So, y’all, I’ve been meaning to say something about GOP frontrunner Herman Cain. He’s your garden-variety entitled, creepy, aggressive sexual harasser—there’s little question about that. There were multiple complaints and multiple settlements by his employers over the years, well before he was a politician. Now other women have come forward who claim he harassed them, and, not surprisingly, they’ve been bashed and had to defend themselves.
Herman Cain’s defense has been deny, deny, deny, most notably at a press conference where he stood in front of no less than five American flags and swore up and down that absolutely nothing had happened and these women were all liars. Shockingly, the sight of all those stars and stripes didn’t convince people, so his lawyer warned that if more women were thinking of coming forward with similar allegations they should “think twice.” It was an obvious threat—Cain and his lawyers are going after his victims with the same “little bit slutty and little bit nutty” offensive that was used to smear Anita Hill when she accused Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment 20 years ago.
I wrote about Anita Hill—my hero—and my own experiences with workplace harassment last year, and what I said in that post holds true here as well. Herman Cain’s harassment scandal is just confirmation that while we’ve made progress in those 20 years, a lot of shit has stayed the same, specifically the male entitlement, the less-than-credible denying and deflecting, the victim-blaming, and the outright attacks on the victim’s characters, which led Karen Kraushaar, one of Cain’s previously anonymous victims, to get angry enough to go public, telling the New York Times that: “Anyone should be able to report allegations of sexual harassment without fear that their lives and careers will be put on public display and laid open to public scrutiny.”
It’s bullshit. It’s the Patriarchy. It’s the Republican Party. Again. ‘Nuff said.
But please enjoy this most excellent comment from Jezebel commenter Seize. It’s true, it’s hilarious and it made my day: Yes, it’s Honey Badger Herman Cain! Imagine it in Randall’s voice:
THIS is HERMAN CAIN. Watch him smile in slow motion. He’s a creepy pervert. LOOK, he’s ALL OVER THE PLACE. “Whoa, watch out!” says Michele Bachmann. EW, he’s got a press conference! Oh, and now another one? OH my GOSH. Oh, Herman Cain is just CRAAAZY.
Herman Cain has been referred to by Politico as the most fearless black guy in the Republican Party. He really doesn’t give a shit. If he wants a Presidential nomination, he’ll just- EW WHAT IS HE TRYING TO DO TO THAT WOMAN!? OH he’s trying to grope her? OH he can grope people backwards in TIME? Now watch this, look, it’s a White Christian Republican Lady. Herman Cain don’t care. Hermain Cain don’t give a shit, he just fondles whoever he wants! Whenever he’s horny he just – EW! – he commits SEXUAL ASSAULT! Oh my GOD watch him SPIN IT. Look at him trying to SPIN IT like it was consensual! Herman Cain says he doesn’t even REMEMBER those women. Probably because he’s never had any regard for any woman EVER.
Look at him just lying and – EW! – CREEPY SMILE! What’s that, ANOTHER WHITE REPUBLICAN LADY? And she likes ANIMALS!? Press conference! He’s refusing to stop his shitty Presidential campaign! And he says he’s 200% MARRIED TO HIS WIFE? Oh, that’s NASTY. Whoever she is, she’s NASTY. But SMART because she didn’t go on TV for this DICK. I hope she runs away with all the alimony and is like, “Thanks, Stupid! Thanks for the house! See you later!” Herman Cain is a huge jerk and she deserves money for dealing with his CRAP. So do these other ladies. And guess what we’re ALL going to talk about for the next few weeks? These other ladies!
HERMAIN CAIN. Look at that creepy fuck!