Sexual Harassment – The Retribution Continues … With Matt Lauer

The retribution continues, and it’s likely to go on for a while. Considering any high profile male (or female?) alive (especially those who were adults in the 80’s or even as far as 60’s) are vulnerable to accusations. Sexual harassment is a bad thing, absolutely, and maybe it’s just the manner of reporting, but it does come across like if a victim (usually a woman, based on the news) comes forward with any form of unpleasant male encounter – ranging from crass language to the more serious unwanted sexual intercourse or even rape – their accusations seems to be treated as fact. And the accused is subjected to summary judgement by their employers, and institutions, who handed them awards and recognition based on work done that has no bearing to their private affairs, follow suit and strip them off their merits.

It’s like an immediate membership to a leper colony. I’m in by no means trying to defend the guilty, but what everybody seems to be overlooking here is due process … “innocent before proven guilty” … does it ring a bell? Anyone? And perhaps to look at the circumstance objectively before crucifying anyone. It has become a mob mentality, where the media is the judge, and public opinion the jury. Perhaps if the accused confessed to the allegations, or perhaps the allegations corroborated and proven as facts? It would raise less eyebrows when penalties are handed outside the court. Unfortunately, I’ve only read at most three lawsuits filed against two separate defendants. There are two sides to any story, and this is no different. Some of the alleged victims choose career over justice or meet repeatedly with the accused instead of avoidance or calling the authorities, that’s something to think about. Was there a promise broken? Is it retaliation? Professional envy? Some of the stories reported in the media are downright petty in nature, or was likely taken out of context, or even trivial.

Serious allegations needs to be taken seriously, on both sides. Because there’s always a chance that some people will take advantage. Do people really want to condemn an innocent person? Mob mentality says, “Why not?!” That’s why all these cases need due process! For the protection of both the alleged victim and alleged perpetrator.

But one thing’s for sure, if this trend continues, where judgement is carried out by the mob, this may end up disadvantageous to the alleged and future victims (a.k.a. backlash). Where prospect employers are wary about people they hire, aside from selecting new hires with good character, whether they are potential liabilities.

And is it just punishment to strip someone of their accomplishments gained legitimately because they’ve done something wrong? What’s next, will schools revoke degrees when their alumna is accused of wrong doing?

As an observer, I do hope that they do this right … for everyone’s sake.

As the co-host of NBC’s “Today,” Matt Lauer once gave a colleague a sex toy as a present. It included an explicit note about how he wanted to use it on her, which left her mortified.

On another day, he summoned a different female employee to his office, and then dropped his pants, showing her his penis. After the employee declined to do anything, visibly shaken, he reprimanded her for not engaging in a sexual act.

He would sometimes quiz female producers about who they’d slept with, offering to trade names. And he loved to engage in a crass quiz game with men and women in the office: “f—, marry, or kill,” in which he would identify the female co-hosts that he’d most like to sleep with. —Ramin Setoodeh & Elizabeth Wagmeister/Variety

@AP Coverage: Post-Weinstein, Lauer: A reckoning for fans of fallen heroes

Now this…

“We must sometimes take blame, women,” she said in an interview with Radio Times magazine. “I really do think that. Although it’s awful to say, we can’t make ourselves look as attractive as possible without being knocked down and raped.”

The 92-year-old’s comments were published on Tuesday amid a wave of sexual harassment allegations in Hollywood sparked by New York Times and New Yorker exposes detailing decades of alleged misconduct by disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein.

“There are two sides to this coin,” Lansbury said. “We have to own up to the fact that women, since time immemorial, have gone out of their way to make themselves attractive. And unfortunately it has backfired on us — and this is where we are today.”—Angela Lansbury

 

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