Dear influential showrunners/comedians/writers of Hollywood,
We all agree that the Harvey Weinstein revelations have been horrifying, and today they somehow got even worse. If you want to voluntarily sink into the swamp of sadness that is this story, you'll find an insane series of discoveries around the great lengths Weinstein went to in order to protect himself from consequences for his actions. People in Hollywood must have noticed abuse on this scale, which was so carefully contrived and executed. In fact, we know that a lot of people did. But the way some of these influential people tried to "inform" the public about Weinstein's actions was through little in-jokes, which seem to fall short of actually helping to end such horrific abuse.
When people hear jokes about a powerful person sexually assaulting people sandwiched between other throwaway wacky gags, no one takes them seriously. Everyone was quick to retroactively praise Seth MacFarlane for his very mild Weinstein joke at the Oscar nomination announcements. Speaking of the nominated actresses, he said, "Congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein."
After the Weinstein allegations broke, MacFarlane said that he made the joke from "a place of loathing and anger," adding, "There is nothing more abhorrent and indefensible than abuse of power such as this." Which are both things he could have publicly said at the time instead of making a severely watered-down joke.