In this week alone, we’ve banned a Christmas song, the use of meat-based puns, The Little Mermaid and conversing with women. I fear whatever sense that was left is now gone.
We both admire Lawrence Krauss. We were fortunate enough to interview him. But, the manner of the allegations against him, and his subsequent exit leaves us with a series of questions.
In the wake of the sexual allegations waved at him, Morgan Freeman claims that he has done nothing wrong. To be fair, we’ve all thought that, and we need re-education.
Presumably consensual fumblings in a public forum might seem banal. The celebrity, no matter his fame, was equipped with a power differential to leverage. Which he did. I complied, until I didn’t.
The more things change, the more they stay the same. In the week just gone, Donald crashed through the floor, an actor faced sexual harassment allegations and memes swept in to save us from ourselves.
The #MeToo movement has given women a voice, revealing the prevalence of sexual harassment, assault, and predation in our society and exposing its scope, and I’m no different. But, what next?
After TIME magazine honoured those who came forward, the next step from those who shouted ‘MeToo’ will involve all of us.
When Don Burke labelled the voices against him a ‘witch hunt’, he was merely following a well-worn path that many have walked down before.
Our reaction to those responsible for sexual abuses in Hollywood has been admirable, but misguided. We should still enjoy art for art’s sake.