No Mercy for @KevinSpacey? Welcome to the Sexual Harassment Apocalypse

No Mercy for @KevinSpacey? Welcome to the Sexual Harassment Apocalypse, by Robert McCain.

In an interview with BuzzFeed News, [Star Trek Discovery actor Anthony] Rapp is publicly alleging for the first time that in 1986, [Kevin] Spacey befriended Rapp while they both performed on Broadway shows, invited Rapp over to his apartment for a party, and, at the end of the night, picked Rapp up, placed him on his bed, and climbed on top of him, making a sexual advance. According to public records, Spacey was 26. Rapp was 14.

For years, Rapp, now 46, told no one about his experience, and he has never spoken with Spacey since. …

Kevin Spacey is being criticized for “hiding under the rainbow” after he came out in the same statement in which he apologized for alleged unwanted sexual advances towards actor Anthony Rapp when Rapp was just 14. …

Translation: “I was too drunk to remember and, now that I’ve cleared that up, you can applaud my courage for being homosexual.” …

The “stereotype for the gay predator” is arguably the worst of it because, if you believe everything you read on the Internet (which I don’t) this wasn’t just a one-time drunken mistake on Spacey’s part. There is, and has been for a long time, much chatter about Spacey’s predatory habits. While it is impossible to know whether any of this chatter is accurate, there are those who say Spacey more or less routinely solicited oral sex from young guys who worked on the House of Cards crew. …

In general, the chatter suggests that Kevin Spacey is promiscuous and that he likes ’em young. Not necessarily illegally young, but young. And if you will recall the comments that got Milo Yiannopoulos thrown under the bus, this is not an uncommon pattern among gay men. Many of them had their earliest sexual encounters as teenagers with older partners, and didn’t mind the experience, and don’t consider such “intergenerational” sex harmful. This aspect of gay culture has never been secret, although we’re not supposed to mention it because . . . “stereotype.” …

It would be unfair to impugn all gay men as complicit in this, in the same way as it is unfair for feminists to imply that Harvey Weinstein is representative of all heterosexual men.

In the 1970s and ’80s, however, gay “chicken hawks” were quite open about their preferences, and many advocated the abolition of the age of consent. … The AIDS epidemic exposed how shockingly promiscuous many gay men were:

In 1982, the CDC reported that that the “median number of lifetime male sexual partners” for gay men diagnosed with AIDS was 1,160. Repeat: One thousand one hundred sixty.

This mind-boggling statistic was the median number of partners — this was typical behavior in the urban gay subculture at the time. These were the prevalent norms in that subculture when Kevin Spacey (b. 1959) was a young gay man in the 1970s and ’80s. …

Do you think Kevin Spacey doubted the existence of horny gay teenagers? Do you think Spacey simply imagined that Anthony Rapp might be sexually interested in him? For the sake of argument, put aside your concern for morality and the law. …

The forces of Sexual Anarchy unleashed in the 1960s were still raging in the 1980s — indeed, they are still raging to this day — and gay people have never had a monopoly on perversion and decadence. The destruction of Kevin Spacey’s career for what he did (or allegedly attempted to do) in 1986 must be put in context of this pervasive decadence. How many 14-year-old hookers were turning tricks in New York in 1986? Have all their pimps and johns been exposed and put in prison? No, because most of those hookers probably died from drug overdoses or disease or violence long ago, and the men who abused them for cash weren’t famous enough to get a headline anywhere. …

Welcome to the Sexual Harassment Apocalypse. In every corner of elite society, powerful men are sweating with fear that their ex-wives or ex-girlfriends or some random chick they met in a bar will jump out on the #MeToo hashtag and destroy their careers and reputations. …

As recently as November 2016, Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein, like every other liberal, were going all-out to elect Hillary Clinton president, to continue the merciless Title IX regime on university campuses, where more than 100 males students have filed lawsuits claiming they were falsely accused and denied due process in kangaroo-court hearings imposed at the behest of the Obama administration.

Karma is a deeply ironic bitch. …

There are layers and layers of irony here. Feminists had staked their hopes on Hillary Clinton to vindicate the wrongs they had suffered, and none of them believed she could lose to a foul-mouthed misogynist bully like Donald Trump. Alas, they hoped in vain. Driven mad by despair, they decided it was time for some vigilante justice. So they started naming names and — mirabile dictu! — these turned out to be liberal men who never expected to be targeted for the kind of merciless treatment that college boys had been facing for years. …

Did I mention that Kevin Spacey’s name shows up, along with his friend Bill Clinton, on flight logs of the “Lolita Express,” the nickname of billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s private jet? …

When it rains, it pours, and Spacey seems to expect that there will now be a veritable deluge of accusers rushing to tell their own stories about his inappropriate behavior, a lot more recently than 1986, and without the excuse of drunkenness to explain it away. Criminal prosecution? Probably not, but even if he is never charged with a crime, the damage from Anthony Rapp’s accusation has been enough to cancel House of Cards and, in all likelihood, Spacey’s acting career is finished.