This is a question that was bounced around the other day on the TV show "The View."
I thought it was a good question, and one I've been thinking about a lot lately.
After all, there's been a bounty of famous people who have been alleged to have said or done God-awful things or who have been actually caught saying or doing them.
Should they all lose their careers? Should they be banished forever? Should they ever be allowed to get their lives back?
I can be as judgy as the next person but, sorry, I can go there. At least not yet. Not for every single one of them. It feels too McCarthy-ish.
But I do have a short list of people I think deserve to be permanently banned for life, which is probably a lot different than yours:
- Harvey Weinstein
- Mel Gibson
- OJ Simpson
Yes, there are a lot of other names who I could put on my potential hit-list, especially the individuals with a long line of creditable people accusing them of sexual harassment and/or abuse.
But then what about our president who we've actually heard bragging about grabbing a woman's "pussy" (his word, never mine) and who's been accused by 13 women of sexual misconduct? (And, yes, I'm well aware of Bill Clinton's misdeeds, but that was a different time, and he's no longer president.)
How is Trump's behavior OK, but James Franco and Billy Bush have vanished from sight and not by choice? Doesn't seem quite fair and balanced. At least not to me.
There are others who I'd like to see banned for life, but it's debatable whether or not they deserve it. Rod Blagojevich comes to mind. If we never hear from him again it will be too soon for moi.
But if we're going to ban someone for being, well, obnoxious or stupid (Aziz Ansari), we all better start queuing up.
Then there are some people I'd like to see come back from the declared dead. Kathy Griffin and Al Franken are two of them.
And, of course, there's the dilemma of whether or not it's alright to enjoy the work of certain people who've stepped in it? Woody Allen, anyone? Or the heavenly music of Richard Wagner, who was a virulent anti-Semite?
The whole discussion is making me dizzy.
What about you? Do you have a short list of people you'd like to see banned for life? Please, do tell. Nothing like a little shared negativity to bring us all together.
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