I met a cheerleader, was a real young bleeder, all the times I could reminisce. But then my next-door neighbor with a daughter had a favor, so I gave her just a little kiss a-like this.”
— Aerosmith, “Walk this Way”
For some reason, I was reminded of this song the other day. While I was always aware of the naughty nature of the lyrics, it’s really come starkly into view just how horrific it is given all the crap coming out of Hollywood and the U.S. political arena of late.
Harvey Weinstein... Louis C.K... Roy Moore... James Toback... Kevin Spacey... Bill Cosby... and any number of other high-power, influential men taking advantage of women and girls and boys. Sexually harassing them. Intimidating them. Taking advantage of them. Groping them. Raping them.
[image courtesy of abovethelaw.com]
It’s disgusting. It’s wrong. It’s unforgivable.
It’s astounding the scope of it all. All ages. All cultures.
I'm only seventeen, but I'll show you love like you've never seen. She's only seventeen, daddy says she's too young, but she's old enough for me.
— Winger, “Seventeen”
And then I’m reminded of songs from the likes of Aerosmith and Winger and it makes me start to wonder who else has committed similar atrocious acts that have yet to be revealed. Even my favorite band is guilty.
It’s a sticky situation when she ain’t old enough to vote.
— Kiss, “Domino”
Oh god. How much more will come out in the coming months and years? And why has such behavior been condoned for so damn long? Be it the actual act or even just the implied act as in the songs referenced above.
The music industry has some coming out in the form of Crystal Castles vocalist Alice Glass accusing her bandmate Ethan Kath of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse (he is suing her for defamation of character).
There are inklings of allegations coming from Bollywood now and given how insanely large that industry is (bigger than Hollywood), and given how much more marginalized women are in Indian culture, this could get crazy... If the women are ever willing to name their abusers.
Sure, it may sound like I’m lamenting this happening. Like I wish it weren’t coming to light. Honestly, yes, I wish it weren’t coming to light. But not because it shouldn’t. Only because I wish it wasn’t happening in the first place and, therefore, there was nothing to have to come out. That maybe we could treat our fellow human beings like, well, human beings! And that we could be civil and respectful and caring of each other regardless of gender, race, culture, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, and age.
Why is that so damn difficult?
Can you answer that for me?
We live in a world of rampant douchebaggery.
And I’m sick of it.