Seth Meyers has something to say about the country’s powerful men.
During Thursday’s episode, the Late Night host dedicated his “Closer Look” segment to examining what he calls America’s “toxic culture of male entitlement” in light of recent sexual misconduct and rape allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein,” Weinstein’s spokeswoman, Sallie Hofmeister, said in a statement.
In discussing the subject, the host also referenced President Donald Trump’s treatment of San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria as well as his tweets this week about challenging network news’ broadcasting licenses.
“This week, we’ve seen examples of powerful men at the highest levels of entertainment and politics from Harvey Weinstein to Donald Trump abusing their power to silence, bully, or coerce,” he said in his 10-minute monologue. “And it’s a reminder that our toxic culture of male entitlement is still very much intact.”
“Of course, we have a president who built his political career almost entirely on bullying,” Meyers said of Trump. “His campaign and now his presidency have been in many ways a performance of dominance, a performance that has in many cases been explicitly misogynist.”