“Forever Amber” Amber Heard: MeToo or Believe All Women (EP. 401)
The Johnny Depp/Amber Heard celebrity abuse and poop spectacle proved a few things:
1. The Enquirer and Star magazines are tame by comparison.
2. The bizarre admonition that we should, “Believe all women,” should never have been uttered, much less insisted upon, as a way of adjudicating abuse claims made by women against men.
3. MeToo is strongly intact. MeToo was not on trial. Amber Heard was, and she lied many times about key issues.
Understanding issues like this is part of our overall goal of creating better lives for ourselves, our communities and for America.
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The claim, the insistence, that we should believe all women, or all men, or all people or groups of any kind, is obviously and clearly bizarre and dangerous, driven by political agendas and by not any desire for justice. There are no inherent characteristics in any group defined by race, sex or any other criteria, whereby we should believe all of what any member says–or, conversely, not believe anything that any member says.
How could that be controversial?:
1. The bizarre illogic of, “Believe all women,” is purely and callously a political game. In the words of the world’s most overrated teenager, “How dare they?”
2. The insistence that we must believe all women is designed to support the MeToo movement, with those supporting the statement arguing that if you disagree, then you clearly intend to quash the right of any woman to come forward with her allegations. That’s ridiculous. What is true is that the MeToo movement would deserve to die the moment that we were forced to believe all female accusers.
A recurring–and dangerous theme from too many people and politicians is that if there is any kind of a negative disparity in results between groups as defined by identity politics, then the difference in results is due to inherent racism or sexism. They see no other possible explanation. Adding to that type of thinking, with the MeToo movement if any woman is not completely believed in everything she says, then that is proof that everything from domestic violence to sexual abuse is being excused and all but encouraged. This is what damages MeToo. Fair trials with competent lawyers on both sides, regardless of the outcomes, supports Metoo.
Speaking of supporting MeToo, all of Ms. Herd’s allegations were taken very seriously, and were adjudicated for weeks in open court. Here are her lies–the biggest ones. Despite her ardent claims–under oath–to the contrary:
1. Ms Heard clearly leaked the critical video to TMZ.
2. She manipulated almost every moment of the day that she sought the TRO.
3. The WaPo OpEd that she wrote was all about Johnny Depp. Imagine swearing in court that it was not.
4. Poopgate. Ms. Heard and a friend pooped in Depp’s bed, then claimed that her 4 lb dog did it. I am no scatologist, but if the poop is bigger than the dog…
Ms. Heard has so many things going for her. She is a multi millionaire actress, with plenty of resources and assets. She presents a good appearance in court, and hired a team of competent attorneys. Yet she lost $15M to $2M. 43-3 football game. Neither she nor Mr. Depp came out clean in this trial; both were foul to each other during their time together. Yet she lost because she lied consistently and about key issues.
Both the Washington Post and the ACLU should be mortally embarrassed. Both ran with stories about how Mr. Depp abused Ms. Heard without checking the facts. The stories fit their narrative, and they ran with it. Losers: WaPo, ACLU, and Ms. Heard. Winners: MeToo and the Justice System. Mr. Depp gets to go on with his life.
“Forever Amber”, the hugely popular book and movie of the late 40s. Parallels. Make your observations in the comments.
We all have the personal responsibility to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Speaking of personal responsibility, this principle does not stand alone; the two main and interdependent principles at Revolution 2.0 are:
1. Personal Responsibility; take it, teach it and,
2. Be Your Brother’s Keeper. The answer to the biblical question, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” is a ringing, unequivocal “Yes.” There is no other answer.
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