Catherine Zeta-Jones, wearing black, led 101-year-old Kirk Douglas on stage during the Golden Globes.
She spoke about his extraordinarily long-lived career in the movie industry. He then received a standing ovation and a special honorary award.
There’s only one problem with that…
Kirk Douglas has long been rumored to have raped Natalie Wood when she was 16 years old.
It’s one of those long-talked about incidents. A relic of the pre-Harvey Weinstein reality that women in Hollywood had to endure for decades upon decades.
On a night where the prevailing attitude was, "Time's Up!" they gave time to an alleged rapist.
The rumor that Kirk Douglas repeatedly raped Natalie Wood is one of those Hollywood open secrets, the kind that everyone knew about but never mentioned for fear of retribution.
It's possible, probable even that not everyone in the room at the Golden Globes was aware of this rumor when they stood to honor Douglas.
But the Hollywood Foreign Press, the people who organized the show, must have. And they didn’t feel like women standing up against sexual predators was a worthy enough cause to remove alleged rapists from the schedule.
This is just indicative of what women are up against. The culture of harassment and assault are so ingrained in the industry that even on a night where women expressly showed up to make the statement that they will not be silenced, the systems in place didn’t take them seriously.
This disregard for women isn’t new though, and it isn’t going to stop the strong women we saw last night, nor the many that we didn’t see, from fighting for their rights.