First we’re overwhelmed, then the acceptance begins to take hold.

In reverse chronological order, from 11/21/17 to 10/5/17:


Charlie Rose, Television host
Glenn Thrush, Reporter at The New York Times
Al Franken, U.S. senator
Steve Jurvetson, Co-founder of a venture capital firm and a board member of Tesla and SpaceX
Eddie Berganza, Editor at DC Comics
Andrew Kreisberg, Executive producer of “Arrow,” “Supergirl,” “The Flash”
Louis C.K., Comedian and producer
Roy Moore, Alabama judge and politician
Benjamin Genocchio, Executive director of the Armory Show art fair
Jeffrey Tambor, Actor
Ed Westwick, Actor
David Guillod, Co-chief executive of Primary Wave Entertainment agency
Jeff Hoover, Kentucky speaker of the House
Brett Ratner, Producer and director
Kirt Webster, Music publicist
Andy Dick, Actor
Michael Oreskes, Head of news at NPR and former New York Times editor
Hamilton Fish, President and publisher of The New Republic
Kevin Spacey, Actor
Ken Baker, E! News correspondent
Mark Halperin, NBC News and MSNBC contributor, author of “Game Change”
Rick Najera, Director of CBS’s Diversity Showcase
Knight Landesman, Publisher of Artforum
Leon Wieseltier, A former editor at The New Republic
Terry Richardson, Fashion photographer
James Toback, Director and writer
John Besh, Chief executive of the Besh Restaurant Group
Lockhart Steele, Editorial director of Vox Media
Robert Scoble, Tech blogger and co-founder of the Transformation Group
Chris Savino, Creator and showrunner of “The Loud House”
Roy Price, Head of Amazon Studios
Andy Signore, Senior vice president of content for Defy Media
Harvey Weinstein, Producer and co-founder of the Weinstein Company*

*reprinted from the New York Times, November 21, 2017

Names you know. Names you don’t.

Do not print out of the list—it isn’t permanent.

What is so worrisome about this ever-increasing and shameful register is that we risk looking upon these men as the norm. Don’t forget—when Trump debased John McCain’s war record, we were stunned; when he openly insulted Gold Star Parents, we were horrified; when he declared he could kill somebody on the streets of New York and not be punished, we were appalled; when he said he wouldn’t accept the election results if he lost, would prosecute his opponent, would wall off our neighbors to the south, would abandon NATO, would imprison journalists, we were…well we were slowly becoming acclimated. I challenge you to imagine a bridge too far when it comes to Trump: I’ll bet you can’t construct it.

His rancorous and asinine tweets have become the norm. The danger is that we become desensitized to the prevalence of sexual misconduct, harassment, and assault in the same way—that we lose our capacity for outrage.

Speaking of which, if you do print out that list, please add the president’s name—the prototype for the others and the true benefactor if, in the end, we numbly accept the way things are.

 

 

About Chuck Radda

I'm a former high school English teacher, currently a literacy volunteer and novelist. I invite your responses right here or to chuckradda@gmail.com. You can also follow me on Facebook and on Twitter—where I tweet annually at @chuckrad45.
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