That phrase comes from an episode of “Sports Night,” one of my all-time favorite sitcoms, that coincidentally also deals with sexual assault. The people in this case who are doing a big thing badly are Keith Olbermann and Michael Moore with regard to the rape accusations against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. They are so convinced that they are right and feminists are wrong that they have gone so far as to release the names of Assange’s accusers.
As progressive men, they should know better. Assault victims’ names should NEVER, EVER be released to the public under any circumstances. At the very least it makes their lives a living hell, because their attackers’ friends harass them constantly, and in some cases, if the man they are accusing is famous enough, it can put their lives in physical danger.
Sady Doyle at Tiger Beatdown has a passionate indictment of Olbermann and Moore here: #MooreandMe: Four Days Outside the Tower. I’m Scared. I’m Tired. I’m Crying. And I Won’t Stop.
Everyone, even feminists, can agree that the vigorous pursuit of Assange is suspicious and likely politically motivated. However, it is possible to talk about that without bringing his accusers into the fray. They made a report to police, but it certainly wasn’t their decision to have Assange arrested and extradicted. I don’t know whether Assange is guilty, but I do know the accusations against him are more serious than many in the media are portraying.
What’s really hurtful and disappointing is I would expect this kind of behavior from misogynists. But Olbermann and Moore are supposed to be on our side. I have no doubt they would be if the accusations had been made against a conservative icon. So why doesn’t their support include when progressive figureheads are involved? They are ignoring the Twitter protest feminists have come up with to point out where they have misstepped in reporting this case.
If this is the kind of treatment they can expect from their allies, is it any wonder so many rape victims never come forward?