James Corden blasted for Harvey Weinstein jokes
James Corden is feeling the heat after a hosting gig littered with Harvey Weinstein jokes prompted backlash from both the audience and Weinstein's alleged victims.
The British late-night host took the stage Friday night at the amFAR gala, and kicked off his bit with several references to the more than two dozen accusations of sexual harassment, assault and rape currently facing the disgraced movie mogul.
"It's a beautiful night here in LA — so beautiful, Harvey Weinstein has already asked it to go up to his hotel to give him a massage," Corden said, to a chorus of groans from the audience. "I don't know whether that groan was that you like that joke, or you don't like that joke. If you don't like that joke, you should probably leave now."
The "Late Late Show" host, 39, continued with a reference to the recurring allegation that Weinstein asked many of his victims to watch him shower.
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"It has been a weird week though, hasn't it, watching Harvey Weinstein in hot water. Ask any of the women who watched him take a bath. It's weird watching Harvey Weinstein in hot water," Corden said. "Harvey Weinstein wanted to come tonight, but he'll settle for whatever potted plant is closest."
Corden and Weinstein have a working relationship that stretches back to at least 2013, when Weinstein hand-picked the actor to star in his film "One Chance."
Though the amFAR audience responded largely with groans to Corden's jokes, there were a few chuckles, as evidenced by a video uploaded to Twitter by a Hollywood Reporter writer.
The internet was less forgiving.
Italian actress Asia Argento, who came forward last week in a New Yorker article claiming Weinstein had forced oral sex on her, tweeted, "Shame on this pig and everyone who grunted with him."
Rose McGowan, who alleged on Twitter that Weinstein had raped her, was even harsher.
"YOU MOTHERF--KING PIGLET. Hearing the audience's vile roars & laughs shows EXACTLY what kind of HOLLYWOOD you really are," she wrote before calling on CBS — the network that airs Corden's late-night show — to donate to the East Los Angeles Women's Center.
Many others expressed their displeasure in Corden's normalization of rape culture.
"Hey @JKCorden glad you think the systemic sexual harassment and assault used in your industry to control women is funny," one user wrote.
"I never liked James Corden because he's not funny. Now I don't like him because he's a smug, entitled misogynist," another wrote.
"This is quite shameful..@JKCorden what utter disrespect you show to all those women. Jokes perpetuate widespread denial of what happened," added another.