Keepin’ it classy, Newsweek: America’s “Garden of D***s” the fault of …
Who’s to blame for sexual harassment and assault scandals in Hollywood, the mainstream media, and corporate America that goes back decades, according to Newsweek? Hint: It’s not someone with any connection to either the media or corporate America, and only a passing connection to Hollywood. It doesn’t take a loudmouth Irishman to guess Donald Trump, even without the hints. Nina Burleigh writes that American men have a “Garden of Dicks” in their minds, and that its leader is the current president:
Powerful men in Hollywood, politics, journalism and many other fields are being pilloried, sacked or jailed for piggish or even criminal behavior toward women.
To understand how this bonfire started, we must speak frankly about the Garden of Dicks, a mythical place in the caveman lobe of the male brain. Like that other primeval paradise, the Garden of Eden, men have tried for millennia to create it here on Earth.
The Garden of Dicks is a Hooters. It’s an NFL locker room. It’s the Vatican. It’s the Rolling Stones’ private jet. It’s Harvey Weinstein’s suite at the Tribeca Grand Hotel.
It’s a top modeling agency in New York City run by a man who, after years of preying on his models, was disgraced for having sex with underage girls. He excused himself by saying, “I’m a man, and I have urges.”
It’s also Fox News, Burleigh notes fairly, as well as a number of other places, going on in a similar vein for several paragraphs. She then lays this at the feet (so to speak) of Trump and the people who voted for him:
Trump’s victory in November was an insult to all the women who had accused him of sexual assault or harassment and been called liars. It was also a nightmare made flesh for the millions of women who heard echoes in Trump’s degrading remarks about women of the harassment or assaults they’ve endured. Many called his triumph a repudiation of feminism. And yet, a year after his ascension, his pungent brand of misogyny is besieged. For the first time in history, powerful men in a multitude of fields are being smacked off their perches because of their rapacity, while women all over the world are finally speaking out.
You know who we don’t hear much about in this Garden of Dicks? Bill Clinton. Bill Clinton won office twice while facing complaints about his own behavior, including some women (Juanita Broaddrick and Kathleen Willey) who claimed he’d assaulted them, and another (Paula Jones) who claimed he’d come close to doing so. The only mention Burleigh makes of Clinton is that he was caught “seducing an intern in 1996,” but then only to juxtapose it with another allegation against Trump. Burleigh doesn’t even note that Clinton committed perjury in a deposition in the Jones case and ended up losing his law license over it in an attempt to get out from under Jones’ lawsuit for harassment and defamation. We also never hear about Clinton’s escapades with Jeffrey Epstein, who was later prosecuted for underage prostitution.
You know who else we don’t hear about at all? Hillary Clinton, who attacked her husband’s accusers while claiming that all women should be believed. She invented the “vast right-wing conspiracy” argument to rebut the fact that Clinton had been “seducing an intern” at all, and to this day keeps applying the same double standard when it comes to sexual harassment and assault. And while Burleigh mentions Harvey Weinstein a number of times, she never gets around to discussing his two-decade connections to both Bill and Hillary Clinton, including during their White House years.
Have women accused Trump of harassing behavior? Yes, and they have the right to pursue those claims and to have them tested. Let those chips fall where they may. But one big reason that the “Garden of Dicks” lasted this long was that feminists gave the Clintons a two-decade pass on their bad behavior, and still do to this day. He was useful to them in other ways, so most of then threw his victims under the bus and protected both Clintons, a habit which Burleigh continues to indulge in this rant at Newsweek, which is fast becoming Hot Take Weekly.
And for that matter, that may well be why it took this long to rip the scab off of Hollywood, too. Is it a coincidence that Weinstein’s power extended into politics, specifically with the Clintons, while he threatened his victims with shaming and smearing if they came forward? Weinstein poured money into the Democratic Party and its causes, which might have made him a little too valuable to the Left to expose. Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Brett Ratner, and others made sure to cover themselves with enough liberal virtue-signaling to keep their reputations from being challenged. Where is that in the Garden of Dicks? And where is the media’s responsibility in maintaining it?
You have to love the castration theme Newsweek adopts for Burleigh’s cover story, too. Classy.