This raises the disturbing question of why anyone in their right mind is influenced by such celebrities. Presumably it is mostly those who are even more limited intellectually than the celebrity in question, or, in this case, big fans of “Who’s the Boss?”
Milano’s guest column in Deadline explaining why the #MeToo shill still supports Joe Biden is signature significance for someone who desperately needed to get a better education, or at least read a lot more before trying to “explain” anything, much less hang out a virtual shingle as an opinion-maker.
She outs herself as a victim of the Dunning-Kruger Effect right off the bat (I miss baseball). There’s no need to read on after this becomes obvious, by the third paragraph of her essay:
“As an activist, it can be very easy to develop a black and white view of the world: things are clearly wrong or clearly right. Harvey Weinstein’s decades of rape were clearly wrong. Donald Trump’s alleged sexual assaults were clearly wrong. Brett Kavanaugh’s actions, told consistently over decades by his victim (and supported by her polygraph results), were clearly wrong. So were Matt Lauer’s, Bill Cosby’s and so many others. As we started holding politicians and business leaders and celebrities around the world accountable for their actions, it was easy to sort things into their respective buckets: this is wrong, this is right. Holding people accountable for their actions was not only right, it was just. Except it’s not always so easy, and living in the gray areas is something we’re trying to figure out in the world of social media. But here’s something social media doesn’t afford us–nuance. The world is gray. And as uncomfortable as that makes people, gray is where the real change happens. Black and white is easy… Gray is where the conversations which continue to swirl around powerful men get started…. It’s not up to women to admonish or absolve perpetrators, or be regarded as complicit when we don’t denounce them. Nothing makes this clearer than the women who are still supporting Joe Biden even with these accusations. Hillary Clinton, Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams, Amy Klobuchar, Nancy Pelosi, and Elizabeth Warren have all endorsed Biden and like me, continue to support him…. This is the shitty position we are in as women…. Believing women was never about ‘Believe all women no matter what they say,’ it was about changing the culture of NOT believing women by default…. I hope you’ll meet me in the gray to talk and to help us both find the way out.”
Wait..what? Obviously—well, “obviously” if you know what the words you are using mean—“Donald Trump’s alleged sexual assaults” are not “clearly wrong,” because they are alleged and unproven, so we don’t know if they occurred. If they didn’t occur as claimed, they aren’t “clearly wrong.”
What is clearly wrong is to assume an accusation is fair and accurate because you don’t like the accused or find it convenient to believe the worst about him. That’s bias; that’s clearly wrong. “Brett Kavanaugh’s actions” are also alleged: stating that they occurred, like Milano has, is also clearly wrong for the same reason it is unethical to assume that the accusations against Trump were accurate.
There are two additional problems that an aspiring analyst who deserves to be taken seriously cannot make. Milano falsely states that Blasey- Ford’s account was “told consistently over decades.” What decades would those be? By Blasey-Ford’s own admission, she seems not to have talked about the alleged assault at all for decades until it was “uncovered” in sessions with a couples therapist in 2012. Even at that time, she didn’t name Kavanaugh—I’d call that a material variation with the story she told Congress—and the therapist’s notes from 2012 mentioned four attackers, not two. That was a mistake, the “survivor” said.
Oh. That clears things up.
This means that Milano is writing an opinion about an event she hasn’t researched, which is the watermark of both an amateur and a fool.
Her trusting reference to the polygraph is another tell. Polygraphs are not reliable, because people who are lying can beat them, and because at best they can only suggest whether the subject believes what they are saying, not that that what they are saying is accurate and true. There is also evidence that Blasey-Ford, as a psychologist, has coached others regarding how to take a polygraph, and the test she passed did not conform to the standards of practice. The lie detector test was never emphasized by Kavanaugh’s opponents in the Senate hearings because they realized doing so would make them look desperate and gullible—you know, like Milano.
Got it, Alyssa: you’re an idiot. You don’t know what alleged means, and your definition of gray is ‘accusations against people I Iike and don’t want to be guilty.’ Unproven accusations against people you don’t like and support, in contrast, prove wrongful conduct.
There’s no reason to finish your opinion piece, because you are incapable of critical thought. You are biased and don’t recognize your bias; you are making a clearly illogical argument that a precocious child could deconstruct (and a half-competent lawyer could shred like facial tissue) and don’t realize it. You are so incapable of recognizing your own limitations that you allow your junk to be published, not realizing that it disqualifies you as the persuasive activist you claim to be.
There is enough evidence of nascent intelligence in the article to hint of what might have been, if the actress hadn’t grown up on a set convinced, like most child-stars are, of their magnificence, and had at least acquainted herself with the thought processes of scholars, philosophers, and history’s sages. Unfortunately, Alyssa Milano has spent far more time pondering the words of Aaron Spelling than those of, for instance, Swedish statistician and physician Hans Rosling, at least by listening to his TED talks.
Yes, it’s all very sad. It is still no excuse for social media hacks polluting serious national discussion involving the trustworthiness of our next President.