Introduction

Since I began researching for this book, two things happened that I couldn’t predict: the rise of Trumpism and the toppling of the Hollywood patriarchy of predators. The ripple effects continue to have statewide and global implications. From Silicon Valley to anti-sexism movements in France, the fallout is impacting all strata of culture. This revolution is being televised, streamed and shared; it’s cultural Black Mirror with real life causes and consequences that range from disturbing and tragic to felonious and monstrous. I’m still struggling to comprehend their gravity.

There is no, as 19th century historian Martin Jay put it, “aesthetic alibi” for bad behavior. The art made by those accused has turned radioactive.1 As much as ...

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