The stories of powerful men exposed as serial sexual predators reveals what some of us already know, society is awash with toxic masculinity with rape culture thrown in the poisonous mix. Some dudes with wealth and power believe they can do whatever they want to whomever they want and get away with it. But in recent years, they’re learning that all the money in the world can’t protect them from revelations bringing to light their predatory behaviors.
I wrote about how the New York Times reported on the numerous sexual assault allegations levied against former Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly and how the accusers were paid tens of millions of dollars by the network. He had long since been removed from the conservative media giant’s lineup.
After the legal troubles he’s been having, one would think O’Reilly would see the error of his ways. So, he apparently did some reflecting, and started to blame the cause of his problems. God.
“You know, am I mad at God? Yeah, I’m mad at him,” O’Reilly said on the latest episode of his web series, “No Spin News.” “I wish I had more protection. I wish this stuff didn’t happen. I can’t explain it to you. Yeah, I’m mad at him.”
You’re right, Bill. You can’t explain it, because it makes no damn sense!
But the thing I noticed with overprivileged males, including white and(or) conservative, is that they supposedly believe in a little something called personal responsibility. It’s that concept that only YOU are responsible for YOUR actions. That means that if you fuck something up, you only have yourself to blame.
A lot of us men (and many of those on the right) have missed out on that department, but on the other hand, we have no problem preaching it to others. We just can’t take it if we’re the ones that are the damn problem! And yet, we refuse to see the hypocrisy of it all.
So, it’s God’s fault that O’Reilly is a dirty old man that won’t control his urges. The Lord should’ve been more responsible handling O’Reilly’s situation. Oy vey!