Monday, October 16, 2017

Jimmy Kimmel is part of the rape culture


Isaiah's THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS "The Weinstein Avoidance" gets to the heart of the issue -- something that CBS' FACE THE NATION was unable to do.

Democratic donor and all around pig Harvey Weinstein assaulted and raped many women in his career -- including Rose McGowan and Lysette Anthony.

Donald Trump Jr., son of President Donald Trump, got in a Twitter to-do two weekends ago with talk show host Jimmy Kimmel over Kimmel's refusal to do jokes about Weinstein.

Kimmel has responded that he's not the national conscience.

He and Donald Trump Jr. both missed the point -- as usual.

He's not supposed to joke about rape.

Yes, Weinstein donated to The Clinton Foundation and to all of Hillary's campaigns (and hosted a birthday party for her where he threatened Nathan Lane).

But that's not the issue.

Jimmy Kimmel took to his late night talk show and used his opening monologue to denounce a shooting and to denounce President Trump's proposed healthcare changes.

It wasn't that he didn't do jokes about rape.

It was that women were assaulted and raped and he didn't speak out.

And, yes, he did set himself up as the voice of America.

His silence on Weinstein is very telling -- and should be called out.

As should those who enable harassment.

That list would include Joseph A. Wulfsohn (MEDIAITE) who typed:

Twitter user Austen Fletcher shared an old clip of Jimmy Kimmel (from The Man Show) playing a game with women on the street where they had to guess what’s in his pants using their hands.
It’s worth noting that the women in the clip voluntarily played this game for a comedy bit, and is not equatable with Weinstein’s actions (despite what some on social media have insinuated).

It's not equatable?

It treated harassment as a joke.

A gross-out show that catered to pigs, it did a bit where women were encouraged to touch and put their lips to Kimmel's crotch.

What message was Kimmel sending his braying viewers with that bit?

Joseph Jackass Wulfsohn doesn't appear to even consider that -- or that the bit falls into what is regularly decried as rape culture.

With his 'comedic' past and his recent sermonizing during monologues, Kimmel had a duty to call out assault and rape.

He failed.

And a masculinist culture let him get away with it.  Brian Stelter and so many others who've positioned themselves as media critics have failed to call him out.

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