Comedienne Kelly Bachman from New York recently took to Facebook to share her experience of performing at a bar where an infamous guest was in attendance. She shared how she was excited to perform a 10-min standup at Downtime Bar NYC, sponsored by an organization for artists Actor’s Hour- A Speakeasy for artists. However, little did she know that she was going to perform in front of rape accused Harvey Weinstein, especially invited by the organization’s founder.

I hope it becomes normal and not news to call out evil when you see it. I hope it becomes the norm to not be complicit and to want a room to be safe for everyone in it. – Kelly Bachman

Key Takeaways:

  • Kelly Bachman took to Facebook to share her experience with a comedy show at the Downtime Bar NYC.
  • Little did she know that she’s going to perform in front of rape accused Harvey Weinstein who was sitting in the audience. 
  • Harvey Weinstein was accused of rape, sexual abuse, and sexual misconduct by numerous women in 2017 as part of the #MeToo movement.
  • According to Kelly Bachman, Weinstein had been invited by Actor Hour’s founder Alexandra Laliberte. 

I was Uncomfortable

“To be clear, I don’t want to make anyone comfortable about this. I was uncomfortable. I am still uncomfortable. I have no idea why an organization created to support actors is protecting a man who has raped, blackmailed and ruined the careers of actors, but I do not regret speaking out against that,”  her Facebook post read.

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When she realized that Harvey Weinstein is sitting in the audience, she was a bit baffled. Post this, she texted her friends for their opinions but the emcee shouted at her.  “I was shaking and hot-faced the entire time, in a traumatized state from my own experiences as a survivor of rape. I’ve literally had nightmares about seeing Harvey Weinstein in New York, the way I have nightmares about Stephen King’s It or Freddy Krueger. And he was 50 feet away from me, staring with shark eyes, surrounded by his allies,” she added.

I was shaking and hot-faced the entire time, in a traumatized state from my own experiences as a survivor of rape. I’ve literally had nightmares about seeing Harvey Weinstein in New York. – Kelly Bachman

Boo’od And Told To Shut Up On Addressing Weinstein

“A few audience members seemed terrified into silence while others were unaffected or even seemed to admire him. The few performers before me said nothing about it on stage. I whispered to an audience member, “I have to say something, right?” She said “No, don’t—” and looked away. At this point, I was in total shock, but I really really wanted to get this new tape! I got on stage and tried my best to address him before carrying on with my set. I was boo’d and told to “shut up” by men in the back of the room,” she said.

However, when asked for what she hopes to happen after this confrontational moment, Bachman told Variety, “I hope it becomes normal and not news to call out evil when you see it. I hope it becomes the norm to not be complicit and to want a room to be safe for everyone in it. I think it’s pretty surprising to me that it is news.”

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