Many Hollywood stars are speaking out as the Harvey Weinstein scandal continues to unfold, and that includes Thor: Ragnarok stars Cate Blanchett and Mark Ruffalo
While both actors previously released statements or took to social media to condemn Weinstein's alleged actions, Blanchett and Ruffalo also spoke out at the Los Angeles premiere of the latest Thor installment. Blanchett, who plays Hela in the film, told Entertainment Tonight's Kevin Frazier, that anyone who uses their power to abuse women should be held accountable.
"Any male who's in a position of authority or power, you know, whether he be a film producer or the President of the United States who thinks it's his prerogative to sexually intimidate or abuse women that they come into contact with, whether in the workplace or otherwise, they need to be held to account," Blanchett said.
Ruffalo, who posted on Twitter earlier this week that the he found Weinstein's alleged actions to be "a disgusting abuse of power" told Frazier he hoped the disgraced producer would seek help.
"I hope Harvey gets the help that he needs," Ruffalo said. "This is -- it's a sickness."
The film's Hulk also went on to make a plea for these kinds of abuses by men in positions of power come to an end.
"Just stop it!" Ruffalo continued. "It's horrible. And actors are vulnerable. We want to please people, and we want to break into the business. We all know how hard it is, so we're easy to take advantage of. And so, you know I hope that this is the beginning of the end of this stuff. I hope the next time a producer or someone in power thinks they're gonna, you know, be abusive, they think twice."
As more and more celebrities speak out to condemn Weinstein and considering growing numbers of actresses speaking out about their own experiences with the producer, Weinstein has begun to see professional consequences. Weinstein was recently fired from the company he founded with his brother, Bob, The Weinstein Company.
With more and more incidents of sexual abuse and harassment coming to light in Hollywood, hopefully the industry will see the kinds of change that Blanchett, Ruffalo, and others are calling for.