Thad wrote:John Oliver grills Dustin Hoffman over sexual harassment allegations“Do you believe this stuff you read?” Hoffman asked.
“Yes,” Oliver replied. “Because there’s no point in [an accuser] lying.”
“Well, there’s a point in her not bringing it up for 40 years,” Hoffman said.
“Oh Dustin,” Oliver said disapprovingly, putting his head in his hand.
This is a good trend to see (though I imagine John Oliver probably won't be invited back to any film Q&A sessions). Ronan Farrow's spent quite a bit of time (well before he helped break the Weinstein allegations) criticizing journalists who are willing to, for example, sit down for an interview with Woody Allen and just agree they won't talk about his alleged child abuse.
Part of why predators have gotten a pass for so long is that not only have people not spoken up, but sometimes when people do speak up the press agrees just not to talk about it, in exchange for access. I think that's a big part of what happened with Bill Cosby; after the first round of allegations against him quieted down, he got to go back to work and reclaim his position as a beloved elder statesman of comedy. It took another decade before the allegations came back around and ruined his career.
The allegations against Hoffman aren't nearly as bad as the ones against Weinstein, Cosby, or Allen, of course, but they're all part of the same culture. And part of that culture has been a complicit press that's willing to lob softballs at celebrities. What's the expression? When you're a star, they let you do it.
Mongrel wrote:Conyers is out.
And they're turning the screws on Franken, with a steady drumbeat of female Democratic senators calling for his resignation today.
I think he's toast. But if any of you have a Democratic senator who hasn't called for his resignation yet, it couldn't hurt to call or fax and suggest that they do so.
(ETA: Senators on the ethics committee, of course, can't comment while they're conducting the ethics investigation. But any other Democratic senator, including and especially Franken himself, is worth contacting.)