Powerful men ready to laugh about systemic abuses of power again

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John Shafthauer

The Harvey Weinstein scandal has shown that people in positions of power have not been taking abuses of power seriously. But just because powerful men made light of the issue, that doesn’t mean that different powerful men shouldn’t now make light of the issue, right?

Or does it?

Money talks

The following is a transcription of an overheard conversation between a powerful man and his golf caddy:

POWERFUL MAN: This Harvey Weinstein affair is depressing.

CADDY: Because it’s revealed that many major industries have been protecting high level abusers? Or because it’s now achingly apparent that most women have experienced abuse on some level?

POWERFUL MAN: Yes, the second one! Because now they won’t stop going on about it!

CADDY: Err… that’s not what I was-

POWERFUL MAN: I mean, come on, ladies. We’ve all seen the ‘Me Too’ hashtag now. Haven’t you put us through enough already?

CADDY: I thought there were some moving accounts actually.

POWERFUL MAN: Christ, I never actually clicked on it. But I knew I was supposed to. And that was stressful enough. 

CADDY: Okay… but surely you see how it’s worse for-

POWERFUL MAN: I just feel like we need to get back to how things were. When people didn’t talk about these things. When we were all happier. Or at the very least pretending to be happier.

CADDY: I think women want to feel like we’re taking it seriously. And – you know – for us to actually take it seriously. And sort it out.

POWERFUL MAN: I know! Why don’t we make jokes about it? That’ll cheer us all up. I’ve got one – KNOCK KNOCK!

CADDY: Err… who’s there?

POWERFUL MAN: IT’S ME, HARVEY WEINSTEIN, AND I’M HERE TO COMMIT A SERIOUS, SEXUAL ASSAULT! AH-HA! HA HA HA! AH-HA HA HA HA! AH-HA HA HA HA HA!

The best medicine

The powerful man kept on laughing like that whenever anyone brought the issue up.

Because some people refuse to see the funny side of things.

And you shouldn’t have to stop doing something you enjoy just because people ask you to stop – just because it’s causing them pain.

Harvey Weinstein certainly didn’t.

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