Since the beginning of human history, sexual assault and sexual harassment has been the norm. Especially by powerful men who use sex as a tool against female subordinates or women who lack power. In our era, the balance is starting to tip against the men who use sex as a weapon, but not without the brave women who have come forward.
The new movie, Bombshell, tells the story of Fox News sexual harassment scandal from the perspective of the women who broke the scandal and stopped the harassment in it’s tracks. Megyn Kelly (Charlize Theron) and Gretchen Carlson (Nicole Kidman) are the headliners. Kayla Pospisil (Margot Robbie) is the newbie. Rumors of sexual indiscretions against the female staff by the late Roger Ailes (John Lithgow) have been floating around for years, but have not been verified.
The women must make a choice. Do they speak up and lose their jobs? Or do they stay silent and let the toxic atmosphere remain?
This movie is incredibly timely and at times, incredibly uncomfortable. But, I suppose, that is point of this film. Lithgow, as Ailes, is creepy, but not overtly so and not in the first few minutes of the audience meeting him. It is that initial lack of creepiness that makes the audience think that maybe he is not so bad.
If there is anyone to give kudos to, it is the makeup and hair teams. At first glance, one would not know the difference between the really Megyn Kelly and Charlize Theron in character. The resemblance is uncanny.
But, if this film has one flaw, it is that the slow burn is too slow. Anyone who watches the news knows how the movie ends. But it takes a little too much time for the filmmakers to get to that point.
There is a shameful history of blackface in American culture.
Earlier this week, Megyn Kelly made some rather controversial comments in regards to blackface when it comes to dressing up for Halloween.
As of earlier today, her show is likely cancelled and her contract with NBC is likely to be nullified.
I am not African-American, but I am a part of a minority group. The pain of being stereotyped and dehumanized for someone else’s entertainment when you do not have the power to respond and/or protest is a feeling that I would wish on no one.
While I would not wish anyone to be fired from their job, in this case, I believe that cancelling the show and firing it’s star is the right way to go. Racism and discrimination in 2018 should be a thing of the past. Unfortunately, Megyn Kelly’s comments proved that once again, both are alive and well in America.
If the Republican debate last week could be defined as a circus act, than Donald Trump was the clown.
Moderated by Fox News journalist Megyn Kelly, she threw out tough questions as any moderator would at a Presidential hopeful debate.
While most of the candidates took her questions seriously, billionaire Donald Trump accused her of menstruating.
Historically speaking, menstruation has been used as an excuse by men to exclude women from many spheres within society.
His fellow candidates took Mr. Trump to task for his comments.
Unfortunately, their criticism of his comments are just for show.
The Republicans claim that they want to bring in more women voters into the fold. Many women (myself included) have historically voted for the Democratic party.
If the Republican party truly wants to bring in more women to their side of the aisle, I have a recommendation for them: stop interfering in our business. Let us make our decisions regarding our bodies and our healthcare. Do not repeal Obamacare. Let Planned Parenthood be. Respect our decisions, especially when and if we choose to have abortions. If your son or your daughter reveals that he or she is gay, just love them because they are your child. And for G-d sakes, put into place gun laws that actually work.
Donald Trump’s remarks may have been crude and disrespectful. But they are also representative of the belief of many Republicans, who still believe that we live in another decade.