Tuesday, 11 November 2014

What We Can Learn From Jian Ghomeshi

Originally posted October 27, 2014.

 Looks like Canada got it's biggest sex scandal in a loooong time. Over the weekend, I watched Twitter like a hawk for everything that was happening surrounded the Jian Ghomeshi scandal. Long story short: CBC fired the Q host, and an hour later Jian posted his own statement about his sex life. In a nutshell, he claims CBC fired him because of his sex life and preference for BDSM (think 50 Shades of Grey). He claims that everything he has done has been with consent. However, four women have come forward stating that the sexual acts were not consensual. Whether the acts were done with or without consent is one thing. However, it has been very interesting watching the uproar and backlash. And with every good scandal, a lot of celebrities and personalities have been showing their ass through social media.
Case in point, Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party. Tweets began pouring in about how she supported a potential rapist. She has since backtracked and apologized, but the damage was done, and she looked like quite the idiot. It seems obvious, but you should always always ALWAYS read the whole story before commenting about it. And even if this is your friend you're defending, you probably should avoid defending someone who has these types of allegations levelled against them. #TeamJian was trending on Twitter earlier. People are still tweeting their support for the host, despite the front page article in the Star today. As far as I'm concerned, the allegations didn't come from nothing, and this is far from the first time Ghomeshi has had rumours surrounding him. Regardless of whether he did assault these women or not, supporting a potential rapist never looks good - and your best bet is to probably remain silent until you know the facts (as much as you can). And I never liked him anyway.

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