In October 2017, Anthony Rapp comes forward with allegations of sexual misconduct (not abuse) that Kevin Spacey allegedly had towards him at a party over 30 years prior, in 1986. Although Spacey’s response was very poor, to say the least, over the next two days, Netflix decided to remove him from House of Cards (resulting in a completely horrible last season), the Academy decided to no longer award him a special Emmy and his MasterClass video courses were taken off. Anthony Rapp provided not a single shred of evidence or witnesses. Absolutely nothing was proved. Everyone in the mainstream media decided to conviently forget about the ‘innocent until proven guilty’ dictum and move forward with a new form of #metoo era justice that instead relies on another dogma: believe the victim.
Why would one believe anyone, whether victim or perpetrator, without proof, investigation, deduction, reasoning or trial is something many a non-mentally disabled person has been asking (Jordan Peterson comes to mind). The reasoning, I believe lies in political philosophy and goes much deeper than the #metoo movement.
Many other people were quickly sentenced by the public opinion and their employers after baseless accusations, the most recent of which is, I believe, Jay Asher, the author of “Thirteen Reasons Why”, who has since filed a defaimation lawsuit. But the more severe behaviour is in people being called to account and having to apologise for merely criticising #metoo. No views or opinions other than total endorsement are tolerated, Winston. It is hence, no surprise that more intense critics started using the term “fascism”.
Something similar with what we’ve seen above was pushed in September 2018, however, with a different outcome. In the case of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the victim, dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who remained silent for more than three decades, decided to come forward a suspiciously short time before his confirmation to the Supreme Court. That this was not a political move to block the nomination of a conservative judge was very hard to believe even by the most naive reader. Since neither the FBI nor the Senate Judiciary Committee found any substantial evidence (as is always the case with these allegations), Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed as a Supreme Court Judge. Public opinion does not dictate over state institutions in such a manner. For now.
The most recent and maybe the most controversial such case now is that surrounding Michael Jackson and the “Leaving Neverland” documentary. I do not want to insist upon the details of his lawsuits and other allegations, but I would like note that, according to The New York Times, several radio stations across the world started pulling him music from the playlists. This brings into question the very powerful and debatable notion of whether we should separate the artist from the art, which is not at all clear and needs to be thoroughly considered from a philosophical standpoint. Especially since, again, nothing was proven about the artist in question and all the surrounding judgement comes from emotional heavy wrappings of shallow and quaestionable aspects presented in a way that all but guarantees the public opinion will be swayed.
The #metoo movement perfectly aligns with the dogmatic left’s marxist narrative of the oppressors versus the oppressed. Seeing it cannot fully manipulate the complex practices and state institution of the judiciary, the movement decided it can bypass it altogether and assume itself the role of judge, jury, and executioner. And it seems to be working.