Tag Archives: MeToo

Netflix’s New Anti-Harassment Rules Prohibit Employees from Looking at Each Other for More than Five Seconds

Netflix recently re-vamped workplace rules for their employees, adding on some pretty difficult to follow anti-harassment policies. Under those new policies, employees cannot look at each other for more than five seconds and according to the Sun, if you feel bothered by a co-worker, you should shout “Stop! Don’t do that again!”

Also inappropriate: asking for another co-workers phone number, lingering hugs or touching for prolonged periods of time, flirting and asking someone out on a date more than once.

In a statement to the Independent, Netflix said  “We’re proud of the anti-harassment training we offer to our productions. We want every Netflix production to be a safe and respectful working environment. We believe the resources we offer empower people on our sets to speak up, and shouldn’t be trivialized.”

That’s great, but some of these are pretty ridiculous and hard to follow. Who counts the number of seconds you look at someone? What if you are filming something for Netflix and you can’t look at your actors for more than five seconds? How are you going to be able to do your job and follow that rule?

It’s also kind of silly to encourage employees to start shouting at each other on the job. I think a firm response to negative behavior is probably a better one and people are smart enough to know what to do without having to have company rules to tell them so.

And what happens if you need a co-workers phone number for work reasons? Has no one from Netflix ever had to call their boss at home to say they’d be out sick the next day? It’s unrealistic to prohibit employees to exchange numbers for non-dating purposes.

This is probably something a lawyer told them they needed to have in place in the wake of the #MeToo movement and people have a right to feel comfortable in the workplace, but some of these rules are just too silly to take seriously.

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Candace Owens, TPUSA Facing Backlash After Her #MeToo Tweets

Following a scathing set of tweets against the #MeToo movement, Turning Point USA’s Communications Director Candace Owens is facing a lot of heat from both sides of the aisle.

In case you missed it, here’s what Owens said and it’s victim shaming at its finest.

In fact, the American Conservative Coalition has pulled their sponsorship of Turning Point USA’s Young Women’s Leadership Summit, which begins in a few days.

Kimberly Corban, a rape survivor and outspoken 2A advocate, is also speaking at the same conference and has a very different take on the movement.

Many others also criticized Owens for her hot take on the movement.

Things got really interesting when Cameron Wallace, creative director for Lone Conservatives, chimed in.

 

TPUSA Executive Director and founder Charlie Kirk has not weighed in and Owens has said she will not apologize for her insensitive comments. In fact, she’s planning to say even more at the conference during her session.

That might be a mistake. TPUSA has quickly become a huge platform for reaching conservative college students and no doubt many of those young ladies have been sexually harassed, assaulted or even become victims of rape. Allowing someone who is so insensitive and dismissive of their feelings and the movement that has given them courage to speak out about abuse to be a voice for your organization is a risky move and alienates the very people you are trying to reach.

The #MeToo movement like all movements, has its flaws, but overall, it’s been positive for women. There’s a big difference between encouraging women to be aware of their surroundings and victim blaming.

Candace Owens is guilty of the later and it’s not a good look for her or TPUSA.

 

Hillary Clinton Protected Campaign Adviser Accused of Sexual Harassment

The New York Times is reporting that in 2008, a senior adviser to the Clinton presidential campaign was kept on staff despite sexual harassment accusations against him from another campaign staffer.

Burns Strider served as Clinton’s spiritual adviser, but despite urging from other staff members, was not removed from his position per Clinton’s request. Instead, he was docked several weeks pay and sent to counseling. The staffer accusing Strider of repeated sexual harassment was moved to a different job on the campaign.

From the article in the New York Times:

Those familiar with the accounts said that, over the years, a number of advisers urged Mrs. Clinton to sever ties with Mr. Strider, and people familiar with what took place did not want to see Mrs. Clinton blamed for the misconduct of men she was close to.

Strider never completed his counseling and in 2016 was again accused of harassment and was fired from Correct the Record, a PAC formed to support Clinton’s second presidential campaign.

Clinton campaign staffers including the young woman accusing Strider have not publicly commented on the matter (until now) as all were required to sign a NDA which barred employees from publicly discussing internal dynamics within the Clinton campaign.

Today, Hillary tried to smooth things over with these two tweets.

Anyone familiar with the Clinton’s history shouldn’t be surprised by these revelations. Bill Clinton has been accused of rape and sexual harassment nearly his whole life. And when the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke, Lena Dunham claimed she warned the Clinton campaign in 2016 that he Weinstein was a rapist and they ignored it.

Wonder if Clinton supporters, in light of this new revelation and with the timing of the #MeToo movement, will still be with her?

-K

 

Feminist Turn on Margaret Atwood

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard about the Handmaid’s Tale – a classic book written by acclaimed author Margaret Atwood and turned in to an award-winning TV show by Hulu.

Over the past year, feminists have been using the show as a cautionary tale of what America is becoming at the hands of conservative men who just won’t stay out of their uteri. Some have even staged protests, dressed as handmaids from the show.

 

But now, in the wake of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movement, Atwood has had some very sane things to say about due process. In her op-ed in Sunday’s Globe and Mail, Atwood, she states:

My fundamental position is that women are human beings, with the full range of saintly and demonic behaviours this entails, including criminal ones. They’re not angels, incapable of wrongdoing. If they were, we wouldn’t need a legal system.

Nor do I believe that women are children, incapable of agency or of making moral decisions. If they were, we’re back to the 19th century, and women should not own property, have credit cards, have access to higher education, control their own reproduction or vote.

Furthermore, I believe that in order to have civil and human rights for women there have to be civil and human rights, period, including the right to fundamental justice, just as for women to have the vote, there has to be a vote.

Then goes on to talk about her support of due process because of some claims made against a Professor in British Columbia:

A fair-minded person would now withhold judgment as to guilt until the report and the evidence are available for us to see. We are grownups: We can make up our own minds, one way or the other. The signatories of the UBC Accountable letter have always taken this position. My critics have not, because they have already made up their minds.

…they are just feeding into the very old narrative that holds women to be incapable of fairness or of considered judgment, and they are giving the opponents of women yet another reason to deny them positions of decision-making in the world.

A common sense approach to the situation, but feminists weren’t having it, torching one of their idols because she wouldn’t fall in line with the rest of their hive mindedness.

Always an interesting time when feminists decide to turn on their own, especially when it’s someone so revered in the movement at Atwood.

-K

Golden Globes: Politically Charged, As Usual

As to be expected, last night’s Golden Globes were nothing short of a social justice warrior melting pot. The actors and actresses all wore black in solidarity with the “Times Up” movement.

Except for this woman, that is. Blanca Blanco wore a revealing red number and got raked over the coals for not conforming and standing with the movement. From Fox News:

“It hurts my feelings, but I guess its part of being in our industry,” said Blanco. “We have people who appreciate you and others that don’t. The designer Atria Couture did an amazing job with my dress and I appreciate them for dressing me.” She added, “Shaming is part of the problem.”

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Then there was Connie Britton. She decided to take things a little further with her messaging and wore a black sweater with “Poverty is Sexist” embroidered on it.

Ironically, the sweater costs almost $400.

Seems like that $400 could have been better spent helping someone in need, Connie. Maybe you should put your money where your mouth is?

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Natalie Portman, when presenting the award for best director, called out the Golden Globes for the lack of females nominated in the category.

 

Surprisingly, the show was light on Trump jokes, although Seth Meyers got a few in. Pointing to Seth Rogen,  Myers said “Remember when he was the guy making trouble with North Korea?” and later on joked  about how the president would probably hate the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, because it contains three words he despises so much. “The only name that could make him angrier is the Hillary Mexico Salad Association,” Meyers said.

This biggest dig though, was introducing the head of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and welcomed “president who actually is a stable genius.” and she later marveled at the association’s ability to actually elect a woman.

In Oprah’s extremely long acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille award, she droned on about how the press is under siege and thanked them for uncovering “absolute truth that keeps us from turning a blind eye to corruption and to injustice. To—to tyrants and victims, and secrets and lies. I want to say that I value the press more than ever before as we try to navigate these complicated times, which brings me to this: what I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have.”

But wait, didn’t Oprah endorse Hillary Clinton?? What about the corruption there?

So as you can see, not much new in Hollywood. Same old out of touch elitists who think they’re so much smarter and more “woke” than the rest of us. And honestly, to hear all those actresses discussing the #MeToo movement – it seemed insincere – if the New York Times hadn’t broke that story about Harvey Weinstein they’d probably all be sitting there, applauding him and covering up 20+ years of abuse.

-K