BELOVED HOST GETS FIRED FOR HIS BEDROOM HABITS
Like a bout of explosive diarrhea, Jian Ghomeshi’s separation from the CBC came out of nowhere. It started on Oct. 26, a lazy Sunday, when CBC announced via Twitter that they decided to end their professional relationship with Ghomeshi.
“CBC says its relationship with Jian Ghomeshi has come to an end. Decision was made with ‘serious deliberation’ and ‘careful consideration,’” read the Tweet, blasted from the CBC News Alerts account. Immediately, this took over social media, with people showing unwavering support for the beloved host of Q, a popular radio program that airs on weekdays at 10 am. At first, it was unclear as to what the CBC was carefully deliberating about, but it didn’t take long for those details to surface.
The CBC decided to part ways with Ghomeshi because of his interest in bondage sex and his kinky bedroom habits. This is where the undying support for an admired public figure becomes dangerous. According to Ghomeshi, the CBC fired him because of his adventurous sex life, something that should be kept private and not be the concern of an employer. As Ghomeshi said, a jaded ex-lover complied evidence against him, and coerced other women to come out with accusations against him. “She found some sympathetic ears by painting herself as a victim and turned this into a campaign,” Ghomeshi wrote in a public statement. He claims he has nothing to hide and has complied evidence to support this claim that he never embarked on erotic role playing that was non-consensual. While he was doing this, his ex-lover was digging into his past relationships and eight women have come out with statements against Ghomeshi saying that he forced sex on them — eight different women, all with different and serious claims.
While the methods of how these details came to light are questionable, and the women responsible may want to check her moral compass, so may the number of supporters blindly standing up for Ghomeshi. He is being accused of assault, which needs to be taken seriously. If there is even the slightest bit of truth to these claims, it’s a big fucking deal. Women are victimized and sexually harassed daily, and according to Sexassult.ca, for every 100 rapes, only 6 get reported. 94 out of every 100 cases don’t get reported for fear of slut shaming, defamation and not being taken as seriously as they should be. If we want to create a culture that is more welcoming for women to speak out against their abusers, thus having a greater chance of decreasing sexual assault, then as a society, we need to take every claim, no matter how complicated, seriously.
After Ghomeshi released his public statement on the evening of Oct. 26, explaining his side of the story, fans and supporters were quick to stand by his side, without asking more questions. What we have to remember is that Ghomeshi is educated, well-spoken and adored. He could read us the instruction manual for a new coffee maker and we would be riveted. He’s good at what he does and therefore he can likely talk his way out of sexual assault claims. Twitter has been flooded with tweets supporting Ghomeshi and blaming the CBC for this “mistake.” By the next morning, only 12 hours after going public with his statement, it had received over 99,000 likes and 39,000 shares on Facebook. This compiled with the comments expressing concern, support and praise for telling the truth, one thing is certain: we are quick to judge this situation, and for the most part, we are standing by the man.
This is a symptom of our desire for instant news and heavy social media relationship. Before we have facts at all, we are deciding what side of the line we want to be on. But we need to be cautious. The most concerning part is that every like and re-tweet in support of Ghomeshi is sadly a sentiment of slut shaming to the three women who have spoken out against him. Even if they were provoked to speak out by the “jilted” ex-lover, those women must be terrified. This is evidence that coming out about sexual assualt is no easy feat, and showcases our rape culture in Canada.
While this opinion may read as a support of his attackers and against Ghomeshi, it’s not. What I am in support of is the facts and truth, neither manipulated nor vengeful. If this was the work of an angry ex trying to frame a Canadian icon, then yes, absolutely, shame on the CBC and her. However, Ghomeshi is facing severe allegations, and they need to be taken seriously. I’m not saying he’s to blame, as everyone deserves a fair and just trial. I’m saying that he is better with a pen and guiding our opinions in his favour than his accusers are. We have to take that into account as more revelations come to light.
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