In an interview on Ireland’s The Late Late Show, Liam Neeson described the Me Too Movement as “a little bit of a witch hunt ” and, within the spirit of precise witch hunts, Twitter needs to dunk him in a pond and see if he floats.
When requested by the present’s host, Ryan Tubridy, to elaborate on his depiction of the motion dedicated to serving to survivors of sexual violence, the actor cited Garrison Keillor’s latest dismissal from Minnesota Public Radio for example of somebody unfairly affected by ladies coming collectively to call names. “There are some famous people being suddenly accused of touching some girl’s knee, or something, and then suddenly they’ve been dropped from their program,” Neeson stated. Keillor has been accused of inappropriate conduct by somebody who labored with him. He approached an Associated Press reporter hours earlier than MPR introduced their plans to fireside him, not solely breaking the information however defending himself. His accusations are distinctive as a result of neither MPR nor the lady talked about have shared specifics concerning the a number of allegations which leaves just one aspect of the story being advised – his personal.
Neeson then commented on the accusations towards Dustin Hoffman, particularly these made by actress Kathryn Rossetter, who stated that Hoffman groped her throughout “almost every show” within the 1984 Broadway manufacturing of Death By a Salesman. That isn’t the one accusation levied towards the actor. He has additionally been accused of exposing himself to a minor, sexual harassment, and sexually assaulting three ladies.
Neeson’s retelling of each of the lads’s accusations diminishes the problem at hand. He praises their work and, within the case of Keillor, leaves no room for the opposite aspect of the story. When talking about Hoffman, he stated, “When you’re doing a play and you’re with your family, other actors, you do silly things.” Neeson makes a passing assumption that Hoffman may need continued the conduct out of a theater custom of “superstition.” Silly issues? Women have had their experiences and opinions decreased or placated by the phrase “silly” for too lengthy. Assault isn’t foolish. Groping isn’t foolish. Unprofessional conduct of any variety isn’t foolish. He then minimized the inappropriate conduct, calling it “childhood stuff.”
Neeson’s affirmation bias was, unsurprisingly, not properly acquired.
Without skipping a beat, Twitter made it clear that the motion was something however a witch hunt.
The #MeToo motion isn’t a witch hunt. At greatest, it’s a public warlock tagging program.
— Jennifer Wright (@JenAshleyWright) January 13, 2018
One commentor identified that most of the males accused had been subjected to far lighter penalties for his or her actions, in the event that they face penalties in any respect. “Woody Allen remains to be making motion pictures, Dustin Hoffman remains to be making motion pictures, Harvey Winestein is not in jail, James Franco simply gained a Critics Choice Award,” they wrote. The tweet continues by illustrating that the ramifications for ladies, whether or not they got here ahead or not, outweigh the results the accusations have had on males. “What’s a witch hunt is women who lost their jobs, opportunities, housing, and lives for not letting men cop a feel.”
Woody Allen remains to be making motion pictures, Dustin Hoffman remains to be making motion pictures, Harvey Weinstein is not in jail, James Franco simply gained a critics alternative award.
What’s a witch hunt is ladies who misplaced their jobs, alternatives, housing, and lives for not letting a person cop a really feel.
— Jade (@JadeBurnam) January 13, 2018
Writer and political commentator Keith Olbermann made an excellent level. Neeson’s retelling of Garrison Keillor’s story was solely acknowledging the attitude of Keillor.
“A bit of a witch hunt” – and worse, his stand was for Garrison Keillor, whose story he advised in nice element with out ever mentioning (or maybe understanding) that model was solely the one Keillor advised.
Also cease making the identical rattling film yearly. https://t.co/PEqT7d45nT
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) January 13, 2018
Twitter was all too fast to jokingly touch upon the dearth of similarities between the Me Too motion and the witch hunts that really occurred in European and early American historical past. If nobody will get dunked in a pond, is it actually a witch hunt?
Whenever the #metoo marketing campaign is described as a ‘witch hunt’ I’m like: YOU USED TO DUNK US IN WATER TO SEE IF WE HAD MAGICAL WITCHY POWERS AND IF WE FLOATED THEN YOU KILLED US ANYWAY BECAUSE WE WERE FEMALES WHO OWNED CATS AND CRIED ONCE. YOU WANT A WITCH HUNT?! IT CAN BE ARRANGED
— Nicola Thorp (@nicolathorp_) January 13, 2018
all these males saying it’s a “witch hunt” and but we haven’t been allowed to throw any of them in a pond
— Abby Tomlinson (@twcuddleston) January 13, 2018
Also, there may be this humorous technicality:
It’s not a witch hunt as a result of boy witches are referred to as warlocks
— 🍷 Byx ☕️ (@MissByx) January 13, 2018
Now that actions like Me Too and Time’s Up have gained important momentum, folks have been making an attempt to discredit them and people who have come ahead. If there may be doubt, then the magnitude of the issue may be questioned moderately than addressed.
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