Fatty Arbuckle and the Start of the Me Too Movement

By Karen Harris


August 21, 1922. 'Fatty' Arbuckle Sails to Produce Own Pictures. (Getty Images)

Long before Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby started groping young Hollywood starlets, there was Fatty Arbuckle. In the early 1920s, Arbuckle was a big star…literally and figuratively. He topped the scales at more than 260 pounds and embraces the stage name “Fatty” as a replacement for his given name, Roscoe. And, he was Hollywood’s first actor to earn more than one million dollars. Like Weinstein and Cosby after him, Arbuckle’s fall from grace was the result of inappropriate sexual relations with an up-and-coming Hollywood actress. Or was it? Was Arbuckle simply an innocent man who was in the wrong place at the wrong time?