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Ryan Seacrest responds to accusation of harassment.

Apparently, he has been cleared. So, how do we move on?

Ryan Seacrest has personally penned a column for the Hollywood reporter denying accusations of sexual harassment: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/ryan-seacrest-what-happened-i-was-wrongly-accused-harassment-guest-column-1081933. In it, he stresses that he still supports all the victims coming forward in the #MeToo era but that he has been cleared of charges by an independent investigation.

"Famous person accused of horrible behavior" has become almost a daily headline for months now. Seacrest is attempting to tell the story from the point of the accused. He makes some good points:

"Most of us agree that the presumption of innocence is an important standard. We are taught early on that it’s essential to see all sides, to give everyone a chance to explain and to check for exculpatory evidence that may have been missed. At a time when improper interactions between men and women, particularly in the workplace, are part of a national conversation, we must find a way to ensure that everyone — the public, private and public institutions, accusers and alleged accused — is given the opportunity for a swift and fair review."

The "#MeToo movement" has experienced a bit of a backlash lately. Partly because a flood of outraged women have added every single remark or grievance to the more serious accusations of actual harassment and even assault. It's one thing to have a reckoning for Harvey Weinstein after several actresses have accused him of rape, but quite another to publicly shame Azia Asnari for apparently being an aggressive jerk.

Ryan Seacrest isn't the first to point out the concept of "innocent until proven guilty." A lot of people think the movement has gone too far. Furthermore, the suggestion that we "believe all women" is just preposterous.

I don't know what, if anything, Ryan Seacrest is guilty of. I'm glad to know that there is still a process for the accused to mount a defense. But despite the backlash, there are still a lot of women with years of pent up anger and frustration. Many of them have good cause.

There has to be some reasonable middle ground between everyone looking away as powerful men harass and assault women and ruining a career and reputation based on the word of one woman. It will probably take us a long time to reach it.

There is also going to be a backlash on the employment front. It may not be right, but it is guaranteed to happen. I saw a recent poll that backed it up. Some men are going to be more reluctant to hire women and work in close contact with them for fear of being falsely accused. If there are two candidates who are equal, some may opt for the man because they aren't as fearful of that situation occurring. That could be the tie-breaker. It isn't right, but that doesn't mean that it won't happen. We should exercise caution in convicting anyone in public opinion without getting some facts first. Every woman cannot be believed any more than any man can. Liars and false accusers span both genders, just like abusers and assaulters do. Each allegation must be heard and weighted on its own merits. I have dated a girl or two in the past that would be willing to make a false accusation for revenge or to get ahead. I have not been the victim of that, but they had it in them to do it.

"Many of them have good cause. " Absolutely, but many are just jumping on a bandwagon, and that makes it all a waste of time because it gets hard to sort things out when there have been so many gold diggers jumping on the bandwagon for a bunch of bad reasons, like getting themselves on the cover of a magazine. Taylor Swift comes to mind. How does her actions help any valid concern? She wrecked a man's career who never did anything, for that one reason, in her quest to out do some other "Pop" star.

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