SF Chronicle: In the wake of #MeToo, celebrity redemption is a ‘problematic placebo’
The San Francisco Chronicle’s Arts & Entertainment section ran a feature story about celebrity “#MeToo redemption stories,” or celebrities who are trying to make comebacks after being publicly shamed for sexual misconduct.
ERA Executive Director Noreen Farrell is quoted in the story, including:
“I think redemption stories are a problematic placebo,” she says. “They’re not only a distraction from the real heroes of the #MeToo movement, the survivors; it’s actually potentially dangerous.”
These stories work like a fresh coat of paint for a wall covered with mold.
“It’s society’s inclination to find a Band-Aid,” Farrell says. “One has to show that they’re really part of the solution and not the problem. ‘I’m sorry’ isn’t enough anymore.”
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