Blogger Abagond wrote about embattled Journalist Charlie Rose who was once highly respected in the news. However, in 2017 and 2018, he was accused of sexual harassment by at least 30 women. It’s well worth the read, especially the part that highlights how white privilege played a part in the lack of coverage and punishment.
White privilege: Unlike Bill Cosby, New York magazine did not show his 35 accusers on their cover, even though they have 35 chairs. Unlike R. Kelly, Lifetime did not show a “Surviving Charlie” documentary. Unlike Michael Jackson, Oprah did not interview his accusers. Why is that?
True, none of his accusers were underage. But the same is true of Cosby.
True, Rose worked in the news media itself. Gayle King, for example, is still friends with him. She was a fellow host on “CBS This Morning” – and is Oprah’s best friend. But the #MeToo scandals of most other White men have been equally low-key. Kevin Spacey was in court the other day and it barely made the news.
Media firestorms have been reserved mainly for Black men, whether dead or alive (Cosby, Kelly, Jackson), and for White men with political enemies (Brett Kavanaugh, Roy Moore, Donald Trump). But while Cosby and Kelly have been arrested and disgraced, Kavanaugh was put on the Supreme Court and Trump was made president.
It has always been thus. Think back to slave times.
Here’s most of my response:
I started wondering about this myself. It seems like black celebrities are under more scrutiny than white celebrities for the same kind of crimes. They’re also more likely to suffer damaging repercussions, and have TV specials and “documentaries” that condemn them.
Will we see any documentaries about Donald Trump, Elvis Presley, David Bowie, Charlie Rose, Bryan Singer, Mario Batali, Louis C.K., Kevin Spacey, Charles Dickens or any other famous white person past or present that condemns their (supposed) actions and/or gives a voice to the victims? It doesn’t look like it.
I remember watching a documentary about Adolf Hitler’s medical history where it theorizes that he may have had Parkinson’s which may have played a part to Germany losing the war. That special had a sympathetic angle making the views feel sorry for him if not make him more fascinating.
Again, it was ADOLF HITLER.
I asked him about the movie Leaving Neverland. He believes it looks more like a “hit piece, not a sincere for truth or facts”. Honestly, I agree with him in that it sounds less and less like an actual documentary that does nothing more than rehashing past allegations without much examinations or evidence at the expense of a man who’s no longer here to defend himself.
To date, there are no reports that dive deep into the accusations, the court cases or the supposed victims. And yet, the film has managed to influence radio stations in a few locations around the world to pull Michael Jackson’s tracks from their playlists and have statues of him removed around the world. The media and public who saw the film instantly absorbed it without hard-hitting questions or important points to consider. (It’s understandable as we want to take the good route and believe victims of abuse through testimony alone.) A few even went so far as to call Jackson’s defenders “stans”, a reference to the Eminem song about an obsessed fan. But they went and believed the accusers as victims based on the intensity of the details described in the film, and are now debating on whether MJ should be cancelled permanently.
HOWEVER, this is not to say that those accusers (Wade Robson and James Safechuck) are lying, and if they are, it doesn’t mean all accusers are lying. Nevertheless, the director should’ve realized how race and gender orientation would play into this. He failed at doing that. Overall, it sounded more like another tune from the soundtrack of white victimhood at the hands of a black brute with no room for complexity, which may be harmful for the two men and other similar victims if their stories are genuinely authentic.
Again, I’m NOT saying that the two men are lying, but it’s draining how black celebrity crimes are major stories in the news media as opposed to white celebrities accused of the same crimes or worse crimes and are likely given lesser punishments or no punishment at all!
With that said, don’t get your hopes up for any documentaries or TV specials interviewing the victims of famous white guys. Oh wait! There is one called “Untouchable” that premiered alongside Neverland, and it centered on former movie mogul and accused serial rapist Harvey Weinstein and the allegations levied against him. But that has quietly become an afterthought. It didn’t have nearly as much press as Neverland. In fact, it hardly got any. I wonder why?
The lesson here is that even though much of the media is left wing, it’s still should be heavily questioned just like how it questions right wing media. And like right wing media, not everything they say should be taken at face value. Basing your thought processes based on absolutes, whether you’re liberal or conservative, is a good way to set yourself up for mistakes and misconceptions. It’s okay to not be consistent in every case, have different views as opposed to the majority of others and to ask important questions that may not sit well with those hardwired with their ideals. I guess that’s where critical thinking comes in.
On that note, I’m going on a short hiatus, because I admit, this whole mess is stressful, disappointing and downright depressing. I’ll have to wrestle with this whole matter as I continuously update this blog post.
Lord, help us!