Dear NBC: You’ve Been Protecting Sex Abusers for Too Long...
Dear virtue-signaling imposters:
You have a rape culture problem on your dirty hands. Who would've thunk, after two years of mocking the entire idea of "rape culture," I'd be clucking my tongue at you all? For wantonly engaging the very culture your leftist shills regularly screeched. It's no longer a mystery why so many leftist women in the entertainment industry decried it. Worse, your network actively covered up for serial sexual abusers in your ranks.
Matt Lauer is but the latest handsy gremlin to creep female staffers and co-hosts in your now tainted halls. Before I run through a sordid history of fostering a rape culture environment, let me first define "rape culture." Again, something I never thought would be required: an environment allowing sexual predators not only to survive, but thrive. Lest a feminist whale scream at me that all of America is a rape culture, no. The rest of America is horrified by the behavior we're witnessing in entertainment and politics. Our intolerance of such abhorrent behavior is why the mighty falls of Lauer, Charlie Rose, etc. make the news.
Lauer is not the first sexual deviant NBC has shielded with a golden fleece. I wish I could say with certainty he would be the last. But let's look at recent history. There's a list of people you've enabled. Ready?
Matt Lauer: As already stated, Lauer is perhaps the most notable creep to have received the red carpet treatment from NBC. According to this article, Lauer has boinked female staff members in his NBC office, employing his desk button to lock his office door. Not unlike a cackling Bond villain. Other allegations against Lauer include him sending female employees sex toys (with notes on how he'd like to use them on women), to exposing his likely tiny pecker to the ladies. Romantic. How was he allowed to behave like Bill Clinton's younger protege? With this kind of long-running behavior, I can only assume he was protected from on high.
Harvey Weinstein: Ronan Farrow, who was one of the journalists to break a story on The Nightmare on Potted Plant Street, works for NBC. He took his story on Weinstein to The New Yorker. When asked by his peers "Hey, you work for NBC, why did you break this story via The New Yorker?" Ronan answered: "You'll have to ask NBC. I tried giving them the story first." Not to sound like a tin-hat wearing conspiracy theorist, but seems like y'all didn't want the Weinstein story. One may speculate you passed on the story because: a) Harvey is your pal and you've protected him for years; b) those who live in glass houses should not throw potted plants crusted with jizz; c) some other nefarious reason my limited imagination cannot comprehend.
Access Hollywood: We all know the infamous "Grab them by the pussy" comment from our now President. And we all focused on who said it: Donald Trump spoke the words freely. They weren't lines fed to him by a script-writer or NBC producer. But NBC allowed Trump a show despite comments hinting at sexual harassment/assault. Billy Bush, remember, laughed when Trump talked (or bragged) about his supposed exploits. Hardly a "safe space" for working women, no? Almost seems as if Trump's words were hardly new around the NBC lot. Nothing was apparently done about it at the time. So what other conclusion am I to draw?
Bill Cosby: "The Cosby Show" aired for 8 seasons on your network, NBC. Cosby used to be known for this family friendly show which re-invigorated sitcoms for lucrative years to come. Raking in hundreds of millions of dollars for NBC. Making Cosby a veritable cash cow for your network. It could be argued "The Cosby Show's" success fostered a successful environment for other sitcoms to follow. Like Friends and my favorite sitcom, Fraiser. Both headlining shows for "Must see TV."
If I were a betting woman, I'd wager Bill Cosby was acting inappropriately during his eight years at your network. Simply because predators like him have a long running history, not isolated incidents. If I'm right, then not only did you know about Cosby's exploits, you either looked the other way, or actively covered up his actions (after all, ca-ching).
Those are but four examples I can readily name. But 2017 ain't over yet. If rumor has it, your network is paddling up caca creek using nothing but a picnic spoon.
Just heard insane story about NBC interoffice video call re: Lauer. Suspect things are going to get even worse for NBC.— Phil Kerpen (@Phil Kerpen)1512054788.0
Things are going to get worse because you, the overlords at NBC, allowed it to be. Believing your own little self-made, dare I say it, "patriarchy" would never crumble to a day of reckoning. A rather troubling miscalculation.
The peacock's chickens are coming home to roost. The Weinstein Effect is a watershed moment, finally exposing your heinous treatment of your staff, all for ratings and cash. Which come to think of it, essentially makes your organization nothing but a collection of pimps, selling out expendable staffers as if they're nothing to you but useless whores.
Hopefully you saved all the money you made from your successful golden years. Your days are finally numbered.