Conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos has faced a gauntlet of backlash after an old interview with him describing his molestation as a young teenager in positive terms resurfaced. It was, to be sure, an unsettling representation of the pundit, and one which has rightly drawn some criticism.
However, it wasn’t long after that before a similar recording surfaced of another interview, this one involving liberal luminary George Takei. In it, the former “Star Trek” actor and prolific social media firebrand — who, like Yiannopoulos, is gay — described his molestation by a camp counselor in similarly glowing terms.
And where’s the outrage? Nowhere to be seen.
Heat Street reported that in a 2006 interview on Howard Stern’s radio show, Takei described how he was molested at summer camp at age 13 by a 19-year-old camp counselor. (WARNING: This is highly graphic material and is not safe for work. Reader discretion is not only advised, but seriously urged.)
“We were in the cabin,” Takei said, while the other campers “were off hiking or something.”
“And he sat down and he touched you … Were you molested in a sense, because you were 13?” Stern asked Takei.
“No, no. Cause I was kind of, you know — well, I thought he was pretty attractive,” Takei said.
Takei described the experience, in which the older boy manually stimulated him to orgasm, as “both wonderful and scary and kind of intimidating, and delightful. I mean, all those opposites.”
Now, this is clearly child molestation, and Takei is clearly speaking about it in a positive light — in much the same way Milo Yiannopoulos did. And, what’s happened to him? Last I checked, he was still the spokesman for Pizza Hut and Taco Bell.
This is hardly the first time that this sort of thing has been overlooked on the left, either. The most prominent example I can remember was playwright Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues,” one of the most celebrated feminist pieces of literature in the past half-century. The original version included a 13-year-old describing how she was molested by an older woman, and then declaiming that, “If it was rape, it was a good rape.” Even though those words were excised from later versions, essentially an admittance of just how wrong they were, Ensler has continued to be celebrated as a scion of the left.
This is the double standard. We obviously do not think that the comments Yiannopoulos made were in any way appropriate, and he deserves sanction for them. However, when a much more famous man made almost exactly the same comments in regard to his molestation, what did he get? An endorsement deal with Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, apparently.
I do not pretend to know how the victims of molestation are supposed to act in regards to what happened to them. It’s a difficult subject to talk about, much less fathom. However, I do know that those victims ought to be treated the same no matter where they fall on the political spectrum — and the lack of consequences for Takei proves that this clearly isn’t the case when it comes to the mainstream media in 2017.
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