The 75th Golden Globes are underway, and as with a lot of award ceremonies, it kicked off with a monologue from the host. Seth Meyers is handling those duties this year, and a lot of his material was directed towards the numerous sexual abuse allegations that have rocked Hollywood over the last few months; all of which were triggered by the reports about Harvey Weinstein, one of Hollywood's top producers for more than two decades. So needless to say Meyers couldn't resist dropping a joke about the former studio mogul, but it was a particularly vicious jab about what'll happen when Weinstein is dead. In Meyers' words:
To address the elephant not in the room, Harvey Weinstein is not here tonight. Because, well, I've heard he's crazy and difficult to work with. But don't worry, he'll be back in 20 years when he's the first person ever booed in the 'In Memoriam.'
This joke immediately triggered 'oohs' and groans from the audience, to which Seth Meyers responded, "It'll sound like that." There were plenty of other memorable jokes from Seth Meyers' Golden Globes monologue, like when he asked if Christopher Plummer would replace Kevin Spacey on House of Cards, but when people look back on this, no doubt many will remember this Harvey Weinstein joke as the most biting comment from the host.
Back in early October of last year, The New York Times and The New Yorker published allegations from several women about how he'd sexually abused and harassed them, with some even accusing him of raping them. Since then, more than 80 women have accused Weinstein of such acts, including actresses like Rose McGowan, Paz de la Huerta and Asia Argento. Director Peter Jackson has also claimed that Weinstein told him not to hire Mira Sorvino and Ashley Judd for the Lord of the Rings movies, which Jackson now believes was part of a smear campaign from Miramax, the studio Weinstein once ran.
Although Harvey Weinstein publicly continues to deny any allegations of sexual harassment, he's faced numerous consequences since the first reports trickled in. This includes him being booted from The Weinstein Company, being expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and being the subject of separate criminal and civil rights investigations. The Weinstein scandal also led to many women sharing their experiences of sexual assault and harassment online under the #MeToo hashtag. We'll keep you updated as more news concerning this scandal comes out.