February 5, 2014

Quote of the Day

If you have not read Dylan Farrow's NYTimes accusations against Woody Allen, I envy you; it is deeply disturbing. But I suggest it is necessary to know the extent of depravity that can be forgiven in a wave of a hand by the glitterati of this nation. Jim Geraghty points out that this un-American acceptance of caste is limited to entertainment.

The problem with this set of cultural rules and expectations is that's not us. We never chose to set up our society by those rules; the movers and shakers of Hollywood did. (There aren't many other communities and professions that operate by those rules. Maybe professional and high-level college athletics, although you can argue that's just a sub-set of the entertainment industry.) You don't see accountants saying, "You've got to look the other way on that guy's incestuous pedophilia, because he's really good at adding up those numbers." The other sectors of society seem to grasp the inherent danger of establishing an accountability-free class of super-wealthy hedonistic narcissists. -- Jim Geraghty

I counter -- and intend to contact Mr. Geraghty -- with one other: Democratic politics. Mimi Alford, anybody?

Quote of the Day Posted by John Kranz at February 5, 2014 1:52 PM

Backing off my assertion. (It is easy to cool off when you're walking the dog and it is 0°C.)

Ms. Alford, Ms. Kopechne, and Ms. Lewinski were each over 18. I don't know that that excuses slavery, homicide, and workplace harassment -- but those are different than Woody Allen's and Roman Polanski's crimes.

Posted by: jk at February 5, 2014 3:25 PM

Legal age of consent notwithstanding, the term "accountability-free class of super-wealthy hedonistic narcissists" is tailor made for many lifelong politicians. Including, per Drudge, our 42nd President.

Reflecting on the story I wonder why Ms. Hurley would consent. If personally servicing a POTUS is some sort of empowering achievement, is not refusing his advances an even greater one?

Posted by: johngalt at February 5, 2014 4:47 PM | What do you think? [2]