From the BBC:
US goalkeeper Hope Solo has accused former Fifa president Sepp Blatter of sexual harassment.
The World Cup winner, 36, says the incident happened at the 2013 Ballon d’Or awards, before she went on stage to present an award.
In an interview with Portugal newspaper Expresso, Solo – who has 202 caps – said: “I had Sepp Blatter grab my ass.”
Seriously, in the midst of a giant moral panic like this, it’s worth remembering that some innocent men and many no-more-guilty-than-average men are likely to be unfairly persecuted.
On the other hand, I’m struck by what a high percentage of the names in the news so far are extremely … expected. Harvey Weinstein? Kevin Spacey? Brett Ratner? Louis C.K.? And now …
Seth Blatter Grabbed Hope Solo’s Ass
These are mostly guys who were already notorious as terrible jerks.
OK, I admit I was a little surprised by the George H.W. Bush Shocking Revelations, but I presume that’s the senility talking, that Bush the Elder behaved in a more gentlemanly, self-controlled fashion in, say, 1990 on the runway with Margaret Thatcher while discussing Saddam. The Democrats were always trying back in the day to claim that Bush the Elder had a mistress, but the woman they pointed to wasn’t talking and, anyway, if she was sleeping with Bush, she seemed like she would have been a pretty wise choice for the job of Discreet Vice Presidential Mistress and thus reflected rather well on the Republican candidate’s competence at organizing a staff. (Or maybe she was an MI-6 agent? Who knows?)
So part of what’s going on is that journalists are making up lists of low-hanging fruit to go after because they expect a high Return On Investment. As I pointed out when discussing the Los Angeles Times’ investigation into James Toback, even I, mere magazine-reading me, had been aware since the 1970s that Toback shouldn’t be left alone with females under 40. He’s like an ugly Warren Beatty.
Presumably, somebody is currently investigating Warren Beatty. Although judging from the lack of headlines about Beatty so far, the newshounds are having trouble finding aged starlets who told Beatty “No.”
Now, it could turn out that eventually the current sex scandal will produce a genuinely shocking discovery — e.g., that, say, Saving Private Ryan
was concocted by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks as an elaborate excuse to spend Monday-Friday in Normandy so they could conveniently spend their weekends partaking of nearby Belgium’s notorious pedophile prostitution culture. (Please note: I totally made that up. I’m not aware of any rumors to that effect.)
That would be depressing.
But we haven’t gotten close to anything like that yet.