The seemingly unstoppable sprawl of celebrities and politicians being outed for sexual harassment on our social streams has been likened by some to a "witch hunt" – an ironic and somewhat naïve comparison considering that, like the actions of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, the mass burning of witches in from the 16th–18th century was also a result of pervasive patriarchal domination.
But we're getting our recompense, with bonfire night coming up – seeing as it’s now illegal to actually burn someone at the stake – UK's Edenbridge Bonfire Society is doing the next best thing.
On Saturday, November 4, a 36-foot effigy of Harvey Weinstein will stand alongside an effigy of Guy Fawkes and be burnt to smithereens as part of Kent bonfire night.
An 11m effigy of Harvey Weinstein was unveiled today, and will go up in flames on 4th Nov at the Edenbridge annual bonfire celebrations pic.twitter.com/JKLJbspCjR— Edenbridge Bonfire (@edenbonfire) November 1, 2017
Each year, the Edenbridge Bonfire Society "pokes fun" at infamous celebrities by burning their large-scale dummies at the event; previous culprits have been Donald Trump, Katie Hopkins and disgraced football administrator Sepp Blatter.
A spokesperson for Edenbridge Bonfire Society said that Weinstein was the "obvious option" amidst allegations of sexual assault from over a dozen high profile actresses, which the society describe as "completely abhorrent."
They went on to say that, "while the burning of the guys is aimed as a light-hearted way to mark the traditional bonfire night celebrations in the UK, there is, of course, nothing funny about Weinstein’s behavior, so it seemed only fair that he gets his comeuppance in effigy form."
More than 10,000 people are expected to attend the event and all the proceeds will go to local charities.
I have spoken to the other women and we have decided it is okay if you sit it out pic.twitter.com/KTj6YQcaVQ— Mollie Goodfellow (@hansmollman) November 1, 2017