Norm MacDonald: I’m Happy the #MeToo Movement Has ‘Slowed Down a Little Bit’
Comedian Norm Macdonald thinks the #MeToo movement just isn’t fair.
While his new Netflix program, aptly titled Norm Macdonald Has a Show, is set to premiere Friday, he told The Hollywood Reporter in a recent interview that he wouldn’t get into punditry and politics, except for when he did just that.
Aside from decrying “lunacy” on both sides of the aisle and calling Roseanne Barr “a very left-wing person,” Macdonald tore into the nation’s widespread reckoning with sexual assault and harassment, saying he’s “happy the #MeToo movement has slowed down a little bit.”
That assessment follows massive upheaval at CBS where C.E.O. Les Moonves is making his exit after a number of women accused him of sexual misconduct spanning decades.
“It used to be, ‘One hundred women can’t be lying,'” Macdonald told THR according to its article published Tuesday. “And then it became, ‘One woman can’t lie.’ And that became, ‘I believe all women.’ And then you’re like, ‘What?’ Like, that Chris Hardwick guy I really thought got the blunt end of the stick there.”
To recap, Hardwick, another comedian, landed himself in trouble earlier this year following allegations he abused Chloe Dykstra, his former girlfriend.
Despite the slew of stories about major players in the news media and entertainment industries (to name only a couple), a list which includes Harvey Weinstein, Bill O’Reilly, Charlie Rose, Bill Cosby, Matt Lauer, and others, Macdonald feels no one can recover once their secret is out.
“The model used to be admit wrongdoing, show complete contrition, and then we give you a second chance,” he told THR. “Now it’s admit wrongdoing and you’re finished. And so the only way to survive is to deny, deny, deny. That’s not healthy — that there is no forgiveness. I do think that at some point it will end with a completely innocent person of prominence sticking a gun in his head and ending it. That’s my guess. I know a couple of people this has happened to.”
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