Washington Post politics reporter Dave Weigel has been suspended following uproar over a sexist joke he retweeted.He is suspended for a month without pay.
The newspaper suspended Weigel Monday without pay, CNN reported, after he reposted a tweet from Youtuber Cam Harless that stated, “Every girl is bi. You just have to figure out if it’s polar or sexual.”
The humor comes from some truth to this, along with the play on words. And that is what makes it offensive, also.
Maybe that was Johnny Depp's problem. He could not figure out if Amber Heard was bisexual or bipolar. Both, it seems.
Last Wednesday’s verdict in the Amber Heard/Johnny Depp defamation case has been criticized for multiple reasons, particularly for the chilling effect the decision is likely to have on the #MeToo movement, jeopardizing survivors’ ability to speak openly about their abuse.Similar opinions have been expressed by the NY Times, NPR Radio, and others.
The case was not about Heard speaking openly about her abuse. She was the abuser, and was not abused, according to most of those who looked at the evidence.
Yes, you could say that defamation law has a chilling effect on making unsubstatiated charges that ruin someone's reputation. It is supposed to have that effect.
Obviously Heard got legal advice that a women can tell whatever abuse stories she wants, and they will be to her advantage, as long as she sticks to her story.
The #MeToo movement is all about making irresponsible accusations.
The rest of the article complains that Depp won in the court of public opinion. The trial was televised, and everyone could see the evidence.
It is an odd complaint, as Heard was the one who decided to go public with her accusations in the op-ed.
The NY Timex says, in its podcast:
We have to remember that, one of the original purposes of the MeToo movement was to create a space for women to come forward, and not be fearful that their lives will be destroyed by men who are much more powerful and well-resourced than them.There you have it. The NY Times says that the whole purpose is for women to make unsubstantiated accusations against powerful men, without any fear of repercussions.
If a woman has evidence of a crime, she can take it to the police. Nobody is quarreling with that. No, this is not about criminal evidence. This is about taking down powerful men with bogus stories, and not fearing the consequences.
There was no good reason Heard, the ACLU, and the Wash. Post needed to libel Depp. They did it out of spite (Heard), corruption (ACLU), politics (Post). They should have had to fear the consequences of false accusations.