I’ve been calling bullshit on sexual harassment for years now but this case is a doozy. Not only has CBC host Jian Ghomeshi been accused of harassment in the workplace, he’s been accused of beating the shit out of women at home (I come in around 3:00).
The victims say he punches them in the face totally out of the blue. He seems to be implying it’s just kinky sex. I hate having to defend the CBC or anyone who works there but here’s the deal: If someone hits you in the face, call the police. I don’t care how embarrassing it is. If your boss hits on you and makes you uncomfortable, quit or make it known to other employees. Don’t sue him. Getting money for a sexual act is called prostitution. We already have laws in place to protect us. We don’t need separate rules for the workplace. It’s like these trials that happen at college to decide rape. Why aren’t the police involved? What is this, an Indian reservation? Shall we implement Sharia Law next?
As far as Ghomeshi goes, the normal route to take is to charge the CBC with the crime of allowing this guy to hit on his employees. I love the idea of making the CBC suffer but demanding all employers magically create an environment where no woman can possibly feel uncomfortable is a slippery slope into an Orwellian society.
His sex life is his own business. We’ve all met women who want to be hate fucked. Louis CK talks about how disturbed he is by women who insist he fake rape them. If this isn’t that, take it up with the police immediately. As we’ve seen in Ferguson, the court of public opinion can be a lynch mob.
Freedom means you have to give everyone the benefit of the doubt. Even if they make your skin crawl.