Hollywood and DC: Never Our Betters and Often Much Worse

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Hollywood and DC: Never Our Betters and Often Much Worse

by baldilocks

Wretchard goes long on the unmask­ing of the two Hol­ly­woods:

In the unend­ing exposes of finan­cial, moral and sex­ual turpi­tude we are wit­ness­ing a sim­i­lar humil­i­a­tion of a rul­ing elite. The crit­i­cal role played by pres­tige in uphold­ing the cur­rent sta­tus quo was no less impor­tant for the West­ern elite than it was for the old Dis­trict Com­mis­sion­ers. Not so very long ago the elites were accepted as woke, part of the mis­sion civil­isatrice; bet­ter edu­cated, bet­ter look­ing, bet­ter dressed, des­tined to greater things, the smartest peo­ple in the room. They could pro­nounce on mat­ters of moral­ity, pol­i­tics and even the cli­mate. What a shock it was to find through the Inter­net and social media it was all a sham; and these gods of Wash­ing­ton and Hol­ly­wood and the media were deeply flawed and despi­ca­ble people.

Given the lack of qual­ity con­trol and pen­chant for recruit­ing rather than expelling the scan­dalous it’s amaz­ing in ret­ro­spect the pres­tige lasted so long. All the same, now their fal­li­bil­ity has been exposed under the spot­light of tech­no­log­i­cal inno­va­tion, the spell is bro­ken. The elites may still rule but the sullen masses no longer flock to their door as they did of old. Per­haps the sin­gle most desta­bi­liz­ing polit­i­cal devel­op­ment since the WW2 has been the destruc­tion of rul­ing class pres­tige by the Internet.

I’ve read that, before World War II, those of the enter­tain­ment class were regarded as lit­tle bet­ter than pimps and pros­ti­tutes. Per­haps that has never actu­ally changed; they sim­ply have been giv­ing the pub­lic a mas­sive, long-​running stage per­for­mance – where the stage is our per­cep­tion of them. And now the show’s over.

But what about those other actors? The ones we are forced to pay?

In case you haven’t paid atten­tion to the news today, Rep. John Cony­ers (D-​MI) has been exposed – if you’ll pardon

[cap­tion id=“attachment_102923” align=“alignright” width=“150”] Cony­ers’ come-​hither look[/caption]

the expres­sion – as a ser­ial sex­ual harasser. Meh. His creepi­ness has always been as plain as the leer on his face, at least to me. But he has paid at least one vic­tim off with tax money. He is far from the only one. Very far.

Con­gress makes its own rules about the han­dling of sex­ual com­plaints against mem­bers and staff, pass­ing laws exempt­ing it from prac­tices that apply to other employers. (…)

Con­gres­sional employ­ees have received small set­tle­ments, com­pared with the amounts some pub­lic fig­ures pay out. Between 1997 and 2014, the U.S. Trea­sury has paid $15.2 mil­lion in 235 awards and set­tle­ments for Capi­tol Hill work­place vio­la­tions, accord­ing to the con­gres­sional Office of Com­pli­ance. The sta­tis­tics do not break down the exact nature of the violations.

15 mil­lion dol­lars of tax money over two decades. And they hid it by dis­guis­ing it as employee bonuses. But the vic­tims will receive the money only if they keep their mouths shut. What I want to know is who the other con­gres­sional harassers are.

You might have noticed that I haven’t com­mented on the Roy Moore sit­u­a­tion at all. Why not? Because I don’t live in Alabama and there’s too much he-​said/​they-​said, too much fishy evi­dence, and far, far too much Glo­ria Allred. If the accu­sa­tions are true, Moore can’t be pros­e­cuted because of the statute of lim­i­ta­tions. There­fore, one way or the other, if the vot­ers want him as their US Sen­a­tor, it’s their business.

I really don’t care about the legal sex lives of Pretty Hol­ly­wood or Ugly Hol­ly­wood, as long as I don’t have to give them my money to clean up their messes. And at least with Pretty Hol­ly­wood – and with the National Felon League – I can’t be extorted by them for hush-​money.

There­fore, Ugly Hol­ly­wood is far uglier and far more dan­ger­ous than the Pretty one.

As one of my friends pointed out, the Found­ing Fathers would be OPSEC OPSEC OPSEC by now.

RELATED: Short Obser­va­tion on the Two Hollywoods

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by baldilocks

Wretchard goes long on the unmasking of the two Hollywoods:

In the unending exposes of financial, moral and sexual turpitude we are witnessing a similar humiliation of a ruling elite. The critical role played by prestige in upholding the current status quo was no less important for the Western elite than it was for the old District Commissioners. Not so very long ago the elites were accepted as woke, part of the mission civilisatrice; better educated, better looking, better dressed, destined to greater things, the smartest people in the room.  They could pronounce on matters of morality, politics and even the climate.  What a shock it was to find through the Internet and social media it was all a sham; and these gods of Washington and Hollywood and the media were deeply flawed and despicable people.

Given the lack of quality control and penchant for recruiting rather than expelling the scandalous it’s amazing in retrospect the prestige lasted so long.  All the same, now their fallibility has been exposed under the spotlight of technological innovation, the spell is broken.  The elites may still rule but the sullen masses no longer flock to their door as they did of old.  Perhaps the single most destabilizing political development since the WW2 has been the destruction of ruling class prestige by the Internet.

I’ve read that, before World War II, those of the entertainment class were regarded as little better than pimps and prostitutes. Perhaps that has never actually changed; they simply have been giving the public a massive, long-running stage performance – where the stage is our perception of them. And now the show’s over.

But what about those other actors? The ones we are forced to pay?

In case you haven’t paid attention to the news today, Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) has been exposed – if you’ll pardon

Conyers’ come-hither look

the expression – as a serial sexual harasser. Meh. His creepiness has always been as plain as the leer on his face, at least to me. But he has paid at least one victim off with tax money. He is far from the only one. Very far.

Congress makes its own rules about the handling of sexual complaints against members and staff, passing laws exempting it from practices that apply to other employers. (…)

Congressional employees have received small settlements, compared with the amounts some public figures pay out. Between 1997 and 2014, the U.S. Treasury has paid $15.2 million in 235 awards and settlements for Capitol Hill workplace violations, according to the congressional Office of Compliance. The statistics do not break down the exact nature of the violations.

15 million dollars of tax money over two decades. And they hid it by disguising it as employee bonuses. But the victims will receive the money only if they keep their mouths shut. What I want to know is who the other congressional harassers  are.

You might have noticed that I haven’t commented on the Roy Moore situation at all. Why not? Because I don’t live in Alabama and there’s too much he-said/they-said, too much fishy evidence, and far, far too much Gloria Allred. If the accusations are true, Moore can’t be prosecuted because of the statute of limitations. Therefore, one way or the other, if the voters want him as their US Senator, it’s their business.

I really don’t care about the legal sex lives of Pretty Hollywood or Ugly Hollywood, as long as I don’t have to give them my money to clean up their messes. And at least with Pretty Hollywood – and with the National Felon League – I can’t be extorted by them for hush-money.

Therefore, Ugly Hollywood is far uglier and far more dangerous than the Pretty one.

As one of my friends pointed out, the Founding Fathers would be OPSEC OPSEC OPSEC by now.

RELATED: Short Observation on the Two Hollywoods

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel tentatively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Follow her on Twitter and on Gab.ai.

Please contribute to Juliette’s JOB:  Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

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