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Tried To Run, Tried To Hide

A movement in the entertainment industry continues to break through to the other side, blazing a trail for the next generation of entertainers and creators.

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2017 is a year to be remembered in the film industry.

This year, without a doubt, will go down in history as the year that a major shift began to unveil a disgusting face that had been hidden in Hollywood for decades. Since the original ousting of Harvey Weinstein, disgusting tales of sexual assault have been pouring out of the entertainment industry.

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Kevin Spacey, a famous actor who had been enjoying the limelight as President Frank Underwood on Netflix’s “House of Cards”, has now been all but banished from the acting community. He was set to play a large role in Ridley Scott’s “All the Money in the World”, though due to a growing list of sexual assault allegations has now been removed completely from the film just weeks before its revised release date of December 22.

Gender doesn't dictate the circumstances of sexual assault.

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Terry Crews, an NFL player turned actor, has filed a report with the LAPD holding a “Hollywood honcho” accountable for groping him at a public event. However, perhaps the most striking account is by Corey Feldman. Primarily known for his boyhood roles in “Stand By Me” and “Gremlins”, Corey Feldman has for years been claiming that he was abused as a young boy by an underground Hollywood pedophile ring. As of this week, Feldman officially reported his story to the police and started acting on his vow to uncover the horrific acts going on behind the scenes.

A revolution then can echo a revolution now.


In the ‘60s, the era of psychedelic drug use was beginning to really hit its stride. This subculture of users wasn’t concerned so much with the physical as they were the metaphysical – the larger understanding of the universe in whole. At the epicenter of this relatively new frame of thought was a band by the name of The Doors, led by Jim Morrison. In 1967 “Break on Through (to the Other Side)” was released, putting into words the experience of breaking through that first layer of what is real through the use of psychedelics and discovering a completely new interpretation of the world. Though when analyzed, these lyrics have much to do with the movement that is going on now in contemporary Hollywood.

The power of the #MeToo movement.


Instead of breaking through that wall of reality as The Doors did decades ago, the #MeToo movement and the supportive framework that it has created has allowed victims to bond together and break through a wall of silence that has entrapped them for decades. The abusers have “tried to run, tried to hide”, but the abused are coming together to “break on through to the other side.”

The third verse of The Doors’ famous song reflects the betrayal many have experienced. “I found an island in your arms, country in your eyes, arms that chain, eyes that lie.” This is a powerful and accurate representation of the kind of comfort that some have reported, only to be replaced by abuse and unwanted advances.

It’s clear that as time passes, more people will feel empowered to come forward and share their own story. As of now, there is no end in sight for this avalanche of change, and why should there be? It’s high time that Hollywood steps back from the work of creating films and addresses the harsh reality.

It’s time to break on through to the other side.

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