Et Too?

The severity of Harvey Weinstein revelations surprised many, and the widespread sharing of “Me Too” stories on social media shocked even more. At this point, no one can claim to be shocked or surprised at the wave of related stories that are certain to emerge in the coming weeks and months. Let’s hope the courage shown by victims who come forward will stem the tide of harassment and assaults. In today’s political climate, no sexual misconduct accusation is likely to be met with more divergent reactions than the claim that Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore initiated sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl. Mitch McConnell represents one part of the GOP: “If these allegations are true, he must step aside.” Meanwhile, Moore is maintaining a lot of support in Alabama, including from State Auditor Jim Zeigler: “Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. They became parents of Jesus. There’s just nothing immoral or illegal here. Maybe just a little bit unusual.” (In case you were wondering why Jesus and Mary are currently trending harder than Kanye and Kim…) Moore’s brother was a little more reserved, merely suggesting that his brother Roy “is being persecuted … like Jesus Christ was.”

+ Moore should step aside if the allegations are true says a president who once argued his own accusers were too unattractive to be believed.

+ Jia Tolentino: Listening to What Trump’s Accusers Have Told Us.

+ “What did USA Gymnastics do, and Larry Nassar do, to manipulate these girls so much that they are so afraid to speak up?” Aly Raisman is the latest to say she was sexually abused by U.S. national team doctor Larry Nassar.

+ “There is nothing about this that I forgive myself for. And I have to reconcile it with who I am. Which is nothing compared to the task I left them with.” Louis C.K. responds to sexual misconduct allegations: These stories are true. FWIW, the allegations have been around for years, and some stories were written about them, including this one from Gawker.

+ L.A. prosecutors form special Hollywood sexual assault task force. (They’re gonna need a big cast…)

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