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Posted Thursday 9/27/18 at 1:43PM EDT
Is SNL's famous 1991 Clarence Thomas hearing sketch problematic in the #MeToo era?
Source: The Washington Post
The October 1991 sketch featuring Tim Meadows as the future U.S. Supreme Court nominee and Ellen Cleghorne as Anita Hill still resonates today because Saturday Night Live addressed the sexual harassment issue head-on, says Travis M. Andrews. It might even serve as a guide for SNL when it tackles the Brett Kavanaugh hearing on the Season 44 premiere on Saturday. But the sketch can also be seen as problematic because the sketch “reduces the whole issue to gags about sex,” as Allison Yarrow wrote in a Washington Post article about the sketch, which featured Al Franken, when Franken was going through his sexual misconduct scandal last year. Longtime SNL writer Jack Handey, who conceived of the sketch, tells Andrews that the sketch “was one of those rare occasions when the idea just hits you like a bolt from the blue," adding "to my mind, good political humor proceeds first from a funny idea, not from the editorial point you want to make. If the silliness makes a point, that’s fine, but secondary.”
Posted Wednesday 9/26/18 at 2:44PM EDT
Does HBO's 2016 Anita Hill hearing film Confirmation still hold up?
Source: The Ringer
Released in April 2016, Confirmation feels both ahead of and out of step with 2018, says Alison Herman after rewatching the film on the 1991 Clarence Thomas Supreme Court confirmation hearings and Hill's sexual harassment allegations in advance of Thursday's scheduled U.S. Senate hearing on sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. "Rewatching Confirmation with an eye toward (Kavanaugh accuser Dr. Christine Blasey) Ford’s approaching testimony Thursday is, frankly, grueling," says Herman of the TV movie, which starred Kerry Washington as Hill and Wendell Pierce as Thomas. On the one hand, the film anticipated the #MeToo movement that would begin one-and-half-years later. Yet "the story already feels out of step with current thinking about the intersection between sexual politics and electoral ones," she says. Herman adds that the film's "harsh indictment of Washington’s power structure doesn’t imagine a future where 'sexual harassment and assault are wrong' has become a partisan issue. Still, the battle lines they do draw end up making a deeper, more enduring point, one that threatens to outlast the current dispute. The fundamental distinction that drives Confirmation isn’t between Democrats—who were in the majority and 11 of whom voted for Thomas—and Republicans. It’s between women and men who protect one another."
Posted Thursday 8/02/18 at 3:05AM EDT
CBS board hires two high-powered law firms to investigate Les Moonves, CBS News, and "cultural issues at all levels of CBS"
The board announced Tuesday it has hired the law firms Covington & Burling and Debevoise & Plimpton to "conduct a full investigation of the allegations in recent press reports about Chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves, CBS News and cultural issues at all levels of CBS." The board also named a special committee to oversee the investigation. Moonves will have no role in the investigation.
- Civil rights attorney Lisa Bloom, who briefly represented Harvey Weinstein, says the CBS board hired "Big Law defense firms" that would only give Moonves a "wrist slap"
- Moonves exits the Anita Hill-led commission on sexual misconduct
- CBS News president David Rhodes reportedly told his staff the new revelations “test your capacity for disappointment"
- USC School of Cinematic Arts suspends Moonves from its board
Posted Monday 7/30/18 at 1:49PM EDT
John Oliver devoted nearly 30 minutes last night to workplace sexual harassment, including an extended interview with Anita Hill
Last Week Tonight spent 29 minutes of its expanded 39-minute runtime last night on the timely topic of workplace sexual harassment, which resurfaced in the news Friday due to Les Moonves' CBS sexual misconduct scandal. The segment concluded with a lengthy interview with Hill, who famously accused then–Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas in 1991. “We’ve seen a lot of men say that they are absolutely terrified to be alone with a woman now. Should they be scared?” asked Oliver. “Not if they’re not harassers,” said Hill. "(False claims) are so rare, and it seems to me that we don’t need to make rules around the things that rarely happen until we’ve finished up making rules around the things that are happening regularly.”
Posted Tuesday 11/07/17 at 3:26PM EST
CNN to air a sexual harassment town hall featuring Anita Hill and Gretchen Carlson
Source: The Hill
Tipping Point: Sexual Harassment in America airs Thursday at 9 p.m. E.T. with New Day anchor Alisyn Camerota hosting. Carlson settled with Fox News last year after accusing Roger Ailes of sexually harassing her. Hill generated headlines in 1991 when she accused Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment at his Supreme Court confirmation.