If Joe Biden actually retains sufficient marbles to acquire the democratic nomination for President, a proposition appearing increasingly dicey, we can be sure that the #MeToo movement, feminists and the refrain “believe all women” will pass through even more hypocrisy than the self-righteous trio has already, which is, when you think about it, astounding. One would have thought that the longest-running of the alliance, the feminists, had already, as Will Parker sang in “Oklahoma!,” “gone about as fer as they can go” when they continued to cheer Bill Clinton after (and during) Monica Madness, and go on to anoint his enabler, Hillary Clinton, as the Coming Thing.
As I tried to point out on NPR in 2018, getting me blackballed for daring to explain a real phenomenon that could be used to benefit a President my hostess hates, whether or not sexual harassment or sexual assault is “unwelcome” and whether a particular woman should be believed often—let’s make that too often—depends on whether the man being accused is someone the Left doesn’t like or not. Unfortunately, this pervasive hypocrisy has undermined the credibility of such accusations, allowing the real predators who #Me Too should be squeezing out from under their rocks into the daylight to benefit from public cynicism.
This brings us back to Joe Biden, and his outspoken and none-too bright fan girl feminist, Alyssa Milano. She’s the washed-up TV star on the left above, not letting men regard her as a sex object.
Next to her, ironically enough, is outcast Harvey Weinstein rape victim (I believe her), Rose McGowan, who has become the most relentless #MeToo Fury on Hollywood Twitter, frequently calling out the phonies in her former profession. This week McGowan unloaded on Milano for joining Hollywood and the mainstream news media in pulling their metaphorical wagons around Biden after a former staffer accused him of aggravated sexual assault involving Joe’s finger, executed many years ago when Joe was considerably more spry, and still knew his fingers from his toes. As you probably have noticed, the news media’s coverage of this story, save for Fox News, has been less than thorough.
Gee, I wonder why that would be? I’m pretty sure it isn’t because Biden’s accuser’s name sounds like that of one of the stars of “Sharknado.”
“You are a fraud,” McGowan, 46, tweeted to Milano “This is about holding the media accountable. You go after Trump & Kavanaugh saying Believe Victims, you are a lie. You have always been a lie. The corrupt DNC is in on the smear job of Tara Reade, so are you. SHAME.”
Milano ducked the attack, but she really does deserve to be the poster-woman/child for #MeToo dishonesty.
Tara Reade, who worked at Biden’s Senate Office in 1993, accused Biden earlier this month of inappropriately touching her without consent multiple times. “He just had me up against the wall,” Reade alleged in an emotional interview with Katie Halper. “His hands were on me and underneath my clothes, and then he went down my skirt, but up inside it.” Ew.
This was an interesting test for Joe, who in the course of his pandering to whatever groups he thought he needed to finally get a Presidential nomination had said that all women who make such accusations should be believed. It was an especially interesting test since women who make such accusations against serial harassers like Biden, whose apparent belief that all women exist for him to kiss, hug, sniff and fondle without their consent is a matter of photographic record, make such accusations a bit more than just “she said/he said.”
Joe, as we all knew he would, flunked that test. Biden’s Deputy Campaign Manager and Communications Director, Kate Bedingfield, delivered the official response to Reade’s allegations, saying, “Women have the right to tell their story, and reporters have an obligation to rigorously vet those claims. We encourage them to do so, because these accusations are false.” This reduced “believe all women” to “investigate the claims of all women,” a much fairer and more reasonable policy (ethical, even) that feminists and #MeToo-ers—like Alyssa Milano! Hillary Clinton! Joe Biden!—had previously rejected.
Milano, for example, had instantly “believed” Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s late-hit accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, because all women should be believed, but mostly because he was a conservative jurist nominated to the Supreme Court by a President that her party, her community, and her mob detested.
The same September day in 2018 when Ford revealed in The Washington Post that she had suddenly recalled an unsuccessful sexual assault by a still-juvenile Kavanaugh at a prep school party that nobody, including her, could place in time or space, Milano tweeted, “I stand in solidarity with Christine Blasey Ford. #MeToo.” Ten days later, she wore a “Believe Women” sash at a D.C. protest.
Ah, but you see this woman–and a weaker and more suspicious accusation it would be difficult to imagine—was attacking someone Milano opposed politically as well as chromosomally. Joe Biden, however, whom she has endorsed as the best chance to remove the human contagion from the White House, warranted a more nuanced approach, or as Ralph Kramden used to say when trapped, “Huminahuminahumina..”
“I did my work and I spoke to Times Up and I just don’t feel comfortable throwing away a decent man that I have known for 15 years in this time of complete chaos without there being a thorough investigation. I am sure that mainstream media would be jumping all over this as well if they found more evidence. I sent the MeToo tweet over two years ago and I never thought it would be something that was going to destroy innocent men. We don’t want that to happen either. So we have to find this balanced in the Believe Women movement and also giving men their due process and realizing we are destroying lives if we publicly don’t go through the right steps in order to find out if an accusation is credible or not.”
A few final comments:
- “Believe all women” is, and always has been, anti-male bigotry and anti-due process crap. “Believe all women when they accuse Republicans and conservatives,” also known as “The Anita Hill Variation,” is worse.
- “I am sure that mainstream media would be jumping all over this as well if they found more evidence.” Right. I’m sure, Alyssa.
- Reade’s accusation is suspicious for many of the same reasons Blasy-Ford’s were, though her story is a lot more credible (and Joe wasn’t a teenager, when the alleged assault occurred). However, Biden ought to be judged by the standard he was willing to impose on others.
- There is no reason under the stars why Milano’s opinion about anything should matter or be any more persuasive than the rants of random beauty parlor patron, but such is the brain-melting distortion wrought by celebrity and social media.
- No movement that looks to the likes of this actress for wisdom and leadership deserves to be taken seriously.