Who Deserves Apologies?

This is the kind of thing I don’t understand. Why does this author care about the content of public apologies of people who did not assault her? The only people who deserve apologies from Weinstein, Spacey, Louis CK and today’s revelation de jour are those who were actually assaulted by said perps. And they almost certainly won’t get them because apologizing would surely lead to very expensive law suits.

No one else is entitled to any kind of apology and wanting or demanding, not to mention critiquing, ‘public’ apologies is pointless. I can’t help but think that it’s very mentally unhealthy to want people to apologize to you for things they did to other people.

What I think is going on is that the statue moral hysteria of the summer burnt itself out (though the lack of enough statues to topple without causing backlash) long before the moral hysteria that had fueled it had burnt itself out. The revelations of sexual abuse and immorality in the entertainment industry made a convenient new target. Since sexual hypocrisy is close to an unlimited renewable natural resource expressions of moral indignation (the real purpose of the jihad against confederate and then other statues) can continue for as long as needed before people get bored and move onto something else.

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