The comedian who called out Harvey Weinstein is now getting the support she should have gotten from the venue

Some say that cancel culture doesn't exist. You can complain about somebody's bad behavior all you want, but at the end of the day, the person who has abused their power is going to stay in power. Case in point, Harvey Weinstein who's just walking around and doing his thing while he awaits his January trial for sexual assault and rape. Things like attending actor showcases in Manhattan.

When Weinstein showed his face at Actors Hour, stand-up Kelly Bachman called out Harvey Weinstein during his set. Bachman, a sexual assault survivor, felt she couldn't let it slide. "It's my job to name the elephant in the room," she said during her set. "I have been raped, surprisingly by no one in this room, but I've never gotten to confront those guys. So, just a general fuck you." She received boos, and someone even told her to shut up.



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Weinstein was also confronted by attendees Zoe Stuckless and Amber Rollo, who were both kicked out for approaching him.





Alexandra Laliberte, host of Actors Hour, later apologized in a lengthy Instagram post. She said she "did not consider the underlying implications of Mr. Weinstein's presence and was naively overwhelmed by the entire situation that unfolded." Weinstein will not be returning to the event.


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While the venue didn't do anything to make the people who complained feel safe and supported, they did receive support on Twitter for having the guts to call him out. Celebrities, including Weinstein accuser Rose McGowan, as well as non-celebrities have been calling Bachman the hero we all need.











Bachman says she was just saying what needed to be said. "I was really trying to just say something, and in the moment, I really felt like I could have said more, and I really felt like I had let down other survivors by not saying more," she told CNN. "They're my heroes for speaking out and I hope I did right by them in some way."

It's almost as if this event was one giant metaphor for the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Sure, those who spoke out at the event were silenced at first, but ultimately, their voices were heard louder because they had the courage to do the right thing and speak out.

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When Molly Reeser was a student at Michigan State University, she took a job mucking horse stalls to help pay for classes. While she was there, she met a 10-year-old girl named Casey, who was being treated for cancer, and — because both were animal lovers — they became fast friends.

Two years later, Casey died of cancer.

"Everyone at the barn wanted to do something to honor her memory," Molly remembers. A lot of suggestions were thrown out, but Molly knew that there was a bigger, more enduring way to do it.

"I saw firsthand how horses helped Casey and her family escape from the difficult and terrifying times they were enduring. I knew that there must be other families who could benefit from horses in the way she and her family had."

Molly approached the barn owners and asked if they would be open to letting her hold a one-day event. She wanted to bring pediatric cancer patients to the farm, where they could enjoy the horses and peaceful setting. They agreed, and with the help of her closest friends and the "emergency" credit card her parents had given her, Molly created her first Camp Casey. She worked with the local hospital where Casey had been a patient and invited 20 patients, their siblings and their parents.

The event was a huge success — and it was originally meant to be just that: a one-day thing. But, Molly says, "I believe Casey had other plans."

One week after the event, Molly received a letter from a five-year-old boy who had brain cancer. He had been at Camp Casey and said it was "the best day of his life."

"[After that], I knew that we had to pull it off again," Molly says. And they did. Every month for the next few years, they threw a Camp Casey. And when Molly graduated, she did the most terrifying thing she had ever done and told her parents that she would be waitressing for a year to see if it might be possible to turn Camp Casey into an actual nonprofit organization. That year of waitressing turned into six, but in the end she was able to pull it off: by 2010, Camp Casey became a non-profit with a paid staff.

"I am grateful for all the ways I've experienced good luck in my life and, therefore, I believe I have a responsibility to give back. It brings me tremendous joy to see people, animals, or things coming together to create goodness in a world that can often be filled with hardships."

Camp Casey serves 1500 children under the age of 18 each year in Michigan. "The organization looks different than when it started," Molly says. "We now operate four cost-free programs that bring accessible horseback riding and recreational services to children with cancer, sickle cell disease, and other life-threatening illnesses."

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