Sexual Harassment - a Moving Standard

by Placerville Newswire / Dec 02, 2017 / comments

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Bristol Palin, the daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, watched as recent accusations of sexual misconduct ended the careers of high-profile figures in media, entertainment and politics.

She kept up with the #MeToo movement, where countless women have taken to social media to say that they too are victims of sexual harassment, assault and even rape.

Now, she has decided to speak out.

While Palin wrote in a blog post published Friday that she was “truly amazed by the unity that has been brought on by these courageous women (and men),” she noted that there is one thing “wrong” with the #MeToo campaign.

The media, Palin claimed, has a double standard when it comes to reporting on allegations of sexual harassment.

“What we need to look at is a real TRUE standard that needs to be set,” she wrote. “But here’s a question. How do we pick and choose whom to hold accountable? Why aren’t we looking at all of the sexual harassment? Why are some things ‘just a joke’ for some, and serious offenses for others?”

Palin asserted that it’s time “to come together and treat sexual harassment the same, no matter what side of the aisle you may be on.”

Her argument is not just based on conjecture. Instead, she claims that at least seven well-known celebrities harassed her or her family. The media, she said, did nothing.

“Are you ready to hold these people accountable?” Palin asked. “Here is a small example of what our family has gone though.”

The first name Palin put forth was that of Fox News host Chris Wallace. In 2010, radio host Don Imus asked Wallace, who was preparing to interview Palin, if, “When you interview her, will she be sitting on your lap?

“One can only hope,” Wallace replied, according to CNN.

“Did Wallace receive any consequences for this kind of sexual harassment?” Palin asked. “None. No one at Fox Radio batted an eye with his violent misogynist rant — in fact he’s still celebrated.

Palin then went on to talk about late night talk show host David Letterman, who in 2009 made an inappropriate remark directed at the Palin family. Letterman joked that one of Sarah Palin’s daughters got “knocked up” by New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez at a Yankees game.

Letterman claimed he was talking about Bristol Palin, who was 18 at the time. Sarah Palin, though, pointed out that then-14-year-old Willow had attended the game.

“Did he get reprimanded by CBS for this? No, no one batted an eye at it,” Bristol wrote.

The next name on her list was rapper Azeala Banks. In 2016, the entertainer advocated for Palin to be raped.

“Sarah Palin needs to have her hair shaved off to a buzz cut, get headf—ed by a big veiny, ashy, black d— then be locked in a cupboard,” Banks tweeted.

Later, she added, “Honestly… Let’s find the burliest blackest n—-s and let them run a train on her. Film it and put it on worldstar.”

Bristol Palin noted that Banks received no consequences for her tweets, and Twitter even allowed her keep her account open.

In 2011, former boxer Mike Tyson made similarly graphic remarks about the former governor of Alaska.

Up next was former “Fox & Friends” host and current CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota, who asked Sarah Palin in 2011 about her breasts.

“Harassing lines of questioning like that is to sexualize the female guest, thus discrediting the important issues she’s there to discuss,” said Bristol. “Gee, I wonder why voters have a hard time taking female politicians seriously when a news organization is more interested in the size of their bra than their brain?”

Finally, she called out two rappers — Macklemore and Eminem — for making sexual references to her mother in two of their songs.

Palin concluded that she is trying to “point out a very real issue – as a society, we cannot have double standards on sexual issues. We won’t fix it until victims of all political stripes are treated with respect and dignity!”

“Sexual harassment will never change when we have the double standards that we do today,” she wrote. “This isn’t about me or my family. Though the comments that have been made about us are horrible, this movement is way bigger than that.”