Every day it seems that we are forced to watch yet another American icon go down in the proverbial flames of perversion and power.
What began when the victims of notorious Hollywood scoundrel Harvey Weinstein were finally taken seriously, has blossomed into a fully-involved American sexual revolution in which those who have used their fame and fortune to objectify and inappropriately approach their peers are being called to the carpet and emblazoned with the nation’s newest scarlet letter.
Weinstein, whose behavior has since been detailed by a number of those who knew the truth and chose to do nothing about it, stands accused now by over sixty women – an astounding number of previously silent victims who have instilled the courage necessary in others on the receiving end of powerful people making perverse advances. Shortly after the Hollywood mogul’s outing, a great many of those in Tinseltown, politics, and the media have been singled out for their similarly salacious behavior including Ben Affleck, Kevin Spacey, Matt Lauer, and Al Franken.
There is even a moment beginning to finally hold former President Bill Clinton responsible for his own perverse crimes.
Now, one of America’s most famous radio personalities is facing the gauntlet as well, as Lake Woebegone resident Garrison Keillor is now being ousted from his position in public radio following lewd allegations against him.
“Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) is terminating its contracts with Garrison Keillor and his private media companies after recently learning of allegations of his inappropriate behavior with an individual who worked with him.
“Last month, MPR was notified of the allegations which relate to Mr. Keillor’s conduct while he was responsible for the production of A Prairie Home Companion (APHC). MPR President Jon McTaggart immediately informed the MPR Board Chair, and a special Board committee was appointed to provide oversight and ongoing counsel. In addition, MPR retained an outside law firm to conduct an independent investigation of the allegations. Based on what we currently know, there are no similar allegations involving other staff. The attorney leading the independent investigation has been conducting interviews and reviewing documents, and the investigation is still ongoing. We encourage anyone with additional information to call our confidential hotline 1-877-767-7781.
“MPR takes these allegations seriously and we are committed to maintaining a safe, respectful and supportive work environment for all employees and everyone associated with MPR. We want a workplace where anyone who experiences unwanted behavior feels comfortable in reporting concerns to MPR. Discrimination, harassment, retaliation or other inappropriate behaviors will not be tolerated.”
This will certainly come as a shock to many who have considered Keillor an inoffensive institution of American radio culture for decades.
The American harassment revolution will likely continue until any and all serial abusers are outed, leaving Americans to wonder who will be next. If Garrison Keillor isn’t innocent, then who possibly could be?