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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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Amy Schumer is important in her own mind

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Amy Schumer is important in her own mind

It’s bad when entertainers-turned-political-activists like Colin Kaepernick feel that their opinions are superior to the opinions of others because they have celebrity status based on something other than their governmental acumen. It’s worse when entertainers-turned-political-activists like Amy Schumer support other activists by propagandizing their fans through social media.

That’s what Amy Schumer just did. She also attempted to shame all Caucasian football players for not supporting their brother by kneeling.

Her latest display of activism came in the form of an Instagram post declaring to the world she will not be doing a Super Bowl ad this year. Mainstream media, on cue, took to the airwaves with this “blockbuster” story while social media echoed her sentiment like sheep.

The biggest parallel between Amy Schumer and Colin Kaepernick is that neither had the chops in their former professions to make it big, so they turned to activism to inflate their egos and justify their celebrity status.

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Friday thought. I wonder why more white players aren’t kneeling. Once you witness the truly deep inequality and endless racism people of color face in our country, not to mention the police brutality and murders. Why not kneel next to your brothers? Otherwise how are you not complicit? I think it would be cool if @maroon5 backed out of super bowl like @badgalriri Did. I personally told my reps I wouldn’t do a Super Bowl commercial this year. I know it must sound like a privilege ass sacrifice but it’s all i got. Hitting the nfl with the advertisers is the only way to really hurt them. I know opposing the nfl is like opposing the nra. Very tough, but don’t you want to be proud of how you’re living? Stand up for your brothers and sisters of color. And the hottest thing a guy can do is get down on one knee. Not to propose but to reject the treatment of his teammates by this country. Anyone who says its disrespectful to our military please read up on the fact that a lot of veterans are proud of what @kaepernick7 is doing and fully support him. What are your thoughts?

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As USC sex abuse scandal grows to 500 complaints, #MeToo fixates on the GOP

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As USC sex abuse scandal grows to 500 complaints MeToo fixates on the GOP

The #MeToo movement was supposed to be about protecting and empowering women. Its origins were righteous and it delivered results. No, those origins weren’t with Alyssa Milano, though she’s become the face of the modern version of the movement. The original #MeToo movement started a decade ago. It wasn’t a hashtag. It advocated for victims.

Today’s #MeToo movement is one part women’s advocacy, nine parts political commentary against conservatives. The far left has appropriated the movement to no longer be about sexual misconduct by individuals. Instead, it’s about stopping Republicans in the upcoming election. But don’t take my word for it.

Milano, who helped bring Hollywood into the mix and did some great things a year ago to get the #MeToo movement ramped up for women, has tried to separate her #MeToo leadership role from her push for Democrats in the upcoming midterm election. These efforts have proven to be impossible. With the elections so close, she has leaned towards the latter. She hasn’t abandoned #MeToo by any means, but it’s clear her passion is for the political side of her agenda.

As such, the intermingling was inevitable even if it wasn’t intentional.

Here’s the problem. #MeToo needs her a heck of a lot more than the Democrats do. Political candidates have the resources and voice to get their message out. Milano’s reach is a drop in the bucket on the political front. For the #MeToo movement, her voice can actually make a difference, raise awareness, and inspire women to act.

Her desire to influence a few political races has drawn her away from a true calling that actually needs her voice.

You won’t see her talking about the massive USC sexual abuse incidents that have affected literally hundreds, perhaps thousands of impressionable women for decades.

Nearly 100 additional women sue USC over gynecologist’s alleged sexual misconduct

https://www.foxnews.com/us/nearly-100-additional-women-sue-usc-over-gynecologists-alleged-sexual-misconductMore than a dozen women appeared at a news conference Thursday to announce the new lawsuits on behalf of 93 women against the university, bringing the total number of accusations against Tyndall to about 500 current and former students.

“I am part of an accidental sisterhood of hundreds of women because the university we love betrayed our trust,” said Dana Loewy, who alleged that Dr. George Tyndall assaulted her during an examination in 1993.

Perhaps the worst part about Milano’s actions is that she willfully ignores abuse accusations made against Democrats. Why isn’t she calling for people to believe Sherrod Brown’s accuser? Where are the Tweets condemning Keith Ellison?

Why hasn’t she said a word about Katie Brennan?

Why isn’t Katie Brennan’s #MeToo accusation getting national attention?

http://noqreport.com/2018/10/15/isnt-katie-brennans-metoo-accusation-getting-national-attention/It’s the type of story that should have received national attention immediately. It was sourced by a respected major news outlet, the Wall Street Journal. Both the accuser and the accused are high-ranking public official in New Jersey’s government. The accused stepped down two weeks ago when approached by WSJ for comment. Katie Brennan’s story is a major newsworthy scandal.

As of Monday morning, a day after the story officially broke and four days after it was leaked to other major news outlets, both mainstream media and the #MeToo movement are essentially silent.

Being a good Democrat has taken Milano’s focus away from the #MeToo movement. She has helped turn it into a political tool at the expense of victims whose voices are not being heard. Sadly, politicians will use her while victims slip by silently.

Politicians have turned the #MeToo movement and Alyssa Milano into their proxies. They justify it by claiming they’ll be better for women in the long run. Sadly, the real movement is suffering because people like Milano bought their sales pitch.

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Here’s how polls have reacted since Taylor Swift endorsed Phil Bredesen

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Taylor Swift just gave Marsha Blackburn the fundraising boost she needed to win in Tennessee

There is still plenty to debate about the effectiveness of political endorsements by entertainers. 2016 demonstrated that a unified Hollywood was not able to make a dent in President Trump’s momentum. Some say their incessant crying actually riled up more Trump supporters than Hillary Clinton supporters.

The latest major entertainer to throw her hat in the political endorsement arena is singer Taylor Swift. She stayed focus on her home state of Tennessee by endorsing Phil Bredesen for Senate. That was a week ago. How has the endorsement played in the polls?

Let’s just say the Bredesen campaign is trying to stay positive by pointing to internal polling since public polling is abysmal.

Tennessee Senate race poll: Marsha Blackburn leads Phil Bredesen

https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2018/10/15/tennessee-senate-race-marsha-blackburn-widens-lead-over-phil-bredesen-new-york-times-poll/1646568002/Republican nominee Marsha Blackburn has widened her lead to a commanding 14 percentage points over Democratic rival Phil Bredesen, according to the latest major public poll of Tennessee’s U.S. Senate race.

But the Bredesen campaign is pushing back in a memo to supporters that highlights recent internal polls taken by the campaign that show the race is still tight.

There has been plenty working against Bredesen since an October 3 poll put him at down by 5-points. He faced backlash for claiming he would have voted for Brett Kavanaugh to be confirmed. Then, an undercover video by Project Veritas revealed his staffers and volunteers claiming he didn’t really mean it. The combination of lies, bad press, and Swift’s endorsement have made his poll numbers plummet.

Entertainers should entertain. They are entitled to their opinions, of course, but attempts to use their clout to sway politics is only effective if they take the time to get directly involved. Most do not.

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