More than a few people have been blindsided by the recent Weinstein revelations, at a loss to understand quite how they failed to miss decades of clues, or explain to themselves how, in retrospect, they might have handled their intel a little differently.
More than a few organisations too appear to be experiencing similar difficulties in matching the revelations to their own memories of events and, to be honest, seem to be struggling emotionally.
One of the most agitated is the Telegraph, who have lashed out in their confusion on their website with a piece called “Weinstein’s actions are revolting – but don’t tell me all men are to blame” by Martin Daubney, under the whimisically titled “Thinking Man” slug.
(Full disclosure: Martin is a former colleague of mine, in the days before he dedicated his life to righting wrongs against his gender).
For some reason, he seems to feel the finger of blame is being unfairly pointed at him.
And it’s not pleasant.
“As the hours pass…I feel strangely compelled – and highly pressurised – to apologise for the inexcusable actions of a Hollywood exec I’ve never met,” he confesses, before widening out the sense of unfairness to all men everywhere.
“Why are we being made to feel guilty for crimes that are not ours?”
Unfortunately he neglects to mention who is responsible for this outrageous injustice, and “strange compulsions” alone do not a watertight case make.
It would have been massively helpful vis-à-vis the healing process for him to have pushed this exercise in opening up just a little further; sufficient, say, to out the shadowy powers that are the cause of his molestation.
If this case has shown anything, it’s that people need to find the courage to “stand strong” and name their tormentors.
Sadly for everyone he’s unable to take that step at the moment.
It’s good to see though, that he has been able to sufficiently resist the pressure this nasty business has put him under for the Telegraph to deploy him as a sort of mobile indignation unit sent to spray male rage wherever none is needed, even at these most sensitive of times.
As it doesn’t seem we’re going to get to the bottom of this just yet, let’s just say “Apology accepted” and try and move on.