Matt McCarten uses his Herald on Sunday column to suggest that a sensible discussion needs to be held on issues surrounding the so-called “RoastBusters”.
He is wrong, but Matt McCarten is used to being wrong most of the time that he doesn’t see it.
The conduct of these young men tells us a lot about where society is. I am keen to be part of a discussion rather than caving in to a lynch mob mentality, however tempting. Locking up a couple of creeps will happen eventually. Then what? Problem solved?
I wanted to discuss how the debate on the show had been handled; the disturbing role of the cops; corporations promoting sexualisation of film, music and youth culture; lolly alcohol aimed at girls; parents; schools; education; peer pressure; plus personal conduct and accountability.
This is actually part of the problem Matt…none of that is relevant…rape is rape is rape. There is no explaining, no mitigation, no excuse making.
In one respect Matt is right, and I said as much last week. We live in a society that treats victims as perpetrators, and the media are as much to blame as the powerful for that. Instead of holding Len Brown to account for his appalling actions the left wing and media sought to protect him…instead attacking everyone else for Brown’s own behaviour. Read more »