Public apologies from celebrities are as common today as press releases announcing new movies.
The worst and most baffling came by way of Harvey Weinstein, who tried to chalk up the sexual harassment and assault allegations against him from multiple women as just the consequences of being “from a different time.” The Democratic donor also vowed to fight the NRA in a lame attempt to shift the conversation.
Spoiler alert: It didn’t work.
Someone has now come along and challenged Weinstein for Worst Apology of the Year — and it happens to be Kevin Spacey. The “House of Cards” star was accused over the weekend of making a sexual pass at actor Anthony Rapp when the latter was only 14 years old.
Rapp told BuzzFeed News his run-in with Spacey occurred in 1986. At a party to which a friend invited him, Rapp alleged that a 26-year-old Spacey picked him up, placed him on a bed and climbed on top of him.
"He was trying to seduce me," Rapp said. "I don't know if I would have used that language. But I was aware that he was trying to get with me sexually."
Rapp left the room and ran to the bathroom. He told Spacey he needed to go home. Spacey then allegedly wondered aloud if the actor was "sure" he wanted to leave.
Rapp's story caught so much heat that Spacey released a public apology.
Not even diehard liberals are buying into Spacey's blatant attempt to switch the conversation from pedophilia to his sexuality — which few have ever questioned.
"Apologies" from people like Weinstein and Spacey are telling in that these individuals never fully deny guilt. They attempt to limit any further damage to their personal reputations by wrapping themselves in some popular social cause.
When it comes to sexual harassment and assault, politics are gone. No one cares whom you vote for, or which candidate you support. If you hurt someone — you hurt someone.
People like Spacey and Weinstein don't seem to get this. They live under the misguided impression that being part of some social cause — such as gay rights or the anti-gun lobby — will make people forgive and forget. Wrong. Sexuality and liberal politics don't matter. These stories have been told and will continue to be told. No one will forget.
(photo credit, homepage image: Anthony Rapp, CC BY 2.0, by Michael Schamis / Kevin Spacey at the Royal Albert Hall, CC BY-SA 3.0, by Richardc39; photo credit, article image: Governor Tours the House of Cards Set, CC BY 2.0, by Maryland GovPics)
Last Modified: October 30, 2017, 2:26 pm