Maybe All of Congress (and Hollywood) Needs to Adopt the “Pence Rule”

Hey, remember that one time the left and basically everyone in mainstream media threw an utter conniption fit when Mike Pence said he makes it a point not to share private meals or meetings with women when his wife is not present?

Pence was labeled a “pervert” by all the usual suspects from the left because apparently if a married man chooses to enact some boundaries between himself and the opposite sex it’s only because he can’t control his sick, sex perv urges.

Of course, at this very moment this line of logic seems even more ridiculous. Real perversion is on full display. If we’re looking at “making one’s wife a priority by choosing not to open oneself to rumor and innuendo” vs. “masturbating in front of young, frightened actress and…unloading into a potted plant” I’ll take “making one’s wife a priority” for $1000, Alex.

It becomes more and more clear every day why the elitist liberal left were so perplexed by Pence’s declaration. They live and work in a world where sexual perversion and misconduct is normalized. It’s so normal, that hardly anyone familiar with any of the accused has expressed shock…just sadness and shame that they were complicit in the coverup for so long. No wonder they think a married man who has never been accused of adultery (that we know of) is a secret pervert. All of their guys are secret perverts. Republican men must be much, much worse!

It is hard for liberals to imagine that a man doesn’t have constant, sexually aggressive urges. It’s on full display every day in the offices of movie agents, producers and their favorite congressmen and Presidents (I’m looking at you, Bill Clinton). Former Democrat Donald Trump has seemed to follow the same playbook. Every man in their orbit displays the familiar characteristics of oversexed, overindulged hormonal playboys.

Pence’s “rule” must only be because he can’t control his own urges as well. After all, as a Republican his secret urges must be ten times worse than any of their own favorite misogynists.

And let’s concede that silly notion for just a moment…for the sake of argument. Let’s just say that Pence’s reasoning really is that he can’t control his urges. Isn’t it better for a man to recognize that about himself and work to protect women from his primal, disgusting urges?

Of course, that isn’t at all what Pence did. Like many practicing Christians and people of other faiths, Pence understands that even the appearance of “wrong” can be used to spark rumors, spread false accusations and bring pain to one’s spouse.

1 Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil

The vice president understands that as a man in a position of power, he is vulnerable to rumor, misinterpreted intentions and flat out lies. One way to protect oneself from those things is to always make sure a third party is present in any meeting. In addition, as we have seen with the revelations from the last few weeks of the horrific (and even criminal) sexual misconduct of some of the most powerful men in America, power has a tendency to corrupt and leave one vulnerable to the temptation to wield that power. By choosing to not let the opportunity get a even a toe in the door, Pence is recognizing that no man is above making bad choices and he’s doing everything in his power to avoid the trappings of his station.

Only in 2017 America can that be seen as character flaw.

Perhaps congress and the mainstream media and basically every snooty know-it-all on the left should start adopting the “Pence Rule” as a day-to-day value. It turns out a lot these men that have been propped up as champions for the poor and marginalized are actual sexual predators who can’t control their urges.

Wouldn’t it have been nice for the victims of this perversion if some of these men had chosen to adopt the “Pence Rule” instead of indulge their every, warped urge?

 

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Can My Children Be Friends With Condescending, Elitist Academics Who Write at the New York Times?

“Can my children be friends with white people?”

This is the opening question proposed by law professor Ekow N. Yankah, not in some fringe, black nationalist publication but the New York Times.

Yankah’s maudlin and meandering pro-segregation argument is so full of contradictions and sadness that there is almost too much to unpack. He begins by sharing what should be a familiar story to most American parents, regardless of race. His 4-year-old is trying to decide just how many best friends a person is allowed to have. He’s got mom, dad, brother…who else? His father doesn’t seem inclined to provide an appropriate answer – which would be something like “Who are some of your other favorite people?”

Instead, he immediately and inexplicably links his young son’s earnest inquiry to the events in Charlottesville and racism.

But even a child’s joy is not immune to this ominous political period. This summer’s images of violence in Charlottesville, Va., prompted an array of questions. “Some people hate others because they are different,” I offer, lamely. A childish but distinct panic enters his voice. “But I’m not different.”

Now, consider this…Mr.Yankah has just had to explain the inexplicable to his precious, innocent son. “Some people hate other because they are different.” Without any apparent self-awareness he then goes on to pen an entire op-ed about how his son probably shouldn’t be friends with…wait for it…people who are different.

Mind. Blown.

He goes on to write the typical “Donald Trump’s America” fare as if he himself doesn’t still go to work every day to earn that very plush paycheck just like he did before Trump was elected. But I guess the justification for segregation won’t sound so awful if it is couched in “fear” first. In fact, the deeper you dig into the piece, the more you realize it is but one degree removed from Jim Crow era sensibilities.

The law professor says that while he grew up in a diverse and accepting Midwestern town, Trump changed everything about how trustworthy white people can be seen to be.

What’s surprising is that I am heartbroken at all. It is only for African-Americans who grew up in such a place that watching Mr. Trump is so disorienting. For many weary minorities, the ridiculous thing was thinking friendship was possible in the first place. It hurts only if you believed friendship could bridge the racial gorge.

Of course, the rise of this president has broken bonds on all sides. But for people of color the stakes are different. Imagining we can now be friends across this political line is asking us to ignore our safety and that of our children, to abandon personal regard and self-worth. Only white people can cordon off Mr. Trump’s political meaning, ignore the “unpleasantness” from a position of safety. His election and the year that has followed have fixed the awful thought in my mind too familiar to black Americans: “You can’t trust these people.”

“These people.” It seems Mr. Yankah has done just what he accuses “these people” of doing in various parts of his editorial – painting one group of people with a broad brush and assigning the most nefarious of intentions to them based on nothing more than their skin tone and who they may or may not have cast a vote for in one single election.

But Mr. Yankah does various linguistic summersaults to address even that point.

But the deepest rift is with the apologists, the “good” Trump voters, the white people who understand that Mr. Trump says “unfortunate” things but support him because they like what he says on jobs and taxes. They bristle at the accusation that they supported racism, insisting they had to ignore Mr. Trump’s ugliness. Relying on everyday decency as a shield, they are befuddled at the chill that now separates them from black people in their offices and social circles. They protest: Have they ever said anything racist? Don’t they shovel the sidewalk of the new black neighbors? Surely, they say, politics — a single vote — does not mean we can’t be friends.

I do not write this with liberal condescension or glee. My heart is unbearably heavy when I assure you we cannot be friends.

So just like that, “everyday decency” is a shield – as if one couldn’t act with decency simply because they are a decent person. It seems every one of Yankah’s interactions with the people around him is conditional, and thus he ascribes the very same qualities to white people. He can’t imagine a world where people simply accept each other for who they are and where they are in their own lives. It makes one wonder what other conditions he places on the people he loves in his life. Will his son lose his father’s love and approval if he grows up to be conservative one day? Or to marry a white woman? Or a white man? As a parent it’s quite unnerving to imagine the ways Yankah’s sweet baby boy is working out the conundrums of what his father is telling him inside his tiny, developing mind. Kids have a way of making every problem about themselves. If Baby Yankah’s own father is telling him people have value based on very surface-level assessments, how will Baby Yankah end up twisting his own self into pretzels for his father’s approval as he grows up?

Yankah’s insistence that he is not trying to condescend is as hollow as his argument.

This is the type of thoughtless tripe that can only be produced from inside the elite, rich, liberal bubble of coastal academia. He is so far removed from the average lives of average Americans he cannot conceive of a world in which people with differing views and even offensive views live side-by-side and still develop deep and lasting relationships that help each other thrive and succeed.

Yankah’s manufactured attachment to the value of one vote of one person in one election in one country on one continent in one year in one century of the whole of human history renders his New York Times piece ridiculous and deeply sad.

When God became man in the form of Jesus, he created a revolution. He didn’t socialize and live with the “righteous” and the “clean” of his day. He came close to the most undesirable people of his time. He broke bread with the most hated and reviled in the political class – Trump voters tax collectors. He elevated the status of women second-class citizens. He washed the feet and touched the faces of drug addicts those considered gross and unlovable. He deliberately sought out people who were looked upon with derision and revulsion and loved them in spite of their circumstances and decisions.

It costs us nothing to love people who are like us and who like us. It costs so very, very much to love people who aren’t like us…and don’t like us.

As I’m sure Yankah’s own parents told him at some point – nothing worth having is easy.

Yankah’s disappointing, sweeping judgmental ideology is not only a bigoted choice, it is the easy choice. What seems less easy is how on earth he will look his son in the eye one day and justify why it is acceptable to hate people because they are different.

And sir, in case you need some advice on addressing that issue, let me help you…

It isn’t.

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Mattel to Launch ‘Hijab Barbie’

Recently, Mattel announced that it would be releasing a new line of it’s iconic “Barbie” dolls that embraced a wide spectrum of women, inspired by real-life women.

At the Glamour magazine’s “Woman of the Year Summit”, the toy company announced that their new line will include their very first hijab-wearing Barbie, inspired by American Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad.

Muhammad won a bronze medal as a part of the U.S. Olympic team in the Rio Olypics and became a sensation for being the first American Muslim to compete in a hijab. Muhammad was on hand at the summit to reveal the new Barbie and help launch Mattel’s new “diverse” line.

Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad holds a hijab-wearing “Barbie Shero” in her likeness at the 2017 Glamour Women of the Year Awards at Kings Theatre on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

“When I think about my own journey, me being a Muslim girl involved in the sport of fencing, there were people who made me feel like I didn’t belong,” Muhammad said.

“For all those people who didn’t believe in me, this Barbie doll is for you.”

The Barbie designed in her likeness has full fencing gear, including a mask and sabre, wears training shoes and has a hijab around her head.

Muhammad said she hoped the doll would inspire girls “to embrace what makes them unique.”

“Today I’m proud to know that little girls who wear hijab and, just as powerfully, those who don’t can play with a Barbie who chooses to wear a headscarf,” she said.

“She’s a Barbie who is strong enough to wield a giant sabre and dedicated enough to spend years working her way to an Olympic medal.”

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Heartbreaking: Hollywood A-Lister Accused of Raping a Teenage Corey Haim

The flood of horrific stories coming out of Hollywood seems to have no end. Now one of television’s richest and most famous personalities is being accused of yet another sickening crime that may have helped lead to the tragic end for actor Corey Haim.

Haim died of drug-related illness at the age of 38. It was no secret he struggled with addiction his entire life. Haim’s best friend and acting partner Corey Feldman has said over the years that both he and Haim were sexually abused as children in the industry, with Haim suffering the worst of it.

Now comes news from the National Enquirer that one of Haim’s first abusers may have been Hollywood royalty and “Two and a Half Men” star Charlie Sheen, on the set of the now classic film Lucas.

The rumor mill has had this spinning around for many years, but Wednesday the National Enquirer revealed that they have been conducting a five-year investigation into the death of Corey Haim, and recently were able to interview a good friend of the late, troubled actor.

“Haim told me he had sex with Sheen when they filmed ‘Lucas,’” Dominick Brascia, a former actor and a close friend of the “Lost Boys” legend, exclusively told The ENQUIRER. “He told me they smoked pot and had sex. He said they had anal sex. Haim said after it happened Sheen became very cold and rejected him. When Corey wanted to fool around again, Charlie was not interested.”

Corey Feldman alluded to the same situation in his 2013 memoir “Coreyography: A Memoir” but did not name Haim’s abuser.

At some point during the filming [of ‘Lucas,’ Haim] explained an adult male convinced him it was perfectly normal for older men and younger boys in the business to have sexual relations, that it was ‘what all guys do.’

So they walked off to a secluded area between two trailers during a lunch break for the cast and crew and Haim, innocent and ambitious as he was, allowed himself to be sodomized.

There is no doubt that a then 13-year-old Corey Haim was a victim, even if he willingly went with Sheen. Another source the Enquirer interviewed said that like many child victims of adult predators, Haim thought he loved him and was genuinely confused by the situation when Sheen went on to reject him after their encounter.

One may feel suspicious of The Enquirer’s story because of the typical nature of their reporting. However, the level of details they provide in this expose is compelling, to say the least. The publication that may have spared America from President John Edwards even interviewed the members of the 80-person choir that was used as extras on the set of Lucas. Many of them have a lot to say about Sheen’s conduct with underage girls during filming.

Amazingly, horror stories of Sheen’s despicable antics still loom large to this day over “Lucas” choir reunions. “I know he was hitting on some of the girls that were in the choir. Many would have been under 18,” said Trevor Peet, another “Lucas” choir member who attended a reunion about ten years ago in New York’s Little Italy.

“People were talking,” he told The ENQUIRER, referring to what has become the worst-kept secret from the set. “Some of the girls went back to his hotel with him and he dropped his pants and said, ‘Hey, can you do me a favor?’” The suggestion, a vast number of sources indicated, was Sheen was asking the underage girls to perform oral sex.

Adding to the seriousness of the allegations is the messy divorce filing by Sheen’s ex-wife Denise Richards, who filed complaints about his behavior in a desperate attempt to prevent Sheen from getting overnight visits with their two daughters.

Haim was far from alone in having been targeted by the predatory villain, who went on to earn more than $2 million an episode on “Two and a Half Men” — becoming the richest man on television. In a 2006 court filing, Sheen’s ex-wife Denise Richards charged that Sheen visited websites featuring young men and girls who appeared underage.

Richards’ hand-signed declaration, filed to stop Sheen from getting overnight visits with his daughters, contended the “Major League” sensation “belonged” to “disturbing” sites “which promoted very young girls, who looked underage to me with pigtails, braces and no pubic hair performing oral sex with each other.”

Other sites visited by Sheen, Richards alleged, involved “gay pornography also involving very young men who also did not look like adults.” Shockingly, no fewer than eight witnesses from the “Lucas” set spoke out as part of this investigation on the condition their names not be used in print for fear of reprisal, but one bravely stepped forward.

Sheen, of course, is now famous for blowing the deal that made him the richest man in television, having a very public meltdown (this is where we get #Winning from) and recently announcing he is HIV positive.

If you feel like you need to take a shower after this, you’re not alone. Not only is it sickening to think of these children being used and abused to create some of the most iconic films and shows in our lifetime, it’s equally horrifying to imagine the elaborate PR machine needed to keep these stories from the public for so long.

This is a conspiracy on a scale only Hollywood could dream up. Will we ever be able to enjoy our movies and shows the same way again?

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This Glorious App Will Change Your McDonald’s Ice Cream Experience Forever

It’s a hot summer day, or maybe just a lazy winter day. You’ve got a wicked craving for a McFlurry (and maybe even a McRib…but that’s another column for another day). Or perhaps you’ve just been looking forward to treating yourself to a simple soft serve cone. Like their french fries, McDonald’s laces their ice cream with some sort of opiate that causes instant attachment and addiction. There’s nothing else like it anywhere. It’s not even that good; you just…need it.

 

You roll up to your local MickyD’s. You can almost taste the ice cream. Heck, maybe you’ll make it a shake. Maybe you’ll just do both. You’re a grown up and you can do what you want!

 

You mosey on up to the counter, wallet in hand. Aidyn/Brayden/Hayden/Jaxson couldn’t look less enthused to be serving you but you don’t care. You’re about to drown all of the world’s trouble in a perfect concoction of creamy sweetness.

“The machine is down”

You can hardly believe your ears. “What did you say?”

“The machine is down. No ice cream.”

We’ve all been there and it is devastating.

One woman decided she’d had enough. Some people cure life-threatening diseases, some people rescue children from burning buildings, some people dedicated their lives to the homeless and oppressed. Raina Mcleod added her name to the list of national heroes by developing an app that will tell customers if the ice cream machine at their McDonald’s of choice is broken before they even get there. Mcleod told Buzzfeed:

“I came up with the idea for the app around a year ago, after a late night Oreo McFlurry craving went unfulfilled due to the ice cream machine being down.”

The “Ice-Check” app is available on iOS and will show you the McDonald’s nearest to your location and also if it’s ice cream machine is in working order. In case the machine breaks after your arrival, there is an option to warn other users of the downed machine.

Is it too early to start discussing a possible Nobel Prize for Mcleod?

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‘House of Cards’ Producer Investigating Spacey Abuse Claims on Set

Actor Kevin Spacey continues to headline entertainment news even after an announcement from his media rep saying the actor was heading to “seek evaluation and treatment”. Multiple parties have now come forward to accuse Spacey of sexual harassment and abuse in the past.

Now comes word that Spacey’s behavior may have continued all the way up into his most recent work.

Netflix and House of Cards producer Media Rights Capital have announced they will begin a formal investigation into the claims that their star and Executive Producer Kevin Spacey repeatedly sexually harassed employees on set of the Netflix megahit.

On Thursday, Media Rights Capital issued a statement on the allegations and the decision to investigate. They also admitted that a previous similar claim had been made against the actor in 2012.

“We are deeply troubled to learn about these new allegations that are being made to the press concerning Kevin Spacey’s interaction with members of the crew of House of Cards. As the producer of the show, creating and maintaining a safe working environment for our cast and crew has always been our top priority…

…We have consistently reinforced the importance of employees reporting any incident without fear of retaliation and we have investigated and taken appropriate actions following any complaints. For example, during our first year of production in 2012, someone on the crew shared a complaint about a specific remark and gesture made by Kevin Spacey. Immediate action was taken following our review of the situation and we are confident the issue was resolved promptly to the satisfaction of all involved. Mr. Spacey willingly participated in a training process and since that time MRC has not been made aware of any other complaints involving Mr. Spacey.”

MRC has also established an anonymous hotline to receive further complaints and are providing crisis counselors and sexual harassment legal advisors for the crew.

“MRC will continue to thoroughly investigate all current claims and any new claims that are formally brought to our attention, and will continue to monitor our own production and practices to ensure that our cast and crew feel safe and supported.”

Netflix in turn issued it’s statement:

“When the allegations broke about Kevin Spacey on Sunday night, in conjunction with MRC, we sent a representative to set on Monday morning. Netflix was just made aware of one incident, five years ago, that we were informed was resolved swiftly. On Tuesday, in collaboration with MRC, we suspended production, knowing that Kevin Spacey wasn’t scheduled to work until Wednesday. Netflix is not aware of any other incidents involving Kevin Spacey on-set. We continue to collaborate with MRC and other production partners to maintain a safe and respectful working environment. We will continue to work with MRC during this hiatus time to evaluate our path forward as it relates to the production, and have nothing further to share at this time.”

 

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Kevin Spacey Checks One Off the Creeper Checklist, Heading to “Rehab”

Kevin Spacey is in a lot of hot water. Besides the accusations of harassment from actor Anthony Rapp, Spacey has also been accused of exposing himself to a British bartender and trying to force physical contact. Employees of the famous Old Vic Theater in London (where Spacey served as the artistic director from 2004-2015) have accused Spacey of sexual harassment and claim the theater directors ignored numerous complaints. The theater has since set up a tip line for any employees past or present who wish to report their own stories of harassment by the House of Cards actor.

Suddenly the weird story about Spacey getting mugged in a London park in the middle of the night while he was “walking his dog” starts to make a bit more sense. If Spacey’s the “cruising” type (and it looks like he is) then his bizarre explanation of his injuries makes more sense as just an awkward cover-up of a random hook-up gone bad.

Now it looks like Spacey must have received the “Mitigating the Damage After You’re Outed as a Hypocritical, Creepy Sex Perv” memo going around Hollywood right now. Oh, you’ve never seen it? Here are the finer points:

1.Issue a brief statement of apology, preferably in a tweet. The second best option is a statement through the New York Times as they are typically a safe space for hypocritical creepy sex pervs.

 

2.In said statement, be sure to hit the most important talking points.

A) Memory loss – you don’t “recall” anything

 

B) Vague apology for the behavior that you surely don’t recall. Don’t admit the behavior but apologize for the behavior that you’re not admitting. Be sure to convey how appalled at yourself you are that you would ever think to do the thing you definitely don’t remember doing.

 

C) Explain how much you love and respect women. Remind everyone that your mother was a woman and your favorite people are women and you work with women…so many women! All the women everywhere!

 

3.If your offense was legally questionable, remind people of what a good person you really are by becoming a social justice warrior. Take on the NRA, donate a large sum of money to Planned Parenthood, #Resist.

 

4.If your offense was of the gay persuasion, come out of the closet very publicly. Don’t forget your cape…you’ll be a hero, after all!

5.Go to sex rehab or behavioral rehab or just a hotel called Rehab. Do it and do it quickly.

Well, the House of Cards actor has thus far crossed at least four items off his sex perv damage control checklist and it looks like he’s going to finally finish off the list. On Thursday Spacey’s representative issued a statement saying the actor and producer would be seeking help for…something.

“Kevin Spacey is taking the time necessary to seek evaluation and treatment. No other information is available at this time.”

No need to belabor the point, I suppose.

If things keep going at this pace there will be no one left in Hollywood to keep the lights on. They’ll all be in rehab.

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This Documentary Sounded the Alarm on Hollywood Pedophilia…Two Years Ago

Harvey Weinstein’s debacle ignited a flame that has begun to expose the culture of rape and misogyny that apparently has been alive and well in Hollywood for many years. High-profile actresses (and actors) began coming out of the woodwork to describe their own harrowing tales of abuse and sexism in the industry. #MeToo turned up the heat. Today we hear of Kevin Spacey’s alleged penchant for underage boys, thanks to Broadway actor Anthony Rapp.

Last week I wrote here at Redstate about another long-ignored Hollywood scandal that was beginning to finally poke it’s ugly head out of the shadows. The story took off and my research soon caused me to stumble over a little-known documentary made by Esponda Productions. “An Open Secret” exposes the plague of pedophilia that has been covered up in Hollywood for decades, to a sickening extent. Three brave young men in particular share their stories of being young teenagers pursuing fame and success in Hollywood. As a boy, each of the men were groomed by their pedophile managers, agents or other trusted figures around them.

The movie is two years old and at the time of my original viewing it had 150 views on Vimeo.

This is a hard subject to process, but it can no longer go unnoticed.

The film discusses the deliberate effort to silence children who tried to come forward, and how despite the rumors and even a pretty high profile conviction (manager Marty Weiss plead guilty to the rape of minor, served a third of his sentence and went back to work representing children) many of these sick predators simply keep right on working. As long as they’re making money, everyone seems willing to overlook the damage.

Astonishingly, the producers were able to bring in Michael Harrah. Harrah (now in his 60s) is an extremely well-known and successful child agent and manager and has been for decades. There had always been rumors of Harrah grooming his young clients to become his victims and to this day he has teenage boys living in his home, under the guise of making audition scheduling easier on parents and kids.

What made this man think appearing in a documentary about the very thing he’s accused of is beyond logic. The film crew was very pointed in their questioning and discussion and made no bones about why they were interested in talking to him. Perhaps that is the twisted narcissism of the pedophile mind – that if only they can tell their side of the story they can explain away all the ickiness.

Indeed, Harrah’s response to a very intense, emotional phone call from one of his (now adult) accusers is an eerie echo of Kevin Spacey’s lame apology to actor Anthony Rapp after he was accused of trying to molest a young Rapp at a Broadway party when Rapp was just 14 years old. Both men used the same basic excuse…”I don’t remember the incident but if it happened I’m sorry. It was inappropriate.”

Inappropriate.

There are no words for this type of depravity. And all this from inside the glass houses atop giant high horses from which these people condemn and vilify the unwashed masses for their lifestyles, political leanings and religious traditions.

“An Open Secret” is both emotional and tragic, but well-crafted and ultimately deeply moving. One almost feels shame when the film ends. To think this had been going on behind the scenes of our favorite shows and movies for so long and most of us in consumer-land knew nothing.

This movie should be the final nail in the coffin of an industry that has fostered a culture of abuse for too long. Unfortunately , it is only the beginning – but at least it does seem to be beginning.

“An Open Secret” is available to view for free on Vimeo until 10/31. It is well worth your time.

 

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The Next Big Hollywood Sex Scandal is Already Breaking…at Nickelodeon

The Harvey Weinstein scandal may have opened up a whole can of worms for Hollywood, but (to employ another metaphor) that is just the tip of the iceberg. The scandal is due to crack wide open any day now, and it’s not another Weinstein tale.

It’s worse.

By now we’ve all been reminded of actor Corey Feldman’s accusations years ago that Hollywood is home to a lot of pedophiles with massive industry influence. Feldman confirmed his own abuse and said his friend and acting partner Corey Haim had been abused even worse than Feldman himself. Apparently, Haim and other young actors were frequently passed around by older executives and agents, in what Feldman likened to a “pedophile ring” of sorts. Said “The Goonies” actor, “I was surrounded by pedophiles. Literally surrounded. They were everywhere.”

It isn’t a particularly surprising tale. “Different Strokes” actor Todd Bridges descended into drug use and madness after his success as a child actor, largely due to sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of adults he’d been left with during his years of filming. He’s since cleaned up his act but has been very vocal about how vulnerable kids in the industry are to perverts.

However, this isn’t limited to a time gone by. Rumblings are growing louder and louder that one of Hollywood’s biggest producers of children’s entertainment is about to be outed as a major incubator for pedophile executives and their twisted manipulations.

Dan Schneider is a former actor and producer at Nickelodeon. He is responsible for nearly every one of their biggest successes in the last 20 years. Schneider has produced and written the shows that have given us breakout stars like Arianna Grande, Amanda Bynes and Victoria Justice.

Schneider has also been the subject of some very disturbing and consistent rumors for years. One need only search his name on the internet to find pretty damning rumors about him going back years. There are stories of his foot fetishes and how he acts them out on young extras alone in his office. There are stories about his relationships with his underage teenage stars and how they led to spin-off shows for the girls or blacklisting for those who didn’t participate.

Over the years many anonymous actors and users have told their stories on forums like Reddit and in chat rooms.

One of the greatest examples of an alleged child predator producer is Dan Schneider, who created and wrote Zoey 101, All That, Victorious, iCarly, The Amanda Show, Drake & Josh, and What I Like About You, and is the most successful writer/tv executive in Childrens Entertainment Television for the last thirty years.

Robert Downey Jr. allegedly wrote the following statement about Dan Schneider on Crazy Days and Nights under the screen name Himmmm:

Hes a monster. The WORST predator alive. And if you wonder why nobody will confront or charge him? Hes in charge of multiple HIT SHOWS for Nick which rakes in oceans of money. Tens of millions of dollars multiplied by many years and many shows (not to mention his merchandising royalties). So Viacom-Nick warn him to cool it – then pay for his damn lawyers.

What about the parents? No tweener parent who shoved their kid into the limelight from birth is going to cross him either, and risk career suicide and loss of revenue (and residuals and future career). No matter how bad it ****s up the kids. Especially if theres MULTIPLE kid actors in the family. And the kids agents are complicit too. Just ask the Spears family. A LOT of settlements get paid out of Viacoms accounts.

There have been rumors swirling about Dan Schneider for quite some time. Rumors that he is the father Jamie Lynn Spears daughter, got Amanda Bynes pregnant and paid for her abortion, and took the virginity of countless Nickelodeon starlettes. A quick Google search will show you how many people are catching onto this guy and questioning his innocence.

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There was also a recent post on Reddits r/TIL section about Schneider, and most of the comments highlight his creepy behavior and the fact that hes an alleged pedophile. One commenter even made an allegation about being paid $100 to have her feet tickled by Dan in the privacy of his office while working as an extra on The Amanda Show.

Much like a high-ranking priest, Dan Schneider (and many others like him) will probably never be exposed, unfortunately. But hey, thats showbiz, baby!

Completely independent of this story, I happened to be chatting with a former child actor over a week ago. We were discussing Weinstein and she told me that in her youth she worked on one of Schneider’s shows very briefly. She told me, “My friend was molested by that man…on set. Everyone knew it. No one said a word.”

She also said that he told her she was too fat to be famous. She was 11.

If Schneider is the monster people seem to believe he is, some things do fall into place. Jamie Lynn Spears was on track to eclipse her older sister in fame when she dropped out of Hollywood in “disgrace” because of her unplanned pregnancy. To this day she has never said a word about the real father of her child (and kudos to her for bringing her baby into the world). Amanda Bynes is an extremely gifted performer but tragically lost contact with reality for a while. She went on a now infamous twitter rant blaming her parents for basically making her a prostitute. It makes a lot more sense when you put it in the context of a Dan Schneider.

One Twitter user went to the trouble of compiling a collection of scenes from Schneider’s most famous shows. When seen in conjunction with each other they do point to a troubling pattern, to say the least.

This thread goes on forever and is well worth a look.

Sure, these are all rumors and conjecture right now, but so were the Weinstein rumors and we are now seeing the shocking scope of his behavior and the resulting coverup. It is important to look at this issue as one aspect of a much larger problem.

Recently Nickelodeon fired “The Loud House” showrunner Chris Savino after allegations of his sexual harassment of female colleagues surfaced. Almost a dozen women have come forward with accusations, and Savino has since issued a statement of admission and apology.

Two years ago a documentary on Hollywood pedophilia (An Open Secret – a film I intend to review here in the coming days) told the harrowing story of convicted pedophiles who are still working in Hollywood. They covered the story of Brian Peck, a producer/actor who pleaded guilty to child molestation back in 2004, served a quarter of his sentence and went back to work at Nickelodeon. The charge was brought against him by a child actor on one of his Nickelodeon shows. The actor remained anonymous and managed to keep working, despite the very rare victory of seeing his Tinsel Town abuser imprisoned. Not for nothing, Brian Peck is a good friend of director Brian Singer, who has also been accused over the years of pedophilia and sexual harassment.

Peck still works in the industry to this day.

This is still mostly rumors and conjectures. No accusations about Dan Schneider can be legally corroborated at this point.

But if I were that that dude, I’d be making plans to get out of dodge. The witch hunt is on, and this is one time in history it might ensnare some actual witches.

 

 

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On Cultural Appropriation at Halloween…and Why I’m All For It

I grew up in rural Canada in a time when the only black people anyone saw were on American television or in National Geographic. I was an anomaly, to say the least; a blight, to say the worst. The only people who ever thought of me as “pretty” were related to me (thanks, Mom!). I never had a boyfriend, was never asked on a date, and the only “compliment” any other girl ever gave me was that they wished they could tan to my complexion.

In other words, my race made me the ugly duckling.

Don’t feel sorry for me. I more than made up for it all when I left Canada for good and began my journey toward American citizenship. All I can say is – thank God there was no Facebook when I was in college!

I tell you all this to say that there was a significant period in my life where I felt invisible and inferior, as I suppose is the entire point of racism.

This Halloween we’re all getting the lectures from privileged millennials in coastal city apartments (often subsidized by mom and dad) about how we costume ourselves and our kids and what is appropriate or inappropriate appropriation. This season the particular admonishment is, “If you’re not of Asian-Pacific descent don’t dress your kid as Moana!”

Perspective is a vital part of wisdom, and many on the extreme left are lacking that very thing.

Here’s the thing: as a woman of color who lives in a majority white society where white women are held up in pop culture as the “beauty standard,” I find it gratifying that other girls would look at my daughter and say, “She’s beautiful. I want to look like her.” I love that young white girls and Asian girls and black girls look up to a beautifully brown, brave girl like Moana and say, “I want to be like her!”

And what does being “like her” mean at Halloween? It means putting on those stupid costumes and scratchy wigs and pretending to be someone you’re not. It means being in someone else’s skin for a night, and having fun doing it.

Sure, these little non-brown girls will go back to their non-brown lives the next day. But for a moment they stepped into the shoes of my own little girl, who isn’t generally looked at as a “typical American beauty.” For a moment they will have been a bit envious of her hair texture, her caramel skin, her curves. For a moment they have appreciated that beauty and laid aside that “privilege” the left loves to tout so much. For a moment they get to be a different kind of beautiful.

If those girls wanted to pull a Rachael Dolezal or a Shaun King then yes, that is cultural appropriation.

If they just want to be pretty and strong for a night, why would we discourage any young girl from that? As someone who has had to reconcile my race with my beauty and value in the face of cruel bigotry, I find it utterly flattering and, frankly, a relief to see that we have progressed far enough that little white girls can look at girls and women of color and say, “I want to be like her!”

Not brown, not black, not “tan”…strong and beautiful. And now we’re going to complain that those people are somehow disrespecting our identity?

Not me. I’m happy for anyone to look at my skin, my culture, my race and say “I wish I could be that beautiful.”

And at the end of the day, it’s just Halloween. Everyone can just get over themselves for one night.

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