Add One More To The List: Al Franken

When the news broke last month that movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual assault by a number of women, it was only the tip of the iceberg. The newest member of this not so honorable club is Al Franken, Saturday Night Live alumni and current senator from Minnesota.

In 2006, while on a USO tour, Leeann Tweeden accuses Mr. Franken of forcibly kissing her and having a picture taken of them while she slept. The picture is of Mr. Franken pretending to fondle her breasts.

Should Mr. Franken resign from? Honestly, I don’t know. In an ideal world, I would say yes, but considering that an empty seat in the Senate would create an imbalance that would tip in favor of the Republican, I say no.

At least unlike other politicians accused of similar acts (Donald Trump, Roy Moore), Mr. Franken has apologized and promised to make amends. But unlike his predecessors, there is pictorial evidence that is irrefutable.

The problem continues to be that women are still seen as sexual objects without thoughts, feelings and ambitions. Until the day when the concept is eradicated for good, then we will continue to be seen as and treated as sexual objects.

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Filed under Feminism, Politics, Television

2 responses to “Add One More To The List: Al Franken

  1. I don’t have a well formed opinion of Franken’s actions. If he stays in the senate then it will be up to the voters of Minnesota to decide if they still want Franken.
    I don’t think the potential political fallout is a reason for him not to resign.

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  2. I have to admit I’m torn about this. Several of his former cast mates as well as political aides have come out and said not only did they never see behavior like this from him, but that he’s been a steadfast supporter of women’s rights. I’m not excusing what he did to Leeann Tweeden, but if this is the only instance of piggish behavior by Franken, I don’t think he should resign. Let the investigation by the ethics committee play out and if there’s nothing found let him finish his term. If he decides to run again, the voters of Minnesota can decide if he’s redeemed himself.

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