TD John Halligan recently asked a female in a job interview if she was married. He received much criticism for his behaviour. What if there is another more pressing question that needs to be asked – like:
‘Do all straight white males have a voice nowadays?’
Donald Trump is a straight white male. Harvey Weinstein is a straight white male. Even George Hook is one. Much has been written and said about all of them. All three have something in common. They are in the public eye – involved in the entertainment of millions of people. The trio have all been castigated for their sinister behaviour against the fairer sex.
One wonders then about the straight white male nowadays. Trump, Weinstein and Hook have all voiced their opinions on many things over the years. Followers either voted, flocked or audibly admired them.
Trump, a business tycoon turned US president via the entertainment business won the majority of the democratic nation’s 323 million available electoral vote. Weinstein’s hundreds of movies were followed by many more multiples and Hook’s fans were once estimated to be well over 100,000 pairs of Irish ears.
Freedom of speech has been vital for all three straight white males and for the people that have admired their creations.
There are angry white men who feel they have lost their American honour, integrity and dignity but all the same, are empathised with by one who tells of their disdain in the face of Trump’s election victory and the resultant change in their society. Highly paid and admired people have publicly supported Weinstein and one of our nation’s former leading TV show presenters has rowed in behind George Hook following his recent regretful comments.
In keeping with the promotion of tolerance and acceptance of all diversities of people it’s important that all people, even Trump, Weinstein and Hook are heard.
So the wonder is: ‘Do all straight white males have a voice nowadays?’
It’s still a ponder…