I swear, 2017 is the year we all ended up in a really weird episode of Black Mirror:
State Rep. Ed Henry lashed out at Roy Moore’s accusers and Republicans who said the U.S. Senate candidate should back out of the special election in an interview Thursday evening with The Times.
Henry said he believes legal action should be considered against Moore’s accusers, finding their story unbelievable.
“If they believe this man is predatory, they are guilty of allowing him to exist for 40 years. I think someone should prosecute and go after them. You can’t be a victim 40 years later, in my opinion,” Henry said.
From The Hollywood Reporter:
The New York Times about Louis C.K.’s behavior are disturbing,” a spokesperson for the streamer said in a statement Friday. “Louis’s unprofessional and inappropriate behavior with female colleagues has led us to decide not to produce a second stand-up special, as had been planned.”
In a report published Thursday, five different women accused C.K. of misconduct and claimed that he either masturbated in front of them or asked to do so. C.K. has yet to comment on the allegations.
In the wake of the New York Times expose, his controversial new movie I Love You Daddy, in which he wrote, stars in and directed, was dropped by distribution company The Orchard one week ahead of its planned Nov. 17 release. HBO has also cut ties with C.K., dropping him from an upcoming star-studded stand-up special and removing his previous stand-up specials and series from its on-demand services. Meanwhile, FX, where C.K. has a massive overall deal, says the situation is “under review.”
I have no idea if the tweet above is real or satire. I can no longer make that distinction when it comes to politics nor religion. Poe’s law is the rule of the land now. But whether or not that tweet is real, the sentiment surely is given the excuses that are coming out of the GOP at the moment:
An Alabama state official on Thursday dismissed a Washington Post report alleging that GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore had initiated a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl decades ago, saying there was an age gap between the biblical Joseph and Mary. The Post also alleged that Moore had pursued three others when they were between the ages of 16 and 18 and he was in his early 30s.
“Take Joseph and Mary. Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. They became parents of Jesus,” Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler told The Washington Examiner. “There’s just nothing immoral or illegal here. Maybe just a little bit unusual.”
In the Bible, Mary is the mother of Jesus, and Joseph became her husband. Beliefs about the specific story of Joseph and Mary and Jesus’ birth vary widely in Christian history and across traditions. Mary is referred to in scripture as a virgin, but there is disagreement about what that means. Generally, however, Christians believe that Mary was a virgin when he was born. Joseph is usually referred to as Jesus’ “father” or a father figure.
The Bible does not state Mary and Joseph’s specific ages, but she is usually understood to be a teenager, and Joseph was an adult.
Roy Moore is a terrible human being who is part of a party that is more than happy to embrace terrible human beings and is led by a truly terrible human being. Thus, he will act like a terrible human being who will refuse to step aside no matter how much evidence comes out. I’m not expecting too many republicans to do more than say “they’re troubled” and then try to ignore it so they can pick up that seat. This is how it works now. And the White House knows it:
The White House reacted Friday to a series of sexual misconduct allegations leveled against Republican Senate candidate Judge Roy Moore, saying that President Donald Trump believes if they are proven true then Moore should “step aside.”
“Like most Americans, the president believes we cannot allow a mere allegation, in this case one from many years ago, to destroy a person’s life,” press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters on Air Force One en route to Da Nang, Vietnam. “However, the president also believes that if these allegations are true, Judge Moore will do the right thing and step aside.”
Moore has vehemently denied allegations reported by The Washington Post from four separate women, including one who accused Moore of engaging in sexual activity with her when she was just 14 years old in the late 1970s.