I want to start off with a question I’ve been pondering recently. With the #MeToo movement (see Bill Clinton Lashes Out When Questioned on #MeToo, Monica Lewinsky and Bill Maher Blasts Fragile Millennials Over Their #MeToo Extremism) and what seems like the accused are guilty until proven innocent, is the movement social media outrage mob justice? Or are these predatory perverts, and everyone knew what was going on but said nothing? So once news became public, it was easy to throw people under the bus. Like over the weekend with Chris Hardwick, who was disappeared with the ease of a snap of the fingers. Like wearing the Infinity Gauntlet. Or a feminist film festival going through the buffet.
“Glow’s” Marc Maron was asked about the movement, and he says there needs to be a leveling out.
Maron also spoke about the #MeToo movement, touching upon his friend Louis C.K.’s takedown after a New York Times article revealed multiple sexual assault allegations against C.K. “At some point, there has to be a conversation,” Maron said. “There has to be some sort of leveling off that we can communicate, so not everybody, men in particular, are running around terrified of their past or of how to behave. I don’t think that’s going to be helpful to anyone.” Maron noted previously that he confronted C.K. years ago about the claims and was lied to.
“It was just decided,” Maron said of Louis’s fate. “It came down hard, and it came down fast, and it was terrifying,” Maron said.
“Obviously we’re all going to behave a little better,” Maron told THR. “We’re not f***ing stupid.”
So we’re clear, I think there’s been a lot of good that’s come out of the #MeToo movement. The actual movement. Not the CAA PR move for acting as Harvey Weinstein’s pimp. But that doesn’t mean due process goes out the window. Anyone who works on social media knows how quickly the bus backs over you if it’s decided you said or did the wrong thing. Whether you said or did the wrong thing or not.
At the same time, there needs to be more balance. Especially when the accusations get leveled against someone who ISN’T a famous celebrity. And doesn’t have the same resources to clear their name.
Are we going to find common ground on this?