A Double Standard in Celebrity Treatment and a Hiatus (Come back for re-edits)

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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.

Abagond writes:

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!

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6 thoughts on “A Double Standard in Celebrity Treatment and a Hiatus (Come back for re-edits)

  1. Yes! Thanks for discussing this. I listened to Mrsuperboy on YouTube. He has a new channel called Your World. He said correctly that there’s a witch hunt against Black celebrity men by media and society. He called out the hypocritically racist double standards when it comes to sexual harassment, rape, abuse, and exploitation of women in general. White and other nonblack celebrity men get away scot-free while Black celebrity men such as Bill Cosby, Michael Jackson, Chris Brown, etc., are being crucified by media and society at large. That attitude needs to change.

    Reynagirl14

    1. The mainstream media has decided to instantly believe the accusers without so much as a question or concern about facts. From what I read from most reviews about the film is that it’s “devastating” and that it’s enough to make you not want to listen to MJ ever again.

      As such, radio stations in Canada, the U.K. and New Zealand are pulling MJ tracks from their playlists, statues of him are being removed all over the world and shows dedicated or based on him are being cancelled left and right.

      I’m not only speechless, but also baffled and very saddened by all of this. Furthermore, we won’t see this kind of treatment with white celebrities accused of horrible acts.

      RT talks about how the media responded quickly to the documentary and immediately jump on the “believe the victims” bandwagon:

      https://www.rt.com/news/453285-michael-jackson-children-abuse-debate/

      1. Exactly. I want to see mute Elvis, mute Charlie Sheen, and mute Woody Allen as well. But as you and I know that it will never happen. It’s only with Black male celebrities, we as a society prejudge before giving them fair hearing or hearing both sides of the story. We are quick to accuse them of sexual crimes against women while white men such as Charlie Rose were given the benefit of a doubt. Benefit of a doubt doesn’t extend to Black men.

        Reynagirl14

  2. Preach it! I’m still waiting for all of those White suspects to be jailed but White privilege says everything. It’s like it’s hunting season for against Black men and people in general. Justin Fairfax and though she’s a woman Rep. Ilhan Omar is being attacked. Its making me sick to the point that I’m registering as an Independent voter.

    I’m also disgusted with the Amanda Seales against former NFL Rhode Scholar Myron Rolle. Mind you,she said that some women told her that they were sexually harassed by him but the idea that she participated with the rumor could..and still potentially put an innocent man in prison and ruin his career. That is dangerous. She shouldn’t put his name our if the accusers have not.

    I also hate it when Black people accuse other Black men of being ” hoteps” just because they speak out against people like Amanda. I’m Black ,female, been a victim of a violent crime ( though not rape) and support women’s right’s but also a person who don’t always agree with some of my female peers on some issues. Maybe some men who are on there can be chauvinist but overall just because they are mad with Amanda’s actions doesn’t make them such.

    Several years ago,some former neighbors of mine came close to being thrown in prison because of actions like Amanda’s. In their case,I already knew they were innocent. The accusers timeline didn’t match up. I have brothers and it would bother me if my brothers was treated like this.

    When it comes to certain movements Black women really need to be careful who they pledge their allegiance to. In some cases,it’s not about seeking justice about women but only about White wealthy women and seemingly about hanging/ mocking Black men whether innocent or guilty.

    1. I understand the Me Too movement in trying to give more credibility to victims of sexual crimes, because the fact is society NEVER takes it seriously. Also, I’m sorry that you were a victim.

      It’s said that there are way more victims than what police records indicate. So, Me Too was surely needed. However, fake reports happen, not very much, but it happens. It happened to a friend of an in-law some years back.

      The dangerous part about the movement is its absolutes. Those who are accused of sexual assault, rape or domestic violence are automatically guilty. Most liberals believe there’s no room for nuance or doubt, especially without scorn while most conservatives don’t believe it’s a problem worthy of so much attention.

      I think black men need to be careful in who they align with as well. Times may be better now, but treachery is still around. People will stab you in the back with no remorse. Some will set you up to fail and fail hard.

  3. Thanks for the support.

    I don’t fault Tarana Burke for how Me Too is. I’m just imaging how much better it would be if Rose McGowan celebrity would not have played a roll in it. Ironically, she descended her support for the group because she thought that it was getting out of hand.

    Me Too would be a great organization if they investigated these people ,come out for the common person and Black/ WOC. When I first heard about NOW,I was impressed about their organization ” Women”I thought ” ..that Gloria Steinem was everything but there was a then young African American woman who felt slighted when she was discriminate against…sexually and racially by her workplace. She made a claim to them..twice..never to hear from them.

    Then I would hear my aunt say ” Now don’t help Black women. I thought that she didn’t know what she was talking about. Then as I was looking at the women being serviced,I noticed that most of them didn’t look like me..an African American woman. My ” love affair with NOW” died.

    Though Woman’s March is under a lot scrutiny these days because of one of its leaders,I would support them a little more than Me Too. They seemed to be doing the work and investigating problems of the common woman..plus they are a multiracial organization..a plus for me . When it comes to understatnding the sensitivities of every woman ( thinking about Chaka..lol!) this is what Me Too needs to do.

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