Well I’m over 5500 words into my writing this year. I’m working on book 9 of reading this year which happens to be “Black List” by Brad Thor. I believe it’s book 11 in his series. I’m really enjoying that series. I don’t really care for reading them back to back but I do enjoy reading them.
But I did want to ask a question that I can’t seem to get an answer to.
When do we discount the good people have done?
We have all these men in Hollywood accused of sexual harassment. The latest murmuring turmoil is none other than accusations against Stan Lee. Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey were open secrets… meaning people in the industry and outside the industry knew and made jokes about their predatory natures well before the crap hit the fan. Does an accusation mean we need to just immediately rob a man of his career, his work, his livelihood, his good name?
I mean clearly when there’s evidence in the form of photographs or something, we can be certain of it, but how many accusers is enough?
I have family who want to slam Phil Robertson and the entire family of Duck Dynasty without having seen an episode of the show or reading the context of the interview they object to and yet they proudly sing Michael Jackson songs. For those who don’t know, Jackson was an accused pedophile.
Do we eliminate the good things our forefathers gave us in this country because they didn’t eliminate the atrocity of slavery and some participated in it?
Where is that line? Or is that not a line but is it simply based on where people want to stand on something? In ten years are we still going to care about the things Harvey Weinstein has allegedly done? Or is he going to be lauded for his vision with movies? I mean many people don’t care about what Roman Polanski is accused of even now when he is still “on the lam” as it were. He’s still making movies and winning awards and recognition.
We need to have some standards. How much do accusations count? How many accusers and what level of credibility do they need? Should we treat someone who makes untoward and rude remarks with the same anger and disgust as someone who committed rape?
I mean, I get it. Sexual harassment is bad. I’ve been sexually harassed. Offline, online, in high school. I’ve had creepy guys leer at me in the store. Should I have endured that? In a perfect world, no. This is far from a perfect world though. I’m also not interested in giving a few creeps power over me long term. I happen to know the guy who harassed me in high school went in the army and by all accounts straightened out his crap. It doesn’t make what they did right [the guy in high school got in trouble for it back then].
I see no reason his life should be ruined. In fact, the fact that I was able to go to my high school assistant principal and get help only reassured me that I don’t have to take crap and harassment.
I think we need to take accusations seriously, so don’t get me wrong there. But I think we also need to acknowledge that false accusations do happen [as Duke Lacrosse easily proved] and it can ruin lives. Ruining someone just because they’re a guy and are “probably guilty” is just wrong and frankly sexist. It doesn’t make right indignities women have suffered in any form of fashion.
And there ends my random thoughts for today.