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The floodgates of sexual harassment accusations are opened and that’s a great thing

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The floodgates of sexual harassment accusations are opened and thats a great thing

There’s a tremendous risk with floodgates of any kind being opened up. They can lead to witch hunts that damage innocent people, which then cause skepticism to rise against those with legitimate claims. This is a terrible potential cycle of events that doesn’t end well for anyone.

So far (knock on wood), that hasn’t been the case with the floodgates of sexual misconduct accusations made against men of power. Most of them have been credible with the media doing its job of researching and verifying as much as possible before publishing. There have been exceptions, but as we’ve seen lately, the majority of the claims have been accompanied by enough evidence and credibility for the accusers that clear lines can be drawn, at least in the court of public opinion and professional status.

Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, John Conyers, Bill O’Reilly, Al Franken, Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K., George H.W. Bush, and Charlie Rose can all be viewed as having committed some form of sexual misconduct without question. Garrison Keillor and Roy Moore deny their allegations, though some if not most believe there’s validity to claims against them. Is the accuracy of the claims so far a product of good journalistic standards? To some extent, yes. Major news outlets are very particular about claims like these; the only thing worse than missing a story is publishing a demonstrably false one. What’s overlooked by some is the fact that this is like shooting fish in a barrel. Now that it’s been proven acceptable to make these claims without getting destroyed by powerful men or the media, those who have committed the acts should all be sweating. They’re the ones in the barrel and nobody’s going to have sympathy for them if credible accusations come forth.

In other words, the days of Bill and Hillary Clinton terrorizing accusers are over. It’s now safe to make the claims.

Most attribute the floodgates being opened to Harvey Weinstein’s accusers, but it was actually made plausible by the take-down of powerful Fox News personalities that helped alert the victims. Until Roger Ailes’ fall from grace, there was still a fear that society wasn’t ready to listen to the victims. When he fell, the crack formed in the shield of fear. Weinstein’s accusers were the dramatic breaking of the crack into a full-blown hole and the rest is history.

Why now? Nancy Pelosi believes it’s because of Donald Trump’s election, but that’s ludicrous. Again, it was workplace harassment by Ailes well before accusations came out against Trump that signaled the coast was clear for victims to make their accusations. Had Clinton won the election, we’d likely still be seeing pretty much the same accusations. In fact, leftist pundits would be hailing the opening of the floodgates as a direct result of electing a female president.

These are strange times for the people as some of our favorite icons (I really loved Spacey’s acting) are falling. They’re exciting times for the media as we now have someone new to go after pretty much every day. They’re terrifying times for men in power who have committed similar acts. Unfortunately, there are likely many, many of them. As crazy as it may seem, we’ve only seen the tip of this iceberg. Power yields feelings of invincibility. There are dozens of other Weinsteins in Hollywood just as there are dozens of other Conyers in DC. Lauer, O’Reilly, and Rose are just the first men behind the desk to take the hit. More will come.

It takes a certain degree of narcissism to be successful in Hollywood, DC, or behind the news desk. This is why I’m certain we’re going to see many more accusations in the coming weeks. This is the purge these three industries needed. It also represents the awakening we needed in America. It’s not a feminist awakening, though some will call it that. In reality, it’s one of the few positive side-effects of political correctness run amok. Denying accusations without a justifiable reason to do so is no longer acceptable. Defending men in power isn’t, either.

Many are calling them men anti-feminist which fuels claims that this is a feminist awakening. These men aren’t necessarily opposed to feminism. They’re in favor of their own pleasure, self-empowerment, and delusions of grandeur that manifest in treating their inferiors as disposable. That’s the big win out of all this. The removal of the unchecked narcissists from positions of power will turn out to be a great moment in American history when we look back in ten to twenty years. Even today, it’s being viewed as a positive.

Now is not the time to fear. There will be false accusations, but hopefully they’ll be debunked quickly and there won’t be enough of them to dilute the impact of the real ones. This purge has been a long time coming. When it’s done (and yes, it does have a foreseeable end), the three most impacted arenas (Hollywood, DC, and America’s news desks) will be better as a result.

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Carolina Panthers owner selling team after reports of sexual harassment, racial slurs

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Two years removed from a Super Bowl loss, the Carolina Panthers will soon have a new owner. The team made multiple confidential payouts for workplace misconduct by owner Jerry Richardson that included sexual harassment and the use of a racial slur. Richardson will be selling the team at the end of the season.

The team is reportedly worth around $2.3 billion. With franchise quarterback Cam Newton signed through 2020 and a probably playoff berth this season, they have an upside now that they’re on the market.

Further Reading

Jerry Richardson: New details on allegations against Panthers owner

https://www.si.com/jerry-richardson-carolina-panthers-settlements-workplace-misconduct-sexual-harassment-racial-slurFriday was Jeans Day, when most staffers at the Carolina Panthers team offices would wear denim to work. The female employees knew what that meant. As the team’s owner, Jerry Richardson, made his rounds on the way to his spacious office, he would ask women to turn around so he could admire their backsides. Then, in his rolling Southern drawl, he’d offer comment, drawing from a store of one-liners he’d recycle each week. Among those in heaviest rotation: Show me how you wiggle to get those jeans up. I bet you had to lay down on your bed to fit into those jeans. Did you step into those jeans or did you have to jump into them?

Panthers owner selling team upon reports of sexual misconduct – Axios

https://www.axios.com/panthers-owner-selling-team-upon-reports-of-sexual-misconduct-2518280277.htmlCarolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson said on Sunday he would be selling his NFL team at the end of this season, according to Sports Illustrated.

Why it matters: The announcement comes hours after a Sports Illustrated report that the Panthers were opening an internal investigation into “workplace misconduct” claims against Richardson. Among these is an alleged racial slur against an African American employee, and repeated sexual harassment against female employees.

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Don’t watch the trailer for 15:17 to Paris. Just see the movie.

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Dont watch the trailer for 1517 to Paris Just see the movie

You’ll thank me later if you do exactly as I say. On this story, you’ll notice a trailer. I’m obligated to put it up there because most of you won’t heed my warning. You’ll hear that there’s a true story directed by Clint Eastwood starring the actual men who lived through the experiences of that day and you’ll watch the trailer.

I wish I hadn’t.

I wish I would have done what I used to do, which was to not watch trailers of movies I already know I’m going to watch in theaters. Lately, I’ve been writing more entertainment stories so I’m compelled to watch trailers. It’s my burden to bear.

It doesn’t have to be yours. Plan on seeing this movie next February. If you need a refresher on the events from 2015, here’s the synopsis of the movie:

In the early evening of August 21, 2015, the world watched in stunned silence as the media reported a thwarted terrorist attack on Thalys train #9364 bound for Paris—an attempt prevented by three courageous young Americans traveling through Europe. The film follows the course of the friends’ lives, from the struggles of childhood through finding their footing in life, to the series of unlikely events leading up to the attack. Throughout the harrowing ordeal, their friendship never wavers, making it their greatest weapon and allowing them to save the lives of the more than 500 passengers on board.

There. Now do yourself a favor and skip the trailer. Just watch the movie itself. You’ve been warned.

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Do feminists really want to win awards for anything other than merit?

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Do feminists really want to win awards for anything other than merit

I don’t dive into stories about feminism very often. One story caught my eye and brought out the “fairness” tingling I usually bury in my gizzards. The claim being made by many feminists following the announcement of the Golden Globe nominations is that the absence of a woman for the Best Director category is wrong, not because there were women who were more deserving but because the nomination should be a reflection of the diversity in society.

In other words, they’re saying there should have been a token woman in the mix even if she didn’t deserve it because women need more women to be given things they don’t deserve. Or something like that.

Here’s the story from DailyWire that compiles many of the complaints by feminists:

Feminists Angry Over Golden Globes Snubbing Female Directors

https://www.dailywire.com/news/24608/feminists-angry-over-golden-globes-snubbing-female-paul-bois“Award shows are only relevant insofar as they provide an interesting portrait of the zeitgeist,” writes Zeba Blay at HuffPo. “We can debate all day about which movie is better than which or who deserved what trophy, but as a collective, these nominations and accolades are supposed to say something about the culture as a whole, and that’s perhaps the only thing that makes them worth talking about at all.”

“The main thing the Golden Globes give a nominee is visibility,” tweeted Rebecca Keegan, the Hollywood correspondent for Vanity Fair. “Another reason why it’s depressing they went with an all male director category. Few women directors will achieve power of Spielberg, Nolan, Scott without the opportunity to be seen.”

Actress Amber Tamblyn chastised Spielberg and Nolan on Twitter for failing to campaign on behalf of women directors, which is rather anti-feminist considering that her call is for men to help women up when they should be able to do it themselves.

“The men nominated here should speak to the fact that they don’t share this honor with a single woman in their category,” Tamblyn tweeted. “That something is glaringly missing from this list. Be an ally. This is not acceptable.”

Gerwig aside, the other lady directors that feminists have alleged were snubbed are: Patty Jenkins for “Wonder Woman,” Sofia Coppola for “The Beguiled,” Kathryn Bigelow for “Detroit,” and Dee Rees for “Mudbound.”

My Take

These awards (and any like them) should come down to one thing: merit. I already hate that there’s politics involved in so many of them; it still stings that Zero Dark Thirty was so thoroughly snubbed over politics. I also can’t stand that they use a round-robin system at times. They like to spread the love, so if an amazing performance is put out by someone who has already won and another person in the same category hasn’t gone on stage before, they’re often given the nod. This last complaint is minor, but it’s there.

What’s not minor is the notion that we need to express cultural diversity through awards nominations. If feminists want more women to win awards, help get more women to make movies. Support those movies financially by going to see them. One of the names on the feminists’ list of snubbed directors is Sofia Coppola for The Beguiled. Nobody nominated it because nobody saw it. The period piece had a total domestic gross of just over $10 million and scored a respectable 78% on Rotten Tomatoes. Respectable, but not award-worthy when you consider the lowest score among the movies with directors nominated is an 86% for Steven Speilberg’s The Post.

This is just another way of adding politics to Hollywood. Is it too much to ask that Hollywood simply focused on entertaining us? Leave the social justice, political correctness, and cultural righteousness out of the movie business.

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