As the New Year rolled in, we were all hopeful that 2017 would be different. After a slew of premature celebrity deaths in 2016, the world was craving safety for their favorite stars. However, as the summer nights drew to a close, so did the viability of peace in Hollywood.
In October, the disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein unintentionally opened the gates to victims of sexual assault, unwittingly inviting them to reveal the truths they’d been hiding for years. His reign of terror over aspiring young actresses abruptly ended, simultaneously exposing many other established Hollywood figures. The allegations against male stars, such as Kevin Spacey and Ed Westwick, began to flood in prompting a mass debate online which villainized all males in a position of power. Until now, there was no compelling mainstream evidence to suggest that female stars were also guilty. That was until footage of a 19-year-old Demi Moore kissing a 15-year-old co-star emerged online. The bizarre clip makes for uncomfortable viewing… The disturbing video shows Moore repeatedly kissing her General Hospital co-star, Philip Tanzini at his 15th birthday party. Taken in 1982, the bizarre clip captures a flirtatious Moore lunging at the young boy, who appears to revel in the attention as the pair are interviewed by Entertainment Tonight. Unperturbed by the fact that she is a married woman (a 17-year-old Moore married rock musician Freddy Moore in 1980, despite him being 12 years her senior), Moore professes her love for the juvenile Tanzini as he casually chomps on a piece of chocolate birthday cake. “I love him dearly. He’s one of my most favorite people… I love Philip and he’s the only one I love,” she confesses to the camera, before adding: “He really is truly terrific. He is, and I love him because he keeps me happy.” A beaming Tanzini then tells the camera that the pair are going to get married, despite having only known each other for three weeks. However, he requests that Entertainment Tonight keep their plans a secret as not to upset Moore’s husband, whom she would go on to separate from two years later. The video, which has been available online for years, has only recently come into the public consciousness as the topic of abuse of power remains potent. However, the five minute clip has divided opinion online. “Lucky kid!” writes one user on YouTube, in a message which is echoed throughout other comments. “Every boy’s dream,” writes another. Meanwhile, many others rage against the idea that 15-year-old Tanzini is “lucky”. Instead, they call it out for what it is: plain weird.
“Here we have actual video evidence of Demi Moore being “indecent” with a 15 year old boy, and people are calling him lucky?! If a 19 year old boy were to snog a 15 year old girl he’d have the fucking book thrown at him, the parents would cry murder and the feminists would have a field day.”
“Double standards are a hell of a thing. If this was an older man with a 15-year-old girl the guy would have been f*cking lynched in the press.”
Many argue that Moore is in a position of power due to her advanced years and that by kissing the boy, four years her junior, was taking advantage. They disregard the fact that Tanzini appears comfortable with the affection being shown to him, claiming that this is natural from a young boy who is taught to be grateful for attention from a good-looking older girl. What do you think? Did Demi go too far, or is it simply some innocent fun? Neither Moore or Tanzini have commented on the footage, which was taken over 30 years ago. Meanwhile, Harvey Weinstein is undergoing therapy for a sexual addiction problem. Watch this video for the latest update on the disgraced movie executive: