If you missed our livestream Clubland Q&A earlier today, here's the action replay. Simply click above for an hour of my answers to questions from Mark Steyn Club members around the planet on various aspects of elite condescension around the world, from Hollywood to the European Union - with a breaking news update on the world's most free economies, and the latest allegations re Harvey Weinstein, which now include at least three claims of rape. By 4pm Eastern, Rosanna Arquette had joined the list of accusers. Now Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie have - and the daughter of at least one Mark Steyn Show guest, Mira Sorvino.
This is not just a very starry class-action suit-in-waiting, but also a revealing glimpse of the depravity of a very ugly industry, whose self-congratulation on its own moral superiority is in inverse proportion to the grubby reality. Usually in these kinds of cases, the victims are low-level female employees, poorly paid and with zero clout within the business - see, for example, Paula Jones, Monica Lewinsky, etc. But Weinstein abused some of the most famous women on the planet - Ashley Judd, Gwyneth Paltrow, Rose McGowan, Asia Argento, Angelina Jolie, Heather Graham, Rosanna Arquette... These ladies are not just award-winning actresses but businesswomen with their own companies, UN special envoys, directors and producers - and, in a couple of cases, global brands. Miss Jolie, for example, was a prominent participant at the UN Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. And yet the genius of liberal, progressive, Democrat Hollywood is that, under Harvey Weinstein and his pals, it can reduce powerful, successful women to the level of the poorest, most vulnerable, minimum-wage entry-level worker in Slick Willie's Arkansas state bureaucracy. Congratulations, feminists. The lies you told yourselves during the Clinton era really paid off.
And, if you're wondering why Jimmy Kimmel and the other late-night wimps have nothing to say about it, hey, they did all the Harvey gags way back when.
We had some question-display issues at my end of the studio at the opening of today's show, which is why I sound like I'm treading water a bit at the beginning. But the technical problems resolved themselves mostly, so please bear with us. We're still experimenting with different versions for these Clubland Q&As - print, audio, video - and it's important to us to know whether you like or dislike this format. We have fun in The Mark Steyn Club, so, if you're considering signing up, you can find out more info here - and don't forget, for any Steyn fans among your loved ones, our new gift membership.
We didn't get to all your questions, so I'll pick up a few unanswered ones for our next video edition of Mark's Mailbox. Meanwhile, I'll be back on the radio on Thursday, with the great John Oakley live at 5pm Eastern on Toronto's AM640, and right here with a brand new nightly audio adventure in our series Tales for Our Time starting this Friday.
If you're in the mood for a bit of telly, I'll be back with Tucker Carlson tomorrow night, Wednesday, at 8pm Eastern/5pm Pacific.
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