"In 2003, actress Meryl Streep gave the paedophile film director Roman Polanski a standing ovation at the Oscars for his award for Best Director.
In 2017, comedian Louis C.K. - a multi-talented comedian, writer, director and actor, has his fine film shelved/denied release because he had consensual sexual behaviour with adult women - behaviour that didn't even involve physical contact.
Now, much like I did 15 years ago with The Pianist, I was able to watch this film outside of the context of the predicament of it's writer/director/editor/producer/lead actor. And it's a wonderful movie - it's production and soundtrack are superb; it's a self-aware narrative about the difficulties of life that don't go away just because you're rich and famous; the struggle of raising teenagers; and it's a study of human sexuality, how difficult it is to reconcile our morality with our desires, about boundaries; and it also appears to be a thinly-veiled study of Woody Allen, in the character of Leslie Goodwin, a film director in his 60's that likes 'young women' played wonderfully by John Malkovich. In fact, all the performances are top notch. C.K. has shown his incredible talent in his stand-up, and his TV shows, particularly Horace & Pete, which is completely unique and unlike anything else I've ever seen. He's a true artist and I sincerely hope he can make a comeback, but I'm not holding my breath.
It's an understatement to say that it's a different Hollywood we are experiencing now, folks. A world where a YouTuber can make a video about a Simpsons character - one stereotype in a cast FULL of stereotypes - and get the voice artist of that character to apologise for his great talent, 20 years of work, on a popular late night TV show. A world where famous dudes can have a bad date and get raked over the coals by online armies of hateful, bitter people. Has the pendulum swung too far as a result of the #metoo movement? You bet it has. Maybe it's social media echo chambers that are to blame. Maybe it's all this victim/oppression/intersectional feminist mindset on the left; the ideological opposite of the right wing identarians known as the Alt-Right. Polarisation appears to be increasing - a sign that things will get worse before they get better.
Now, I'm not here to say that Louis C.K.'s behaviour was beyond reproach; I am however saying that much like Polanski, he is a very talented artist who has produced many works that are deserving of an audience, despite his sexual proclivities. Is enjoying this film an endorsement of sexual harassment? Of course not, no more than it was with The Pianist 15 years ago. Where was the moral indignation back then? Perhaps we could ask the talented and successful Meryl Streep...or was she a victim of the Oppresive Patriarchy, too?
We live in a world where the consensus media reality is a miasma of post-modern post-logic. I don't believe it will prosper for too long as the identity politicians have a tendency to be self-consuming. The sooner they eat their own tails and disappear, the better."
- Credited to "meatier#####"