James Corden is under fire after delivering number of jokes about Harvey Weinstein while hosting the amfAR Gala, an AIDS research benefit, in Los Angeles on Friday. Yep. He made rape jokes at an AIDS benefit.
“This is a beautiful room. It’s a beautiful night here in L.A. So beautiful, Harvey Weinstein has already asked tonight up to his hotel to give him a massage,” Corden said.
Some accusing Weinstein of abuse claimed that he asked them to give him a massage.
“It has been weird this week though, watching Harvey Weinstein in hot water. Ask any of the women who watched him take a bath,” said Corden.
Corden also made reference to an accusation that Weinstein masturbated into a potted plant in front of journalist Lauren Sivan.
“Harvey Weinstein wanted to come tonight, but sadly he’ll settle for whatever potted plant is closest,”Corden joked.
The jokes were met with criticism online. Actor Rose McGowan slammed Corden early Sunday morning, calling him a “motherfucking piglet” on Twitter.
McGowan has been one of the most vocal figures against sexual abuse in Hollywood after allegations against big shot producer Harvey Weinstein broke earlier this month. Since then, multiple woman have come forward to allege abuse, and an audio recording from the NYPD was made public.
James Corden has benefitted from, and appears to have a friendship with, Weinstein. He chose to make jokes instead of publicly condemn him.
— Rossalyn Warren (@RossalynWarren) October 15, 2017
I know it’s a “joke” but this and Corden’s dreary Weinstein quips are yet more proof that men really do NOT fucking get it at all.
— Justin Myers (@theguyliner) October 15, 2017
Corden has been friendly with Weinstein in the past, making the jokes seem even worse. Instead of speaking out against Weinstein, this makes it look like Corden is making light of the whole thing.
In 2012, Corden and Weinstein were captured posing for photos at the GQ Men of the Year Awards. In 2013, the late night host starred Weinstein’s film One Chance. In an interview before the release of the film, Weinstein claimed he sought out James for the role.
“I really wouldn’t make the movie without him. There were much more famous Americans willing to take the movie, but I just wanted to work with James,” Weinstein said at the time.