James Woods seems like a pretty cool guy. A rarity in “progressive” Tinseltown. But, being a non-leftist in a leftist stronghold comes with its share of drama. Amber Tamblyn, talented feminist thespian of The Grudge 2 fame, took a shot at Woods and accused him of trying to pick her up when she was underage. Then got super butthurt when he called her a liar. Yes, really…
It’s no wonder that the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics reported that from 2006 to 2010, 65 percent of sexual assaults went unreported. What’s the point, if you won’t be believed?
On occasion, a comment will seem so misogynistic that I feel compelled to say something.
That happened this past week when a conversation about my friend Armie Hammer’s forthcoming film — in which a 24-year-old and 17-year-old have a relationship — escalated, as things can on Twitter, I guess, into a discussion with the actor James Woods about what is appropriate behavior in terms of an adult dating someone underage. Mr. Woods spoke critically, if flippantly, of the story depicted in the film.
In an instant, I was reminded of a memory from when I was 16. Mr. Woods attempted to pick me and a friend up when we were at Mel’s diner in Hollywood, seeing if we wanted to go to Las Vegas with him that very night. I informed him of my age, to which he said, “Even better.” I told this story publicly as a way to back up the claim that Mr. Woods was, indeed, a hypocrite. Mr. Woods called my account a lie.
What would I get out of accusing this person of such an action, almost 20 years after the fact? Notoriety, power or respect?
There’s an entire industry built on establishing victim status. In fact, in leftist circles, you’ll never earn your bona fides until you claim oppression from the cis-hetero white Christian patriarchy. Once you’re “held down by the man,” you get your lifetime membership to the victimhood club. Good for a free venti non-fat soy mocha latte at all participating Starbucks locations. Also, considering I had to google Amber Tamblyn just to know who she is, I’d say she needs all the attention she can get.
Now, to be fair, we can’t say for certain if James Woods did or didn’t spit some game on a 16-year-old. But, the burden of proof lays on the accuser. If Amber Tamblyn had some photographic evidences or an audio recording of their alleged encounter, we could talk. But, conveniently waiting until twenty years and a bad movie review later to bring the matter up? Sounds suspect to me.
Feminists would love for us to punt due process and skepticism into a dumpster and take them at their word. But, lots of rape accusations turn out to be false. It’s politically incorrect to say so but, sometimes women fake rape stories out of pure spite. Since not all rape claims turn out true, Amber will have to forgive us for not burning the blokes at the stake the moment fingers start pointing. “Innocent until proven guilty” seems like a pretty good system.
Speaking of that: