Each week, I think, ‘Maybe there won’t be enough news of men doing terrible, awful, stupid things, and we’ll skip SFTG.’ Yet here we are with stories of abuse of power, Nazis, and that human shit stain Matt Lauer.
The big story this week is Matt Lauer, the Today host who is accused of abusing his power to proposition younger women who worked under him. After being abruptly fired from NBC, the stories of his victims began to hit the press, including:
*Gifting a sex toy to a colleague and including “an explicit note about how he wanted to use it on her.”
*Calling a female employee to his office, unceremoniously exposing his genitals, and “After the employee declined to do anything, visibly shaken, he reprimanded her for not engaging in a sexual act.”
*Playing “Fuck, Marry, Kill” all wrong by using it as a means to demean his female co-workers.
*”He was known for making lewd comments verbally or over text messages.”
*”He couldn’t sleep around town with celebrities or on the road with random people, because he’s Matt Lauer and he’s married. So he’d have to do it within his stable, where he exerted power, and he knew people wouldn’t ever complain.”
*”He later told colleagues how his wife had accompanied him to the London Olympics because she didn’t trust him to travel alone.”
*And then there is that fucking button:
His office was in a secluded space, and he had a button under his desk that allowed him to lock his door from the inside without getting up. This afforded him the assurance of privacy. It allowed him to welcome female employees and initiate inappropriate contact while knowing nobody could walk in on him, according to two women who were sexually harassed by Lauer.(Variety)
Worst of all: In 2001, Lauer allegedly ordered a female employee to his office, locked the door (it is not mentioned if by the button), and sexually assaulted her. “She told The Times that she passed out and had to be taken to a nurse. She said that she felt helpless because she didn’t want to lose her job, and that she didn’t report the encounter at the time because she felt ashamed.” (NYT)
Variety also points out the sheer insanity that Lauer, as the top talent on one of America’s most popular morning news programs, was responsible for covering allegations of sexual misconduct against other powerful men. Here’s what he said when speaking to Bill O’Reilly about the Fox News star’s victims:
“Think about those … women and what they did. They came forward and filed complaints against the biggest star at the network they worked at. Think about how intimidating that must have been. Doesn’t that tell you how strongly they felt about you?”
Emphasis ours, because can you believe this motherfucker?!?!!?!
Lauer has offered an apology, which some are calling sincere. As someone who grew up watching him on Today, I call it a crock of shit. (Pajiba)
Reminder: Lauer threw his weight around to get Ann Curry kicked off of Today, and looked positively smug as she wept through her farewell. (New York)
An SNL sketch where the reporters report on their own sexual misconduct and firings but they don't know it until live prompter— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) November 29, 2017
Though he’s apparently super sorry, Lauer still wants $30 million from NBC, despite being fired for gross sexual misconduct. That’d fulfill the remainder of his contract’s salary. (Page Six)
In an unexpected bit of consequences, Lauer might lose the ownership of his New Zealand farm, because the bylaws demand owners “must continue to be of good character.” (Deadline)
Geraldo Rivera thinks this whole thing is overblown.
Sad about @MLauer great guy, highly skilled & empathetic w guests & a real gentleman to my family & me. News is a flirty business & it seems like current epidemic of #SexHarassmentAllegations may be criminalizing courtship & conflating it w predation. What about #GarrisonKeillor?— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) November 29, 2017
This issue is so red hot right now there is no room for any thought or opinion but hang em high. If News wasn’t (formerly) a flirty biz then how do we explain so many newsroom courtships that have led to happy marriages?— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) November 29, 2017
You might be surprised that Rivera thinks the news is a “flirty” business. Bette Midler is not, as she shared her story of Rivera’s sexual assault on her back in 1991.
Tomorrow is my birthday. I feel like this video was a gift from the universe to me. Geraldo may have apologized for his tweets supporting Matt Lauer, but he has yet to apologize for this. #MeToo pic.twitter.com/TkcolFWfA2— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) November 30, 2017
In response, Rivera pulled the “I don’t remember it that way” in his apology.
Although I recall the time @BetteMidler has alluded to much differently than she, that does not change the fact that she has a right to speak out & demand an apology from me, for in the very least, publically embarrassing her all those years ago. Bette, I apologize.— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) December 1, 2017
After multiple accusations of sexual harassment (including nonconsensual touching and forcible kissing), Andrew Kreisberg has been fired from his role as executive producer of four CW shows: Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl. (Variety)
Celebrated screenwriter Jenny Lumet has come forward and accused producer Russell Simmons of sexually violating her in 1994. Simmons has announced he is stepping down from his businesses to “commit myself to continuing my personal growth, spiritual learning and above all to listening.” (THR)
Simmons has previously been included in accusations of sexual misconduct made against director Brett Ratner. (THR)
Accomplished playwright and producer Israel Horovitz has been accused of sexual misconduct by nine women, including one who recounts how he forcibly kissed her when she was a 16-year-old girl coping with her mother’s impending death. (NYT)
Horovitz is the father of Beastie Boys’ Adam Horovitz, who has offered the following statement: “I believe the allegations against my father are true, and I stand behind the women that made them.” (HuffPo)
Justin Huff, a Broadway casting director, has been fired from Telsey + Company over accusations of sexual misconduct. (Variety)
We previously reported Pixar and Walt Disney Animation CEO John Lasseter is on a six-month sabbatical after a history sexual misconduct has been unearthed. The emerging details are repulsive and infuriating:
One former Pixar executive described Lasseter’s obsession with the young character actresses who played “fairies” as part of a Tinker Bell-themed product line. “He was inappropriate with the fairies,” the former executive said, noting that Lasseter’s behavior often included physical contact and hugs, and that one employee became a designated escort for Lasseter after Disney flew them out for a event in New York. “We had to have someone make sure he wasn’t alone with them.”
Meaning Disney damn well knew about Lasseter’s behavior and covered for him. (Deadline)
Adam Venit is accused of groping Terry Crews in front of the burly actor’s wife. Because of the accusation, Venit was suspended from his job at William Morris Endeavor, but has now returned to their offices. (THR)
Crews is not happy about this.
SOMEONE GOT A PASS https://t.co/yLPwpWGtT8— terrycrews (@terrycrews) November 27, 2017
As Oscar season heats up, Gary Oldman seems a contender with his transformative performance in Darkest Hour. However, Ira Madison III notes that the storied actor has a “dark past,” which includes allegations of domestic abuse committed in front of his crying children. (The Daily Beast)
A special fuck you to whoever put up this sign:
My favorite Bible story is definitely the one about Jesus terrorizing teen girls at the mall pic.twitter.com/bwXEhrK6dn— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) November 30, 2017
Remember the “Nazi sympathizer” who told the New York Times how “chill” Hitler was? He and his wife have been fired from 571 Grill & Draft House over the article. “We felt it necessary to fully sever the relationship with them in hopes to protect our 20 other employees from the verbal and social media threats being made from individuals all over the country, and as far as Australia. We neither encourage nor support any forms of hate within our establishment,” the owners said. (WaPo)
But Nazis stick together. So, Tony and Maria Hovater have already made $8,000 on their Goyfundme page. And no, that’s not a typo: “The crowdfunding site’s name is an alt-right play on GoFundMe.”
Whenever someone tells you it’s suspicious that women don’t come forward about rape sooner, send them this link. (NY POST)
This is a lot to take in. So today, let’s end with a bit of comedy. What if alleged pedophile Woody Allen’s adopted daughter/third wife Soon-Yi Previn did stand-up?