The #MeToo movement had some really good aspects to it, but it’s undeniable that it eventually turned into something of a witch hunt.
Innocent men were being labeled as villains as various women attempted to cash in on the controversy such as Chris Hardwick and Aziz Ansari. Even Superman actor Henry Cavill became a target of the #MeToo movement, and it’s because he said he’s too afraid of approaching a woman for fear of being accused of something.
When the movement finally came to a close and became yesterday’s news, many men could finally breathe easy knowing they wouldn’t be targeted despite their innocence.
Enter Norm MacDonald who made the comment to the Hollywood Reporter that he’s glad the movement has passed because it was getting a bit too brazen with its accusations.
“I’m happy the #MeToo movement has slowed down a little bit,” said MacDonald. “It used to be, “One hundred women can’t be lying.” And then it became, “One woman can’t lie.” And that became, “I believe all women.” And then you’re like, “What?” Like, that Chris Hardwick guy I really thought got the blunt end of the stick there.”
For all intents and purposes, MacDonald is correct. The #MeToo movement started with a very great purpose, and that was to expose the sexual assaults, deviancy, and rape that was occurring in Tinseltown. We heard story after horror story about various well-known actors, producers, and more that had utilized their positions in order to pressure or force women into sexual relations with them.
Then it all turned sour. The movement became a way to get attention or professionally harm a person you didn’t like. Certainly, the guilty deserved it, but too many were put into the guilty bin that didn’t belong there in the fervor.
What’s worse is that there was no forgiveness for those that deserved it, as MacDonald told the Hollywood Reporter, and that causes even more problems:
The model used to be: admit wrongdoing, show complete contrition and then we give you a second chance. Now it’s admit wrongdoing and you’re finished. And so the only way to survive is to deny, deny, deny. That’s not healthy — that there is no forgiveness. I do think that at some point it will end with a completely innocent person of prominence sticking a gun in his head and ending it. That’s my guess. I know a couple of people this has happened to.
MacDonald brought up the examples of Rosanne Barr and Louis C.K., two friends of his who have suffered at the hands of the mob for saying and doing indefensible things.
This sentiment set the internet ablaze with rage, and just got MacDonald kicked off Jimmy Fallon’s show where he was set to appear:
Jimmy came back in. “Can I talk to you buddy?” And he said, he was very, very broken up about it, he didn’t want this, he said, “I don’t know what to do.” I said, “You think I shouldn’t do the show.” “People are crying.” I said, “People are crying.” “Yeah,” he said, “senior producers are crying.” I said, “Good Lord, bring them in and let me talk to them. I didn’t even know I had the capacity to make people cry. So I felt so bad from that comment. Jimmy said, “Come back whatever you want but I think it will hurt the show tonight.” I said, “Jimmy, I don’t want to hurt your show. That’s the last thing I want to do is hurt your show.”
The overreaction to MacDonald’s comments falls directly in line with what MacDonald was talking about. The comedian is correct. The #MeToo movement ended none too soon, and it was getting out of hand. Roseanne Barr’s comments were awful, but she shouldn’t have lost everything she had going for her in a single day.
It goes too far, and now MacDonald is being punished with deplatforming because he’s glad to see a movement that became rotten go?
The sensitivity of our culture has been turned up to 12, and we’ve got to reel it back in by being brave enough to tell people with tears in their eyes from being offended by something that they need to get over it, toughen up, and move on. MacDonald didn’t do anything wrong by saying we need more of a spine as well as more forgiveness, and America should acknowledge that.