As more men in news, politics, and entertainment are being implicated and derided — and, in some cases, fired — not everyone is happy about the widening net capturing all those accused of sexual harassment. While women seem to be coming out of the woodwork with #MeToo confirmations, and as some — such as Emily Lindin, founder of the Unslut Project — say they are unconcerned for innocent men falsely accused, actress Kirstie Alley isn’t buying into it. The actress took to Twitter to express her disapproval of what she views as a “shoot first, ask questions later” approach to dealing with those alleged to have committed sexual impropriety.
First, on the other side of the aisle from Alley, Lindin’s indifference regarding the wrongly accused is actually worse than it may appear: she isn’t just a nutjob feminist; she’s also a nutjob columnist for the leftist indoctrination service for young girls known as Teen Vogue.
Lindin tweeted on November 21st:
"Here's an unpopular opinion: I'm actually not at all concerned about innocent men losing their jobs over false sexual assault/harassment allegations."
Left-wing Lindin further explained herself, contending, “False allegations VERY rarely happen, so even bringing it up borders on a derailment tactic. It’s a microscopic risk in comparison to the issue at hand (worldwide, systemic oppression of half the population).” She also stated, “If some innocent men’s reputations have to take a hit in the process of undoing the patriarchy, that is a price I am absolutely willing to pay.”
The internet wasn’t impressed:
Emotions are running high over the issue, and it's no wonder -- in the midst of the present firestorm of sexual harassment debate and exposure, several high-profile men have lost their jobs: film producer Harvey Weinstein, MSNBC Senior Political Analyst Mark Halperin, Today Show co-host Matt Lauer, NBC Senior Vice President of Booking, News, and Entertainment Matt Zimmerman, CBS television journalist Charlie Rose, NPR News Executive Mike Oreskes, NPR Chief News Editor David Sweeney, comedian Louis C.K. (whose Netflix special and new movie were shelved, and who was cut loose from HBO and FX), actor Kevin Spacey (who was cut from an upcoming movie and fired from his hit show House of Cards), and Minnesota Public Radio’s Garrison Keillor.
Just after the firing of Lauer, actress Kirstie Alley went to Twitter with anger over what she obviously believes to be a state of extremes:
“What the hell is happening? We now live in a country where people lose their jobs when accused of something without proof or trial or in some cases w anonymous accusers? Can't confront your accuser? This is bullshit. And IT HURTS THE REAL VICTIMS of abuse. AND innocent people.”
Alley made clear that, despite the timing, her comment wasn't aimed at Matt Lauer's situation specifically:
"I may be mistaken (I'm not) I don't believe I've ever mentioned Matt L. in ANY tweet EVER.. another example of MISDUPLICATION run a muck."
What of the veracity of all the charges? As Indiewire points out, “Louis C.K. is one of the only accused men to admit the harassment claims against him are true.” Nonetheless, among actresses, Alley seems mostly alone in her vocal outrage. Many actresses are either speaking out against the permissive system in which harassment occurs, or naming accusers of their own. Those include Blake Lively, Ashley Judd, Olivia Munn, Rose McGowan, Natasha Henstridge, and Uma Thurman.
Kirstie Alley, who, though a Democrat is by no means a radical left-winger, doesn't want to see those informally indicted punished for crimes they didn't commit. Even, apparently, if the accused are straight, white males. Not many female voices in Hollywood seem to be echoing the sentiment, but it's nice to see at least one actress speaking out for -- not just women -- but justice.