Amidst all the revelations and accusations surrounding Harvey Weinstein, it’s important to recognize that while such predatory behaviour is not as uncommon as we’d like to believe, neither is it the norm.
Case in point: an anecdote that female movie critic Nell Minow relays to Poynter.org, recalling her experience interviewing former “Friends” star David Schwimmer about “Trust”, the 2010 film he directed.
Initially, the interview was held in the restaurant of the hotel in which Schwimmer was staying. When the noisy setting proved to be non-conducive to the conversation, Schwimmer “hesitantly” broached the idea of continuing the interview in his room.
While Minow — who was “twice his age” — didn’t feel any anxiety about it, Schwimmer quickly added that, if it would make her feel more comfortable, he could ensure there was another person in the room.
“I haven’t thought of that since it happened but the Weinstein stories made me not just remember it but remember it in an entirely different context as an indicator of the prevalence of predatory behaviour and as an indicator of Schwimmer’s integrity and sensitivity,” Minow said.
“This wasn’t just about his being a good guy who would not have tried anything,” added Minow. “He understood what it is like to have to be constantly on the alert and he wanted to make sure I understood I was safe.”