A pattern has emerged amid the handsy hurricane which recently gripped the nation. It’s a two-parter. Part one: celebrities can’t keep their hands to themselves. Part two: many fellow celebrities have looked the other way. Or, heard rumors and chose not to say anything. Or, just assumed that things were going on. We saw it with Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein. Turns out it’s no different with Mario Batali, who was accused of the bad touch by at least four different women.
One celebrity chef, Ton Colicchio, wasn’t surprised.
And no one should be surprised https://t.co/DCLvDzNYwO
— Tom Colicchio (@tomcolicchio) December 11, 2017
What did he know and when did he know it? Colicchio has published an open letter to male chefs, so it sounds like he knew a little something something.
Well now. Inquiring minds want to know. And they aren’t amused.
Statements like "no one should be surprised" sound an awful lot like a lot of people knew and chose not to intervene…. no one should stand by silent
— Logan Wilber (@FaceForRadioNYC) December 11, 2017
This is another common and disturbing part of the pattern. Everyone always knows, or isn’t surprised.
— Deena (@Dlstoke) December 11, 2017
That statement screams complacency and why the problem still exists. Time for those that stand around watching to speak up and say enough at the time you see it happening. Silence is consent.
— Lisa (@trumpsablowhard) December 11, 2017
Did you know about it, Tom? Why didn't you say anything?
— M.A. Barrett (@MABarrettWrites) December 11, 2017
If no one should be surprised, fucking say something next time. https://t.co/8m9EbydLND
— Joe Berkowitz (@JoeBerkowitz) December 11, 2017
Maybe Colicchio was the source who originally tipped off Eater. He could have been told things in confidence. Or, maybe he just hates Batali.
But I can’t be alone in noticing, in most cases, the accused colleagues aren’t surprised the accused was accused. I also can’t help but notice that most of them play on the left (see Dear Hollywood: Your Reaction to Weinstein Proves You’re Disgusting, Amoral Hypocrites), and are the ones accusing the rest of us of rape culture.
Quick suggestion: maybe clean up your own houses first.
And speaking of the restaurant industry…