Carnes: The absurdity of ‘some’ accusations surrounding sexual misconduct (column)
November 13, 2017
"Who is less guilty of sexual abuse, Democrats or Republicans?"
What an amazingly stupid question.
"But those are the only two options people seem to consider now that the Weinstein cat has been let out of the Hollywood bag."
Seriously? That's like asking which deity is less real, the one followed by Southern Baptists or Muslims.
"The Muslim one of cour —"
Stop it; digging a deeper hole only increases your shallowness.
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The way I see it right now, anyone connected with the entertainment industry is automatically presumed guilty and anyone connected with the religious industry is automatically presumed innocent.
Sexual abuse is sexual abuse, no debate needed; it is a simple black-or-white issue.
There are no grey areas, no rationalization, no justification for committing such an indefensible act in any way, shape or form — it is morally reprehensible no matter how one might attempt to spin a web of excuses.
And applying broad-brush labels to anyone associated with such heinous acts in an attempt to paint all with similar labels as connected in some way, such as political or religious affiliations, is as idiotic and irresponsible as it is immoral and reckless.
Who are the people doing this each day on social media?
Sexual abuse did not suddenly become a national issue when Bill O'Reilly forked over millions to accusers along with his career or Roger Ailes along with his heartbeat.
Jimmy Swaggart, anyone?
Harvey Weinstein had been allegedly getting away with it for decades.
Is Kevin Spacey guilty?
I don't know. I've always enjoyed his acting abilities but sadly never will again.
This one really stinks because I've long admired his comedic abilities, but now that we know the sexual jokes weren't an act — ewwww.
I remember seeing Bill Cosby at the Lionshead Marriott more than 20 years ago, and he was incredible for a solid two-hour show, but I'll still never eat another Jell-O Pudding Pop.
Face it, those possessing a penis will almost always sadly be presumed guilty, but given our track record, I don't blame society one bit.
And today we have Roy "I did not have sexual relations with that teenager, Mrs. Corfman …" Moore and his bible-thumping supporters pounding every ounce of flesh they can from his accusers in spite of the corroborating evidence.
His religion plays no role, his political affiliation plays no role and the same goes for his skin color, eye color, favorite sports team or sexual preference.
Creepy is creepy, a pervert's a pervert, and abusing another human being sexually will always be wrong, end of story.
Let's just please allow the evidence to prove a crime, not superficial connections.
Richard Carnes, of Edwards, writes weekly. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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