Every Man Should Ask Himself The Questions John Oliver Asked Dustin Hoffman

Elias Hubbard
December 7, 2017

After all, if you're interested in movies, hearing some of the greats talk "inside baseball" can be truly meaningful.

John Oliver is on that SuckaShit. Despite the allegations made by Hunter and another woman, the actor had recently taken the podium at two Oscar-season events, the Governors Awards in Los Angeles and Gotham Awards in NY, with barely a ripple.

But despite a small chorus of Oliver criticism, Hoffman's responses were widely pilloried, certainly on tactical grounds, as he alternately squirmed and sought to cite a history of treating women respectfully. "Punk ass motherf-cker John Oliver".

Several scribes took to Twitter to live tweet the exchange.

No, he's livid-seriously livid-that John Oliver did not call Dustin Hoffman "Mr. Hoffman" while questioning the actor about the culture of sexual harassment that permeates Hollywood.

But Oliver wanted to continue with the subject.

Ok You seem angry.

Hunter came forward last month to accuse the actor of groping her and making inappropriate comments while she worked as a 17-year-old intern on the set of the 1985 TV movie adaptation of Death of a Salesman. The Washington Post was there to cover the unexpected confrontation.

"It's hanging in the air?" Hoffman said. "From a few things you've read, you've made an incredible assumption about me", he noted, adding sarcastically, "You've made the case better than anyone else can".

Just when you thought it couldn't get any more disheartening than Hoffman's unflinchingly blissful ignorance, producer Jane Rosenthal, for reasons one can only imagine, chose to speak up on Hoffman's behalf.

"You weren't there", Hoffman said to Oliver about the "Salesman" set. "It's 'not reflective of who I am.' But it is reflective of who you were".

"Yes, I believe what she wrote because there's no point in her lying", Oliver responded.

To which Oliver responded by saying that there needs to be a "cultural shift" in what was viewed as appropriate behaviour because what might seem amusing to one person might have damning effects on the other.

"It's that part of the response to this stuff that pisses me off", Oliver said. It is reflective of who you were. If it happened, and you've given no evidence to show that it didn't happen, then there was a period in time for a while when you were a creeper around women. "It feels like a cop-out to say, 'It wasn't me.' Do you understand how that feels like a dismissal?"

Zeitchik added, after sometime, Hoffman touched upon the debate and accused Oliver of being biased and "unquestionably believing accusers".

Hoffman responded to the story, saying, "I have the utmost respect for women and feel bad that anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable situation".

According to a report in The Washington Post, Oliver said that he was going to discuss the changing climate in the entertainment industry, where many powerful figures have faced precipitous consequences as accounts of their sexual misdeeds have been brought to light.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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