Hollywood’s Sexual Assault Hypocrisy

So here’s the story, this version reported by Joseph Wulfsohn over at Mediaite. The headline: “Hollywood Shows Support For Christine Ford in New Video: ‘We Believe You’” 

The story says that “Several Hollywood actresses” have gotten together to read a letter of support for Judge Brett Kavanaugh accuser Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. The letter reads: 

“Dear Professor Ford, we know how difficult it is to stand up to powerful people. We want to thank you for publicly sharing your story of sexual violence. As members of the Senate determine whether Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh should serve as a Supreme Court Justice, this context is critical. The behavior you described was wrong and runs directly counter to upholding the law and promoting justice. He should not be confirmed. We can also imagine how shocking and overwhelming it must have been to have your truths shared on a national stage without your permission. You should be the only decision maker about how your story is shared, if ever. We applaud your courage in coming forward for the public good and we will be with you as you face the inevitable backlash.

You are strong. And you are not alone. You are a survivor and millions of us have your back. You and your testimony are credible. We believe you. Signed, Your Sisters.”

The actresses involved include Julianne Moore, Eva Longoria, America Ferrera, Marisa Tomei, Gabrielle Union, and Amber Tamblyn.

The kicker here? The video is sponsored by…..MoveOn.org. 

For those who aren’t of a certain age and are unfamiliar with MoveOn beyond its status today as a far left-wing special interest group, a bit of history. Take note of the group’s name: “Move On.”

Where did that come from? Here is MoveOn’s history as they themselves provide it, bold print supplied: 

“When tech entrepreneurs Joan Blades and Wes Boyd created an online petition about the Clinton impeachment in 1998 and emailed it to friends, they were as surprised as everyone else when it went viral. Although neither had experience in politics, they shared deep frustration with the partisan warfare in Washington D.C. and the ridiculous waste of our nation’s focus at the time of the Clinton impeachment mess. Within days, their petition to “Censure President Clinton and Move On to Pressing Issues Facing the Nation” had hundreds of thousands of signatures. For the first time in history, an online petition broke into and helped transform the national conversation.”

Stop. Full stop. The new group was starting out because it staunchly opposed impeaching President Bill Clinton. Grudgingly, they suggested censure. But throw him out of the White House all together? Absolutely not.

And what was public knowledge about President Clinton in the day? Yes indeed, this from Juanita Broaddrick, as she told it to NBC’s Lisa Myers in the day. The story begins with then Arkansas Attorney General Clinton meeting Broaddrick in her hotel room. He makes a physical advance. She pushes him away, having given him zero reason to believe she was looking for sex. Then:

Myers: “Then what happens?”

Broaddrick: “Then he tries to kiss me again. And the second time he tries to kiss me he starts biting my lip (she cries). Just a minute... He starts to, um, bite on my top lip and I tried to pull away from him. (crying) And then he forces me down on the bed. And I just was very frightened, and I tried to get away from him and I told him ‘No,’ that I didn’t want this to happen (crying) but he wouldn’t listen to me.”

Myers: “Did you resist, did you tell him to stop?”

Broaddrick: “Yes, I told him ‘Please don’t.’ He was such a different person at that moment, he was just a vicious, awful person.”

Myers: “You said there was a point at which you stopped resisting?”

Broaddrick: “Yeah.”

Myers: “Why?”

Broaddrick: “It was a real panicky, panicky situation. I was even to the point where I was getting very noisy, you know, yelling to ‘Please stop.’ And that’s when he pressed down on my right shoulder and he would bite my lip.”

Juanita Broaddrick: “When everything was over with, he got up and straightened himself, and I was crying at the moment and he walks to the door, and calmly puts on his sunglasses. And before he goes out the door he says ‘You better get some ice on that.’ And he turned and went out the door.”

Myers: “On your lip?”

Broaddrick: “Yeah.”

And finally there is this:

Myers: “You’re saying that Bill Clinton sexually assaulted you, that he raped you.”

Broaddrick: “Yes.”

Myers: “And there is no doubt in your mind that that’s what happened?”

Broaddrick: “No doubt whatsoever.”

Fairly straightforward. And recall the name of this group again is “Move On” - as in Move On from what was the above public knowledge. Censure if a must, but don’t even think of impeaching Bill Clinton. Just Move On. And oh yes, by the way? In the Senate at the time Senators Feinstein, Schumer, Durbin and Patty Murray all agreed - and voted “no” on impeaching Clinton.

And over there on Fox was this headline from a Broaddrick interview with Sean Hannity (in which Sean interviewed two other women who said they had been sexually assaulted by Bill Clinton - Paula Jones and Kathleen Willey.) 

It reads: “Bill Clinton Accuser: Hillary 'Scared Me to Death'” 

The key sentence:

“Juanita Broaddrick, an Arkansas woman who accused Bill Clinton of raping her 1978, said that Hillary Clinton ‘personally threatened’ her after she came forward with the original accusations.”

So. What do we have here?

What we have is a video attacking Brett Kavanaugh for something that he vigorously denies, with thus far not a scintilla of evidence or contemporary confirmation from his accuser. The video is from actresses Julianne Moore, Eva Longoria, America Ferrera, Marisa Tomei, Gabrielle Union, and Amber Tamblyn - all of whom supported Hillary Clinton for president. 

The self-same Hillary Clinton who threatened rape survivor Broaddrick to keep quiet about Bill Clinton’s conduct. With the video sponsored by MoveOn.org, an organization whose very name comes from the days when it’s view of Bill Clinton’s conduct with Juanita Broaddrick was to censure but definitely not impeach - and Move On.

The hypocrisy doesn’t come any thicker than that.

 


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