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This Starlet Furiously Called Out Sexism in Hollywood Over Seventy Years Ago and the Internet Is Loving It

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Her comments still ring true today

The movie, music, comedy, and entertainment industries are under extreme scrutiny right now as bombastic allegations have come to light that several high-profile men who preyed on unsuspecting up-and-comers in the industry. Sexism and sexual harassment are nothing new, but it seems like it would be less likely to happen to someone who’s famous… Someone who has millions of fans that could expose a predator to everyone…

It turns out that this is not the case. While many people all over the world are assaulted every year, it appears that being a start doesn’t make it any less likely. It also is just as likely that these stars will suffer in silence like so many other as they fear of being blackballed from their industry or retaliated against in some other way. This fear has long stopped their voices from being heard. Finally, after years of silence, everything is coming out.

Then again, not everyone kept quiet. Musician and author James Rhodes dug up a 72-year-old interview with the Irish actress Maureen O’Hara, and it’s incredibly relevant to the events going on in Hollywood right now. Though Maureen has passed on, she’s being championed as an outspoken sexual harassment activist.

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