Ellen Degeneres is getting dragged for this 'sexist' joke about Katy Perry
Well, the culture wars, as we all expected, rage on. Sexual harassment, of course, has consumed Hollywood/music/media, totally revealing malicious behavior saturating American industries. Ellen Degeneres has come out strong against it, but now she's being called out by some for making a comment that is technically very sexist, if said by a man.
What does calling out Ellen, or anyone for that matter, do? Well, it makes people feel good for a brief time, and emotionally validated. It doesn't do much else. It's a culture war - it is endless, aimless, and painful. You already know that! We've been living through it for at least 3-4 years by now.
So, here's what Ellen said that has everyone all riled up, on the topic of Katy Perry:
Plenty of voices on the right and center were quick to call this out, declaring that if Ellen Degeneres had been a man, she would be considered extremely problematic and would be called out by the left and SJWs. And I mean, yeah, they're right. If a man said this exact thing, it would be taken in a completely different direction.
But what's really the point? We can't just drag people, we have to consider their intentions. Ellen pretty clearly does not have bad intentions. Like, I don't think she desires any ill will or sexual harassment toward Katy Perry, and that's what's important.
We can't just mindlessly drag people - we have to think about if it's justified, or worthwhile.
Yeah, there's a double-standard. But some double-standards are real, I guess. If a man says it, it is just fundamentally creepier. Sure, it could be said to contribute to a culture of objectification, though. Ellen is definitely participating in that. But not harassment.
Honestly, when it comes to being problematic, everyone's a bit guilty. It's like original sin. Anyone casting stones probably has skeletons in their closet.
On the topic of sexual harassment, Ellen said:
“This is not a male thing or a female thing, it is not a Hollywood or political thing, this is a human thing and it happens in the workplace, it happens in families, it happens all over the world and we are all the same. We all want the same thing, we want respect, love and kindness. And if I could have those three things and an iPhone X, I’d be happy.”
She sounds sincere, and I don't really see the value in dragging her. I don't really see the value of dragging anybody. See, calling out problematic celebrity behavior is strategically absolutely useless, as a tactic for stopping societal ills, it has no value. It's just another subgenre of entertainment, it's not politics. I know it feels like everything is politics. But there is seriously no work being done for women by calling out problematic behavior online. It's been going on for years, and if anything, has only made things worse.
End call-out culture for SJWs and opportunist right-wingers alike, please. Nobody is helped by this kind of stuff, left or right.