Thursday, May 24, 2018 by Ethan Huff
Accused sexual predator and shamed former PBS and CBS news anchor Charlie Rose could be creeping his way back into the media world with a new show centered around men like himself who have been charged with committing crimes involving sexual misconduct.
Reports indicate that Rose may actually be given a platform to capitalize on his alleged guilt in fueling the so-called “#MeToo” movement, as he is currently slated to star in a new television program where he will be given a platform to interview other high-profile men like himself who have been “toppled by #MeToo scandals.”
While still technically just a rumor, producers of the planned show apparently approached media maven Tina Brown and asked her to both sponsor an co-host the show, to which she declined. Brown herself told an audience recently that the program is, indeed, slated to become a reality, and that it will eventually be featured on Netflix.
She claimed that Rose’s participation in the show would not serve as his own vindication, but rather give him the opportunity to help others, including Louis C.K. and Matt Lauer, “atone” for their past sexual improprieties. PageSix, however, indicated that Netflix is apparently not involved with the show.
Despite the fact that the new Charlie Rose show may not ever actually come to fruition, a stream of #MeToo bandwagoners, many of them prominent celebrities, reportedly took to social media in protest of the alleged new program.
New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner tweeted her personal disapproval about Rose’s potential entry back into the entertainment world. In her view, he and other men like him don’t deserve any more chances, and should forever be barred from having a career in entertainment and media.
“How do we keep this from happening?” Weiner asked. “How many chances do these guys get?”
“How about a series hosted by a woman whose career was derailed by Charlie Rose’s predation? Interviewing other women who lost jobs, money, experience, time?”
Emily Nussbaum, a writer for The New Yorker, joked on Twitter that she will support the show only “if it is a reality competition called The Reckoning & it is hosted by the angry ghost of Frances Farmer.”
They’re not necessarily wrong, either. Many sexual predators like Charlie Rose, John Conyers and Al Franken got to where they are today by taking advantage of women, often conning them in exchange for sexual favors. Why, then, should they be allowed re-entry back into the industry as a result of their crimes?
Rose, in particular, has been accused of actually inviting women into his home under the guise of “mentorship,” only to proposition them for sex and other favors. It’s eerily similar to what was recently exposed about former “Smallville” actress Allison Mack, who was recently arrested for her alleged involvement in an upstate New York sex cult.
Hollywood is replete with these types of stories, hence the emergence of the #MeToo movement in the first place. And the fact that none of this is necessarily precluding people like Charlie Rose from once again gaining media prominence has many people riled up and worried that even more sexual assault without consequence will result.
“… [W]hile it’s difficult to imagine Charlie Rose’s supposed #MeToo redemption series making it to the screen – and it’s worth regarding the very idea of such a series with a large grain of salt – perhaps it’s best not to write the project off completely just yet,” comments Laura Bradley for Vanity Fair.
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