The Reckoning, and the justice #Metoo deserves.
Full discloser, I’m not exactly happy today — actually I’m pretty angry.
Angry because I felt that this time around, nearing the end of 2018; there would be a chance, that there would be justice.
I’m angry because the case against Harvey Weinstein seems to be crumbling, and it feels as though he might not be serving time behind bars for his horrific crimes.
I’m angry because after all the noise, he might just walk free.
Will it be the same for him? I don’t know.
Is it fair to the many victims? No.
The only silver lining, I guess I can see now — is that maybe, just maybe;
The upcoming documentary covering the issue of Predatory Behaviour within Hollywood and within circles of power, The Reckoning may bring some poetic justice.
I’m angry because I had to listen to Sarah Silverman justify Louis C.K.’s behaviour as though it was a walk in the park, just another day at the office.
I’m angry because we keep talking about how Louis “has paid for his sins” or “was punished too hard”; I’m not convinced.
I won’t decline him a comeback, but he’s shown no remorse nor has he redeemed himself through penance.
In fact, from my understanding — Louis C.K. has avoided to talk about the issue completely.
And that’s really what hurts the most, not admitting any wrong doing and having his “comedy” buddies pretending like it’s all okay?
I got nothing against forgiveness, and I got nothing against redemption.
Yet pretending like it’s all okay, isn’t fair — it’s not fair to the victims, Sarah Silverman.
Yes, it feels like I’m attacking Sarah Silverman — when maybe her intentions really were to just defend her friend, but it didn’t sound to me that way.
She was humanising his behaviour, even going as far as to say it was completely fine when he pleasured himself in front of her; since she had nothing to gain from it — they were equals.
“We are peers. We are equals. When we were kids, and he asked if he could masturbate in front of me, sometimes I’d go, Fuck yeah I want to see that!”
“Comics don’t like being told what to do…” (In Regards to Louis C.K. aggressing the issue)
“It’s not analogous to the other women that are talking about what he did to them…He could offer me nothing. We were only just friends.”
“Sometimes I’d go, Fuck YEAH! I want to see that.”
Alright, Sarah Silverman was fine with it — doesn’t mean the victims were.
And by saying “he could offer me nothing”, is just another blow to the victims.
The fuck did they have to gain from seeing Louis C.K. masturbate in front of them?
None of the victims that came out and spoke against Louis C.K.’s behaviour have attempted to do so to boost their career, and neither did seeing Louis jerk off in front of them.
It was never a career move by the victims, it was a power move by Louis C.K.
The victims didn’t “just play along”, to advance their career or had anything to gain from it.
Let’s not pretend like it was ever okay for him to do that, regardless of whether there was anything to be gained or not.
It’s the text book definition of sexual harassment to whip one’s genitals out and behaviour in an inappropriate manner.
So don’t make it sound like it was ever okay, just because “You” Sarah Silverman were comfortable undressing in front of Louis C.K. and then running down in an elevator completely in the nude because it was exhilarating .
It just perpetuates the very behaviour, so many victims are condoning and bring awareness to.
Yet, Sarah Silverman talked about it like it was no big-deal.
Much like the Hollywood Actors, who made a decent career out of Harvey Weinstein so they just kept their mouth shut.
People suffered, it was horrific — and before we even get to talking about giving predators are a second chance, there needs to be remorse, and there needs to be a show of genuine redemption.
Most of all there needs to be justice.
Until then, in my opinion — we don’t get to talk about “making a comeback”.
We don’t chuck recovered drug-addicts back out into a heroin den to check if they’ll fall back into temptation.
We make sure they’ve truly recovered and have made amends for their actions.
Until then, they stay the course to being rehabilitated. It’s how the system should work.
The victims won’t get their life back, and it’s unfair to ask that Louis or Harvey should.
Downplaying or dismissing the bravery of the victims that truly started a revolution with the #MeToo Movement is beyond despicable, it’s just another assault to the victims who’ve suffered enough.
Thank you for reading. :)