Sex scandals tip scales of justice


Sex scandals tip scales of justice

The sex scandals on both sides of the Atlantic are tipping the scales of justice. The premise that innocence is assumed until proven guilty is no longer, says Peter Divey.

The sex scandal news keeps on coming on both sides of the Atlantic. Like a runaway snowball, the scandal is rapidly transforming from a snowball into a cataclysmic avalanche, enveloping all those whose misdeeds leave them stranded in its path. If you are guilty you deserve everything you get. But as is usual, the law of unintended consequences has ricocheted overall and sundry. For better or for worse.

Hollywood is remarkably reticent and non-judgemental. Everyone is ducking for cover. The goings-on at the audition couch are not new, but the tolerance of so much seedy behaviour is repugnant. And Hollywood have brought this down upon themselves. The post-Trump meltdown was latched onto by Hollywood like a drowning man clinging to a flimsy raft. The preaching and exhortations of moral superiority had become unbearable. Take the actor Chris Evans, Captain America on film, the great defender of the USA a perfect metaphor for moral and cultural superiority. God is on our side and the right will win out. But only on film. In real life Chris Evans has constantly harangued his fellow US citizens for voting for Trump. They have destroyed democracy and trampled the American dream. Hollywood knows best and he knows best. Chris Evans used his celebrity and status to demonstrate his virtue. He made sure he joined the fashionable anti-Trump left-wing crowd. Guaranteeing future employment in the greatest show on earth, the ultimate bubble. A tranquil Eden where right-wing views are banned. An odd approach which left half of Hollywood’s audiences alienated. All quiet now on the Hollywood front though. Has that moral superiority taken a big hit? The hypocrisy is baffling.

But a broader issue of the sex-scandal avalanche is that it risks enveloping not only the guilty, but innocent men too. This anti-male witch hunt is usurping the fundamental right of innocence until proven guilty. The merest scintilla of an allegation and the accuser is right and the alleged perpetrator instantly guilty. Ordinarily these accusations would have would have been dismissed as hearsay, but these are special times. The victim has to be proved wrong. Rumours and suspicion are more than enough to sweep you away. Are false allegations being levelled? Of course. The scales of justice have tipped from one side to the other.

Judge Roy Moore is a Republican candidate supported and proposed by Steve Bannon. He is standing on the anti-swamp, anti-GOP uni-party brief in Alabama. Reason enough to be hated across both sides of the political aisle. Historic allegations of sexual impropriety and abuse have surfaced and it has all descended into juvenile party politics. Moore stoutly refutes the charge, describing it is a political assassination job. He will not go away. A lawyer for one of the alleged victims has wheeled out an old yearbook supposedly incriminating Moore. It has all become complex and testy. Moore says it is a forgery. The lawyer refuses to allow the yearbook to be examined. The step-son of the accuser says she is lying. There is now talk of jail time if the forgery is proved, for the lawyer and the accuser. It is a Trump style fightback from the resilient Moore who has bounced back in the polls. This saga has some way to run as yet but the voters of Alabama seem minded to give Moore the benefit just now. Maybe Moore can survive the sex scandal avalanche?

Everything is black and white at the moment, there are certainly no 50 shades of grey. But those unintended consequences will probably leave permanent damage or societal change. Hollywood staying quiet would be a pleasant bonus for sure.

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  • Peter Divey
    Peter Divey
    Peter Divey's dormant interest in British and American politics has been reawakened by last year's Brexit referendum result and Trump's ascendency to the White House. In his spare time he enjoys playing chess and has a growing collection of vintage wrist watches.
    • Jabez Foodbotham

      ”Moore stoutly refutes the charge”
      Another one who doesn’t know what refute means

    • lizmilton

      Had it been left to the mainstream media, I suspect the Hollywood situation would have continued on. Jokes were made about Weinstein at the Oscars etc for years…”the leading ladies nominated will no longer have to pretend to like Harvey Weinstein” etc to much laughter from the audience. Look at YouTube.

      The Clinton’s are also coming under far more scrutiny…

      While I agree there is a witch hunt against men, the plan for years has been to feminise white men so they lose the will to fight against the Marxist repression…
      Search and Read “The quiet revolution rolls forward”
      “The moronification of western man man: are we becoming more stupid?”

      And the key objectives of UN agenda 21 on
      I will limit myself, with difficulty 🙂 to just the one objective relevant…” The restructuring of the family unit “…

      As we see being “pushed” on practically every commercial and programme…they were called programmes for a reason …now they are called Shows…even the News is a Show, where correspondents like to tell us what we should think.

      Meanwhile,the biggest sex scandals of all in this country are being ignored…

      there are, I have read a million or more girls who in recent years have been abused and used in this country…with very little support for them or their families from the Police or Social Services, apparently…being told they had brought it on themselves, they were prostitutes etc

      Whatever happened to the Independent Inquiry set up by May in 2014 into child sex abuse by politicians and clergy in this country…
      She appointed Butler-Scholl to head it…she resigned

      Succeeded by Fiona Woolf…she resigned

      Succeeded by Dame Lowell Goddard…she resigned…all appointed by May…all resigned…WHY?

      Couple that with the fact that Melanie Shaw is regarded by as being a political prisoner in this country, ( check it out for yourself) because she has info on paedophilia in the Thatcher era…

      and I don’t think we are in a position to be in any way critical of standards in the US and Hollywood…we have our own double standards…such degradation of our society apparently happily accepted by our PM and politicians …

      • Peter Divey

        Liz…an impressively comprehensive reply. Informed, informative and passionate. I come across this UN agenda 21 more and more…and societal change is increasingly apparent.

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