By Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Times
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Columnist Glenn Whipp remarks, “A year after the birth of the #MeToo movement, much has changed, and nothing has changed.” Whipp explains why.
Los Angeles Times
Louis C.K. has performed sets at the Comedy Cellar. Matt Lauer is taking meetings. Charlie Rose reportedly pitched a show in which he’d interview other men brought down by the #MeToo movement.
These men and many others caught up in allegations of sexual misconduct lost their jobs, their reputations and their privilege.
What most of them haven’t lost is the conviction that they, not the women who decided to no longer suffer in silence, are the real victims and, as such, do not need forgiveness.
In other words, if you’re waiting for them to make an apology, forget it. These men might regret getting caught. But expressing true remorse about the damage they caused isn’t forthcoming.
A year after the birth of the #MeToo movement, much has changed, and nothing has changed. A woman, Christine Blasey Ford, persuasively testified before the nation and the Senate that she had been sexually assaulted by a man nominated to serve on the Supreme Court.
And a senator, in this case Ted Cruz, lamented that the hearing featuring her testimony was “sadly one of the most shameful chapters in the history of the United States Senate.”
The anger and outrage that Judge Brett Kavanaugh displayed during his Senate testimony isn’t far removed from the playbook that powerful men in Hollywood have used this past year. Les Moonves, who stepped down as chairman and CEO of CBS Corp. after a dozen women accused him of sexual assault or sexual misconduct, maintained that the encounters were either consensual or that their nature had been fabricated or exaggerated.
“I recognize that there were times decades ago when I may have made some women uncomfortable by making advances,” Moonves wrote in a statement. “Those were mistakes, and I regret them immensely. But I always understood and respected, and abided by the principle, that ‘no’ means ‘no,’ and I have never misused my position to harm or hinder anyone’s career.”