’t a new phenomena, this film was filmed in 1972. It’s not just Weinstein or Michael Bay. I wonder how much more things happened behind-the-scenes that we do not know or will never know because women are never believed in.