Netflix and Kevin Spacey

In this April 27, 2015, file photo, Kevin Spacey arrives at the Q&A Screening of House of Cards at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, Calif. Netflix says Spacey is out at House of Cards after a series of allegations of sexual harassment and assault. Netflix says in a statement Friday night, Nov. 3, 2017, that it's cutting all ties with Spacey, and will not be involved with any further production of House of Cards that includes him.

By Michael Brown Published on November 5, 2017

I hope Kevin Spacey gets the help he needs, and I appreciate Netflix severing ties with him for now. But why didn’t Netflix act earlier?

According to Fox News, after the initial accusations against Spacey were raised, crew members from his hit show House of Cards began speaking out.

“Allegations against the actor continued to mount as eight crew members reportedly came forward with assertions about sexual harassment and groping on the set of the streaming drama.”

Eight crew members? If this is true, then these were hardly isolated incidents. Indeed, “CNN reported Thursday that eight people close to the production … have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct from Spacey that allegedly made working on the set a nightmare.”

Why wasn’t action taken earlier?

“All eight accusers have chosen to remain anonymous, but claim that the behavior was very well known on set and that it created a difficult work environment.” Notice these descriptions: Stacey’s abusive behavior was allegedly “very well known on set” to the point that “working on the set [was] a nightmare.”

Shades of Harvey Weinstein in Hollywood: His abuse of many women was an open secret, but Hollywood chose to look the other way.

In Spacey’s case, both Netflix and MRC, the production company for House of Cards, “claimed they had received no reports of any widespread misconduct.”

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If this is to be believed, it would mean that others within the production squelched the reports. Otherwise, if so many crew members were harassed, if the harassment was so widely known, and if working on the set was a nightmare, why did neither MRC or Netflix ever hear about it?

According to Netflix, “When the allegations broke about Kevin Spacey on Sunday night, in conjunction with MRC, we sent a representative to set on Monday morning.

“Netflix was just made aware of one incident, five years ago, that we were informed was resolved swiftly. … Netflix is not aware of any other incidents involving Kevin Spacey on-set.”

Two Possibilities, Neither Pleasant

We are left with two possibilities. One: Netflix and/or MRC are lying, seeking to cover their tracks. Two: Those within the production itself have been looking the other way for years. (Again, if the allegations are true). Either way, it points to a very serious, ongoing problem in Hollywood. There’s indignation and action once the public finds out. Until then, it’s just part of the industry.

And what are we to make of a scene in a 2005 episode of Family Guy? “The scene features baby Stewie running naked through a shopping mall screaming, ‘Help! I’ve escaped from Kevin Spacey’s basement!’” Were Spacey’s alleged abusive actions an open secret back then?

And what of Spacey’s 1999 Oscar speech for Best Actor in American Beauty? In that film he seduces and kisses a teenage girl. As he said in his acceptance speech, “To my friends, for pointing out my worst qualities. I know you do it because you love me, and that’s why I love playing Lester, because we got to see all of his worst qualities and we still grew to love him.

“This movie to me is about how any single act by any single person put out of context, is damnable. But the joy of this movie is that it is real beauty, and we found real beauty in this extraordinary script by Alan Ball.”

What did his friends know? And how much is being covered up in Hollywood right now with the hope that it won’t get exposed? Really, there’s not much virtue in confessing to a bank robbery when you’re caught with the money in your hands.

Again, I hope Spacey discovers a new way of living and I’m glad Netflix severed ties with him for now. God can bring redemption. My question remains: Is this too little, too late?

Matt Taibbi

Consider Matt Taibbi, a leading contributor to Rolling Stone. In 2000, Taibbi, along with co-author Mark Ames, published a memoir titled The Exile: Sex, Drugs, and Libel in the New Russia. As John Nolte reports, “To this day, using Amazon, you can open the first few pages of The Exile and find yourself reassured that ‘This is a work of non-fiction. While all of the characters and events depicted in this book are real, certain names and identifying details have been changed.’” (Nolte’s emphasis.)

In the book, Taibbi and Ames chronicle their abusive treatment of Russian women in graphic, despicable detail, including Ames’s tryst with a 15-year-old girl. (Nolte’s article contains direct quotes from the book that are NSFW.)

Today, both authors now claim that the accounts were all made-up. It’s just “satire,” they say — despite stating explicitly at the outset of the book that it is non-fiction and that “all of the characters and events depicted in this book are real.”

Why wasn’t there any outrage when the book came out? And who writes such abusive stories about themselves?

One Amazon reviewer gushed, “Given Taibbi’s brilliance as one of today’s most insightful and entertaining writers about banksters and criminal financiers, I have suspected that there was more to [Taibbi’s] early years than sex, drugs, and rock and roll, and this book contains the key.”

A 2013 Amazon reviewer states, “matt taibbi is a god among writers and this book shows his burst from the eggshell.” A reviewer from 2002, “As the subtitle might indicate, this is not a book for the faint of heart, nor is it a straight-up history, though the portrait it paints of post-Soviet Russia from the early ’90s to 1998 is pretty vivid in all its pornographic, bloody, vomitous, sexist glory, making it a pretty d—-d good history anyway.” The reviewer gave the book five stars.

So, the book was all the rage a few years back and Taibbi was a rock star. Now, however, that some in the media have turned against Taibbi, the tone of Amazon reviewers has changed. One one-star review states, “Misogyny at its finest! Up until the Weinstein scandal broke — the book was a work of non-fiction. However, today its authors say it’s a work of fiction.”

A Wholesale Reformation

This is a microcosm of the larger Hollywood scene. The trade secrets were not outrageous until they became known to the public, at which point they became outrageous.

If Hollywood is really serious about making amends for its misdeeds, it’s going to have to go far beyond offering up a few sacrificial lambs. Instead, it will require wholesale reformation.

Does Hollywood have the stomach, not to mention, the morals, to do it? And if so, how much will be left standing after Hollywood cleans house?

We will see soon enough.

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  • Concerned Christian

    “If Hollywood is really serious about making amends for its misdeeds, it’s going to have to go far beyond offering up a few sacrificial lambs. Instead, it will require wholesale reformation.”

    can’t we say the same thing about Fox News? We have allegations against Roger Ailes, Bill O’Reily, and Eric Bolling. Add in allegations against the current president, and you have a situation where conservatives, including conservative Christians are willing to turn a blind eye to behavior that they are quick to condemn in others.

    How can we possibly have higher expectations of Hollywood than we do of ourselves?

    • Chip Crawford

      Fox News discharged those individuals and has stated and proven it will not tolerate proven cases. That is coming down hard on the incidents, getting on it now – the people and the environment that grew up from Ailes’ influence. We don’t have a situation where conservatives and Christians are turning a blind eye. What we have in your post is some now familiar leftist liberal slander and accusation. It is also not Christian.

      • Concerned Christian

        Well, we know that fox news paid hush money for O’Reilly. There were allegations against both Ailes and O’Reily for years before anything was done about it. Fox is currently being sued for racial discrimination and Charles Payne on Fox has been accused of rape. Trump, on tape admitted to sexually assaulting women.

        So how have I wrongfully represented anything?

        • Chip Crawford

          Fox News paid off claims from women, not hush money. It was known. That’s the case with many of these other exec types around. Allegations for years is the pattern across the board. You are singling out Fox News wrongfully. They have corrected their course BEFORE this onslaught coming out everywhere that’s going on now. Fox News is a target for jealous opposition media and leftist liberal groups for obvious reasons. They are #1 and have been continuously almost since their inception. That means more people watch them than the others, by the way. Fact – whether you or others like it or not. Apparently the Charles Payne situation has been reconciled because he is back. You are so careless with your charges and smears, like so many of your irresponsible peers.

          Trump never admitted to sexually assaulting women. He said all that stuff to show off. He was much ashamed of it when it came out during the campaign — from 10 years prior. It was talk only and never actions. He said so. Melania said he asked her to forgive him for speaking like that, and she did. The women brought forth were debunked, many obvious holes in their stories. The Clinton machine and Democratic backers pay well for that type of Mafiaesque manipulation. He’s bad enough, but what it is it is, not what you want to make it. And it is not current behavior or talk.

          This is part of how you have wrongfully misrepresented everything.

          • Concerned Christian

            O’Reily was still on the air when this information came out. Fox fired him because advertisers started dropping him. It was not the goodness of Fox News. If the advertisers had said nothing Fox would have said nothing.

            Three women came forward saying that Trump had done exactly what he claimed what he had done on that tape. If you listen to his past statments, including statments that he made on the Howard Sterns show, including statements that he’s made about his own daughter, including the fact that this was a late 50’s early 60 year old man making these comments, CONSERVATIVE CHRISTIANS

          • Chip Crawford

            You can’t prove what Fox News would have said or done in the situation. It is your prejudiced bias talking. Again, the going along is a pattern with most companies on these big revenue makers. O’R led cable ratings for years. I told you the women were debunked on the Trump thing, and there were more than three. Yes, a bragger doesn’t just do it once. I told you he was prone to that. Trump is vulnerable to pride in that area, swagger on many fronts. Jesus looks for reconciliation, not running someone to ground and rubbing their nose in the dirt. He told the Pharisees mercy was a weightier matter of the law than their minute observances.

            How are you justified in this judging and condemning you are doing here?

            You are responsible for your heart in the position you have chosen to take on this.

          • Concerned Christian

            So, i can’t prove what Fox news could have said or done but luckily conservatives don’t have those issues with liberals. They have absolutely no problem in condemning and judging when it comes to people who disagree with them.

            By your logic of the women being debunked by Trump, look at Bill Cosby, Bill Clinton, Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Roger Ailes, Bill O’Reily not one of them has been convicted of a crime. All have debunked allegations for years. Short of a recording, how do you prove it? Cosby drugged women and is not in jail!

            So you bash Clinton and liberals and then you come back say that I’m judging and condemning. I’m simply pointing out actions.

            Conservative Christians would never accept a human being like trump if he was on the left. I’m not the only Christian in the world that sees the problem with this inconsistency.

          • Chip Crawford

            How is the inconsistency of Christians, assuming it exists, any more your business than Trump’s sins and failings? Have you gone as far as hatred? You know, Jesus said that was the same as murder in the heart. You are doing the example of one who takes poison, hoping someone else will die.

          • Concerned Christian

            It’s my business because the world is in a state of great change and has no institution to look at for guidance. Having spent time overseas, I know how the world can acknowledge all of our weaknesses while still admiring us at the same time.

            However, internally, we seem to hate each other. We’re basically acting like the kids in the Lord of the Flies. We’ve had two mass shootings in the last month and a terrorist attack. We hate our government, our churches, the right, the left, the straight, the gay, the black, and the white. This is all because we seem to be terrified of change.

            In the worst of times in this country, people found comfort in the church. Growing up when I did, every person i knew, black, white, straight, gay, etc., could look at the church for comfort.

            Can we do that now? I’m not criticizing Trump, Fox News, or anyone else for that matter. I don’t hate anyone and believe that anyone that does hate, hates the person they see in the mirror the most. That person just finds someone else to take it out on.

            I’m just saying that the church is the one institution in this country that can bridge gaps but we can’t do that as long as we operate on the level of the world! We have to transcend it.

          • Chip Crawford

            And you see yourself as the sheriff in charge of saying who is operating like the world and who is not? You consider God and the convicting agency of the Holy Spirit inadequate, so you have to step in, right? Are you responsible for your own transcending the world, or does that not apply to you at all, just everybody else?

          • Concerned Christian

            Isn’t that what Christian witnessing is all about?

            Romans 10:
            13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
            14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
            15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

            Sharing a perspective is not the same as condemning anyone, it’s sharing a perspective.

          • Chip Crawford

            I see your white flag, an irrelevant to preceding scripture, which you are counting on as an irreproachable deflection. Good night. God bless.

          • Concerned Christian

            same to you 🙂

          • Andrew Mason

            The world has no institution to look to for guidance, or the world has no institution it will accept? It’s really not the same thing. Not sure why time overseas matters, plenty can say the same thing.

            I agree the West is increasingly divided – Left against Right, Black against White, LGBT against the rest, state against church. I disgree that the issue is change though. Change for the better should be welcome, change for the worse must always be resisted – though I admit sometimes it’s not clear which is which.

            Historically the church has indeed offered comfort – though I’d be somewhat surprised to hear practicing homosexuals visited given the conflict between their choice of lifestyle and what the Bible says, though of course anyone may repent. These days many seek affirmation not comfort, and condemn those whose views they disagree with.

            Do I hate anyone, or appear to do so? No, I don’t think so, however I am increasingly frustrated and concerned by the bigotry, tyranny and selfish stupidity I’m seeing promoted. The more evil I observe the harder it is not to return the sentiments, or at least sympathise with those who do. Consider, it is hard to express love towards those who advocate the burning of churches and the crucifixion of Christians. No I’m not talking about ISIS, I’m talking about purportedly civilised locals!

            I agree the church is the one institution that can bridge the gaps, but the problem is the church is badly divided between Biblical and political elements. Those who seek to advance their political agenda e.g. the media, simply quote the political element and show that the church supports their agenda.

          • Concerned Christian

            Yes, this is the danger I see to be honest. The point where Christians give up on the world. If the church can’t resolve it’s internal issues, then it will be manipulated by world!

            bigotry, tyranny and selfish stupidity have always existed and will always exist. I remember talking to my parents about how they lived in the world you’re describing called segregation. What’s funny is that they never had any animosity towards whites. Now, they took nothing from whites or anyone else for that matter. So they weren’t pacifist by any means. They always walked in their authority and they never allowed the evil in others to change who they were.

            this is what the church is allowing to happen in my opinion. My parents could have been bitter and full of animosity or they could live the life that God intended them to live. I’m glad they chose the latter.

            It’s the same for the church. The problems of the world are affecting the church because we’re not walking as individuals in our authority. This is impacting the church in a negative way and leaving the world without someone to stand in the “Gap”!

          • Andrew Mason

            I was specifically thinking of bigotry and tyranny directed against Christianity, but I guess there’s other forms too e.g. triple K acts. The difference there is that it was a minority within the community rather than the state, or the state acting at the behest of elites. Having grown up with freedom the drift towards a Third ReichSharia Law type culture doesn’t sit well with me.

            I’m not quite clear on what you mean by “we’re not walking as individuals in our authority”. Those Christians who do express Christian political views get shredded and the church as a whole is told that Biblical views are wrong. This obviously affects the church negatively, but if the church isn’t free to speak out, then there’s a void in the community.

          • Concerned Christian

            When I say walking in authority, I’m not referring to expressing our political views, I’m really talking about being what God has intended us to be.

            My point is that we’re not taking advantage of our God given gifts and talents. We’re not setting an example of how the world can meets it’s needs in a Biblical way.

            When the latest quick money scheme or diet or workout program gets created, how quick does word of mouth spread? If someone told you, you were stupid for not investing in a product that they haven’t made money on or ignorant for not following a diet that they haven’t lost weight on, you would laugh at them. They have no proof that what they’re saying works.

            If they kept badgering you about it or someone forced you to purchase it, at some point you would develop a hostility towards that person.

            We never walk in the fact that We Are More Than Conquerors or that we shouldn’t constantly live in lack when God has said He will teach us how to prosper. This is a small example of the authority I’m referring to

            Look at an example like sports. Who doesn’t want to play with Lebron or Curry? Why? Because they are champions. The world always follows perceived winners regardless of whether they’re godly or not.

            Jesus said if I be lifted up,I’ll draw all men unto Me. Lifting up Jesus is not simply telling others about His judgement, it’s also about showing the benefits! It’s about showing the believers authority.

          • Andrew Mason

            I don’t see being what God intended us to be as a matter of authority, but that’s possibly an issue of semantics.

            I’d disagree. Christians are taking advantage of their God given gifts and attempting to model Christlike lives but in so many ways are being restrained. The authority parents have over their children, and their ability to protect them, is being abridged for instance. Expressing Christian views can be grounds to lose your job, or your business. If it is illegal to model Christianity then it become difficult to be an example. Yes Christians in countries such as Iran or China have greater restrictions but a loss of freedom is harder to deal with than an absence of freedom you’re born into.

            Agreed proof is critical in avoiding ‘too good to be true’ schemes.

            Likewise I agree that forcing the adoption of a product or program tends to harm more than hurt.

            Your casing suggests you mean something significant, and I’m confused by your point that we should constantly live in lack.

            A terrible example – I’ve no clue who Curry is. Lebron is a basketball player right? I agree that rich, famous, and powerful people attract attention, but that’s not exactly a positive.

            I agree walking the walk is at least as important as talking about God’s judgement, the issue is that particular political decisions curtail the ability to model Christ. The curtailment may not be as bad as in China or Iran, but it’s different so has its own possibly unique challenges.

          • Concerned Christian

            this is where we disagree:

            “and attempting to model Christlike lives but in so many ways are being restrained.”

            ” the issue is that particular political decisions curtail the ability to model Christ.”

            For me I remember having an epiphany over the fact of what is the point of Eph 6:13-18 if I’m afraid that a racist can hurt me?

            What is the point of Eph 22-33 if i can’t have a happy marriage regardless of the promiscuity going on in the world.

            What is the point of Proverbs 22:6 if I’m afraid that I can’t raise my children to be Christians.

            What is the point of Matthew 6:25-33 if I’m afraid that my basic needs are not going to be met.

            Finally, what is the point Ephesians 2:10 if i don’t believe God has good things planned for me.

            My point about great athletes and the the powerful is that they focus very little on external things that they can’t control. They focus on internal things, maximizing the best they can be. This is why they are so confident that they are prepared to defeat any external attacks.

            This is the authority God has given us and the authority that we should walk in.

          • Andrew Mason

            It depends how you define hurt. God doesn’t guarantee a life free from hurt, or that you won’t be killed. That Ephesians passage refers to staying true to God – enduring in a time of trial e.g. Stephen.

            I agree with your Proverbs passage, the issue is governments are increasing moving to ensure that children are raised on LGBT ideology. If they train a child then they will define where they go.

            Can’t say I’ve though about being concerned over basic needs not being met, though I will note that what we consider to be a basic need isn’t. A BMW might be nice, but we don’t actually need one. A mansion may be nice, but we don’t really need it etc.

            Ephesians 2:10 doesn’t say God has good things planned for us, but that He has good works we are intended to do. Not quite the same thing.

            I still don’t see this as a matter of authority.

          • Concerned Christian

            It’s funny but it seems like it’s a matter of how you define the order of the problem and the solution.

            Do I have a problem and here’s the solution or do I have a solution and here’s the problem?

            For instance, Eph 6:11-12 defines a problem.

            Eph 6:13-18 defines the solution.

            Problem: “God doesn’t guarantee a life free from hurt, or that you won’t be killed”

            Solution: James 1:2-8, John 16:33, Hebrew 2:14-15

            Problem: The LGBT ideology

            Solution: Proverbs 22:6

            Problem: Getting my basic needs met i.e. food, clothing, and shelter

            Solution: Matthew 6:25-33

            If you define the solution and then the problem, i.e. I know what the Bible says in Proverbs 22:6 “BUT” what about the LGBT ideology? As my Pastor’s wife said, “your but is not in the right place”. There is no “BUT” after Proverbs 22:6. If I don’t see the results, then I may need some discernment in this area. But never lose site of the fact that this is a promise from God.

            Now I realize that it may seem like prayers aren’t working, people may die unexpectedly, or misfortune may strike. However, most wounds in America are self-inflicted. We don’t exercise or take care of ourselves, spend time listening to and understanding our kids, or maximizing our on individual gifts and talents. Then we start making excuses and finding scapegoats for why things around us aren’t going well.

            So if you want a BMW, as my Pastor stated, you can have what successful people have if you do what successful people do. If you want a BMW, you can get it God’s way, i.e. maximizing your own abilities and maybe sometimes depending on a miracle, or you can try to do it in satan’s way!

            Lastly, for Ephesians 2:10, I see Good things and Good works as the same. There’s are other scriptures like Matthew 625-33 that I would use as a reference. My point is that doing God’s good works will lead to a happy fulfilled life for you i.e. Good Things! 🙂

          • Andrew Mason

            I’ll grant your Ephesians 6 problem:solution, but it’s self contained.

            James 1:2-4 likely the strongest of those 3 passages, but it is still difficult.

            I disagree about your use of Proverbs 22:6 as a solution. The passage says Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. If children are raised correctly then they are likely to stay on the straight and narrow. If parents are not the ones to raise their children, they are instead raised by the government, then it is not parents who define their course. See the issue?

            For now I don’t see basic needs as something meriting concern. Matthew may indeed be an answer to a problem, but not one that concerns me.

            I don’t see Proverbs 22:6 as a promise from God so much as a general rule, akin to the law of gravity for instance – what goes up must come down, except when it doesn’t. For the rule to work you must be able to comply with it.

            As for prayers not working, is it that prayers don’t work, or that they don’t work in the manner you demand? No is just as valid an answer as yes, but does a no mean prayer ‘isn’t working’? I agree many problems can be self inflicted. Others can be due to God wanting us to learn something, others due to the ‘free will’ of others.

            Whereas I would definitely distinguish between good works – that which is done, and good things, that which is had. You can have a life with many good works without having many good things – as was the case for Christ. By contrast millionaires may have good things to such extent that it distracts them from God. I agree that living the life God intends for you – doing the works God has set for you, will indeed lead to a fulfilled life.

    • Patmos

      You are either a troll masquerading as a Christian, or are merely a Christian going through the motions. There’s no other explanation for your being completely void of any sort of wisdom.

      • Concerned Christian

        Do you believe as Christians we are to set examples for non-believers?

        If so, is the only example we’re to show is a God of judgment and/or condemnation? In your view what are the positive things of God that Christians are reflecting for non-believers?

        Do you believe non-believers can tell the difference between a conservative and a Christian or are they one in the same?

        Anyone can condemn someone elses behavior. But can you build people up via your own behavior?

        • Andrew Mason

          Of course.

          God judges and condemns certainly, and Christians must not deny that, but to suggest that’s the entirety is to ignore much of Scripture. While I can’t comment on what Christians in your area are doing, those I’m aware of are involved in local charity – feeding the homeless or running an op shop, teaching Christianity to children, giving English lessons and preaching the Gospel overseas, offering support in uncommon circumstances e.g. a support group for parents who’ve lost children, running a support group for solo mothers, giving financial aid to those in Third World nations, arguing for best practice in the political sphere and other domains, and much much more. Not really sure how many examples you want, and the problem is those who are hostile to Christianity view all such acts through a negative prism.

          It depends on the non-believer. Honestly there’s a lot of overlap between a conservative, or at least what I consider a conservative, and a Christian. Not the same obviously, but similar – we do after all live in a culture that is theoretically founded on Christian values, though that’s changed a lot!!!

          Criticism or condemnation is heard by a far wider audience than will observe your behaviour.

          • Concerned Christian

            One of my favorite scriptures is Romans 2:

            24 For “the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you”

            Christians seem to act as if the hostility towards us is a function of being good. That’s certainly part of it but a bigger part is the picture we present to the world.

            I’ve debated police shootings on this site and have been basically told, it’s the picture that blacks present that’s causing these issues.

            There’s certainly some truth to that but it’s also true of Christians as well. The majority of hostility is not a function of being good but a function of the picture that’s being presented.

            I was always told growing up by older black people, that you have to be better than your white counterparts in order to have what they have. This wasn’t a racist statement, it was a statement built on the fact that i was going to be working with and competing against in some cases whites who had never really known any black people. I found out that it wasn’t just black and white but also North vs South.

            What I learned is that sometimes people may seem hostile to you because they don’t know you. The fact is, is that we have to be better than the world. We are to live peaceably with all men. In order to do that we have to be better!

        • KR

          Concerned Christian …. >>If so, is the only example we’re to show is a God of judgment and/or condemnation?<<<

          As you show your own hypocrisy in making judging comments about "Fox News, Roger Ailes, Bill O'Reily, and Eric Bolling. Along with the president. … But then, I know that judging is making choices and decisions. We all make judgments on behavior. It's impossible not to. You, on the other hand, think we are never to make judgments about anything or anyone, concerning behavior. We are not to judge the heart before God … But Scripture certainly says we are to judge behaviors. "By their fruits, ye will know them." … And I could go on, and on.

          • Concerned Christian

            Here’s what’s funny. People on this site constantly trash liberals, the left, the NFL, BLM, the Clintons, Obama, the media, LGBT, colleges, etc. Yet, i’m the one you accuse of judging?

            I don’t mind you feeling that way, maybe I am but I believe that if i were saying things that you agree with, i don’t think you would see me as such a hypocrite.

        • Hmmm…

          To be so distracted by someone’s current faults and/or past sins is obsessive. Not good. If we give the Lord as much attention as we spend on that, it would be much healthier and more in line. What about Phillipians 4:8 that tells us what to think on – positive things, not the others. Just ebecause others are trying to work with the president and acknowledge his strengths on behalf of our country, doesn’t mean they condone his wrongdoing, past or present. But there is so much exaggeration about it in general, that that goes off the rails. Many think other former leaders were much more damaging and anti what we stand for as Christians. Perhaps Christians should not fall into the critical trap, but in expressing concerns, be sure to strike a redemptive note about the person. God is always available to them and perhaps we should want them to come to him or be influenced more by him, and have that in mind as we vent.

          • Concerned Christian

            The article that I’m responding to ends with:

            “Does Hollywood have the stomach, not to mention, the morals, to do it? And if so, how much will be left standing after Hollywood cleans house?”

            My comments are based on the fact that Christians are more obsessed with the world than the world is with them. I could care less about Trump’s or Pence’s behavior. As I said before, Trump has never hidden the type of man he is.

            But Christians are constantly telling sinners how to live and rationalizing the behavior of those they support, as opposed to spending time building up soldiers to go out into the world.

            If Hilary were president I would say the same thing.

    • GPS Daddy

      >>How can we possibly have higher expectations of Hollywood than we do of ourselves?

      I was not aware that “Roger Ailes, Bill O’Reily, and Eric Bolling” was in the realm of expectations of “myself.”

      Fox News has its issues as well. They tend to peddle soft porn.

      • Chip Crawford

        Are you referring to the legs views for the ladies?

  • Jeremy L

    Very surprised there wasn’t anything about how “being gay makes you a sexual predator”.

    • Patmos

      That’s probably because you’re a dimwit.

      • Jeremy L

        Mmmm yeah, it’s more likely because Brown somehow missed Spacey’s gayness, or else he’d be playing it up.

    • VA_Steve

      You must not read much of Dr. Brown. If that’s what you think his view is, then you have a caracature of his view.

      • Jeremy L

        Well, I would sure hope so. Although his piece “Milo, CPAC, Homosexuality, and Pedophilia,” which comes to mind, seems to allege that pedophilic sexual predation is very common among gay men. Perhaps Brown is trying to distance himself from controversy by not writing something similar for Spacey.

        • VA_Steve

          I see a difference between making note of a higher instance (if true) and suggesting that if someone is gay they are probably a sexual predator. That’s the difference I am highlighting, and part of why i would not expet that to be Dr Brown’s take on this. However, quick on the draw with that article, you proved me wrong about your reading of his work.

  • Chip Crawford

    It is really good that housecleaning is going on. That validates the word in many respects. It’s right and just. We should not gloat nor condemn. I am personally thankful. The writer here attempts to be responsible in those respects. The dam has broken on all of this, and I think it will be a long, long time if ever, that such abuses go on as theses have in various arenas without someone stepping up. I can see why power and ratings and revenues would block someone’s confrontation, but again, the dam has broken, and the waters are flooding in all over, washing this stuff out and away. It’s a good and Godly thing.

  • Bob Adome

    Can anyone be this unknowledgeable? These actions are praised and proposed in shows on a daily basis!

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