Losing Lauer

I can’t believe the news on Matt Lauer.

I literally grew up watching him on the news; he began working on the Today show in 1997, I myself was born in 1996. I’d be lying if I said Lauer wasn’t a reason I watched the news and decided I wanted it to be a part of my life.

With all the accusations against Men especially in heavy positions it has me wondering whether or not every one is true.

There are some that feel these are jokes, that “why wouldn’t you want him to touch you” idea…

And then there are some people that completely object these men right away, after the slightest allegation is made.

People I’ve heard over the years say for the simplest things “if there’s no picture, there’s no proof” whether that’s downing a beer or kissing a crush, silly things or even outrageously private things. Obviously, it’s a joke for some, and not for others.

With Matt Lauer, immediate action has been taken to firing him — a smart move, considering all the instances lately in the news, with Weinstein and Spacey being the biggest names in Hollywood so far… but Matt Lauer? Does Matt Lauer belong with them in the same blacklisted position?

Back in the 50s there were these allegations against Directors, writers, actors etc. relating to communism, and if even the slightest relation such as an ex-girlfriend or ex-boyfriend or distant relative’s so much as became involved with any communist act, they were blacklisted. Not fired outright, but safe to say let go.

These days with the use of social media, any story at all can be put out, it can be considered to be true, and especially spread as fast as computably possible (thank you twitter, Facebook, etc.).

It’s a shame an official investigation hasn’t taken place yet for Lauer, and most certainly remains for even higher levels of persuasion for our country despite numerous amounts of evidence ready for years and years before higher positions were taken.

In Matt Lauer’s case, 20 years of complete silence all of a sudden to be exposed for sexual misconduct from an incident over 16 years ago? It seems really unordinary. And like many cases, people bandwagon on the back of them whether it’s to get money or fame.

It doesn’t look good for anyone, really.

Making something clear, pointing out that accusing someone of sexual misconduct is a serious matter and it most definitely is not an easy thing to do for the person accusing. Especially if the person in question is loved by many– who Would want to ruin their reputation?

That’s right, no one.

BUT, even though NBC handled Lauer’s case as many would hope for it to be handled, can we really believe it? Those that know him, whether through a screen or in-person… is it really possible?

How are we to say he has or not– we already see him in a kind light. But for people who solely know him from recent events in the last couple of days– don’t all of a sudden act like you know who the man is and “tea has been spilled” or some odd thing like that solely because this is the hot topic at the moment.

Someones life is at stake here, and are we 100% sure it should be, yet?

There is one main accusation, and that is the one where in 2001 he had sex with a woman, also employed by NBC. There are two more women that have reached out- event’s that happened in 2014 at the winter olympics.

Sex is something entirely different from being forced to have sex. Wanting to have sex is entirely different from being pressured to have sex. And, Forcing yourself on someone has Never been romantic nor a kind thought… so why do people have this idea that it is okay?

Because it’s been normalized and is just now beginning to be moved out of the workplace- hopefully however, with the right actions, mindset, and allegations agasint someone and their livelihood / what they’ve worked for.

Why would someone who’s worked their ass off to get to any kind of position of power, threaten to lose that power by senseless acting?

And yes, no one is perfect, but when its continuous and seen throughout time at different points… there’s a clear point towards whether or not someone is guilty.

Normally I’d say give me all the proof you can, I’ll look it over, do my own research, and decided my thoughts from there. But with the case of Lauer, I can’t accept that he is to be categorized with the likes of Weinstein, Spacey, or any other obvious threat to entertainment and media until I see fool-proof what he’s being accused of.

 

 

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