After news came out that Harvey Weinstein had been accused of sexual assault in a damning New York Times exposé, people were understandably livid. Unfortunately, not everyone directed their ire at the right guy. Gay icon Harvey Fierstein — who has, to our knowledge, never been accused of anything untoward — has been fielding tweets who have confused him with the Hollywood mogul.
Harvey Weinstein is rumored to be in trouble & I am somehow getting flak as well! I get it. All Harveys look alike.
— Harvey Fierstein (@HarveyFierstein) October 6, 2017
Such are the dangers of having a relatively uncommon first name. After all, when we think of famous Harveys, here’s the complete list that comes to mind:
- Harvey Weinstein, producer and alleged creepazoid (@HarveyWeinstein)
- Harvey Fierstein, gay icon and national treasure (@HarveyFierstein)
- Harvey Levin, the conservative gay man who runs TMZ (@HarveyLevinTMZ)
- Harvey Keitel, actor (not on Twitter)
- Harvey Kurtzman, the creator of MAD magazine (dead for 24 years, not on Twitter)
- Harvey Korman, comedian (dead for 9 years, not on Twitter)
- Harvey Milk, legendary gay activist and politician (dead for 39 years, not on Twitter)
- Harvey Kinkle, Sabrina the Teenage Witch‘s boyfriend (fictional, not on Twitter)
- Hurricane Harvey, a hurricane (not on Twitter)
Here are some of our favorite confused tweets:
Totally bummed to hear @HarveyFierstein has been inappropriate with ladies. Independence Day will never be the same.
— WFOD (@WFODicks) October 7, 2017
— Jenny W. Rogers (@rogersjw12) October 6, 2017
I can't believe @HarveyFierstein sexually harassed Ashely Judd. I always thought he was gay!
— Dave Connelly (@DavidConnelly) October 6, 2017
Thankfully, some folks owned up to their (or their friends’) confusion:
— Tim Schenck (@FatherTim) October 7, 2017
That's funny. When I heard the news, you were who I thought of first! Guess I wasn't alone!
— Michael Blair (@michaelblair78) October 7, 2017
Thanks for that! I was confused and horrified. So glad I can still love Harvey F.
— georgine sheridan (@yiayiageorgie) October 7, 2017
So that's why I thought Harvey Weinstein was gay.. ?
— Kanye_Trump (@Barack_McBush) October 7, 2017
Actual text from this morning… pic.twitter.com/pCVh6JirhT
— PJ Brennan (@peejaybrennan) October 6, 2017
Hubby says to me last night, “Hear about the guy from Torch Song?? He’s harassing woman” and I said , “I think you have the wrong Harvey” ?
— Vincent Catoggio (@vcat523) October 6, 2017
— Jenny McFear ☠️? (@jennydrinks) October 6, 2017
And of course, as Mister Rogers says, “Look for the helpers“:
— Adam Sank (@AdamSank) October 7, 2017
— Karen?Zgoda (@karenzgoda) October 7, 2017
Like Liza with a Z – it's Wein not Fier
— Joe Incao (@Incao501) October 6, 2017
We’re also amused by the people saying that harassing women would be, ahem, a bit out of character for Mr. Fierstein:
— JM Bear (@TheBearSchmoo) October 7, 2017
— Deborah V (@socalscootergal) October 6, 2017
— Jason SweetTooth (@J_SweetTooth) October 6, 2017
Finally, here’s a petition we can really get behind:
— Laurie Kilmartin (@anylaurie16) October 6, 2017
In case you’re still confused, here are a few ways to properly identify your Harvey:
Does your Harvey have a Tony for acting or writing? If so, you’ve got a Fierstein.
Does your Harvey have a Tony for producing? That’s a Weinstein, bub.
Is your Harvey’s most famous role Sam Rizzo in the critical and commercial bomb An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn? Weinstein’s your guy.
Is your Harvey’s most famous role Arnold Beckoff in Torch Song Trilogy? Fierstein, baby!
Is your Harvey beloved by all? That’s totally Fierstein.