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September 12, 2018

Senior Producers at NBC, the Network That Covered Up for Harvey Weinstein and Whose Most Visible News Personality Had a Rape-Button In His Office, Were "Crying" Over Norm MacDonald's Defense of His Friends from Online Scalp-Hunters

This country is in month 20 of a national nervous breakdown and it shows no signs at all of getting better, or of even wanting to get better.

Jimmy Fallon cancelled a Norm Macdonald appearance because the comedian said that #MeToo had had some unfair excesses and that he's tired of this regime of One Bad Tweet and Your Career Is Over.

Now, you not only get shit-canned for one bad tweet (like Macdonald's friend and former employer Rosanne Barr did) but for merely saying that you shouldn't be shit-canned for one bad tweet.

Actually, Macdonald hasn't been shit-canned yet, but I would guess that Netflix told him he must go out and do penance or else have his show (debuting September 14) cancelled.

"I'm happy the #MeToo movement has slowed down a little bit. It used to be, 'One hundred women can't be lying.' And then, it became, 'One woman can't lie.' And that became, 'I believe all women.' And then, you're like, 'What?' Like, that Chris Hardwick guy I really thought got the blunt end of the stick there."

He also mentioned organizing a call between Louis C.K. and Roseanne Barr. "Roseanne was so broken up [after her show's reboot was canceled] that I got Louis to call her, even though Roseanne was very hard on Louis before that. But she was just so broken and just crying constantly. There are very few people that have gone through what they have, losing everything in a day," Macdonald said. "Of course, people will go, 'What about the victims?' But you know what? The victims didn't have to go through that."

The social justice warriors began hunting scalps on social media, because they get off sexually on cruelty, and Macdonald offered an apology, pointing out that the main thrust of his comments was that we should think about forgiveness and proportionality in punishment, but of course they cannot be appeased.



In fact, Macdonald's main point was that this culture of maximum punishment for even minimal infractions means that no one should ever offer an apology ever again:

The model used to be: admit wrongdoing, show complete contrition and then we give you a second chance. Now it's admit wrongdoing and you're finished. And so the only way to survive is to deny, deny, deny. That's not healthy -- that there is no forgiveness. I do think that at some point it will end with a completely innocent person of prominence sticking a gun in his head and ending it. That's my guess. I know a couple of people this has happened to.

NBC is famously anti-sexual-harassment and famously forward-leaning on #MeToo,so just minutes before showtime, Jimmy Fallon told Macdonald he wouldn't be allowed on NBC to promote his show:

"Jimmy comes to me ... and he was like, 'How should we play this? I said 'I think we should say it at the end because if you say it at the beginning, you can't come back from that,'" Macdonald told Stern. "And he said, 'What am I supposed to ask?' And I said, "Jimmy, I don't exactly know.' So he leaves. Then someone suggested I start the show with an apology, and I go, 'It's not my show.' And Jimmy came back in and said 'Can I talk to you, buddy?' He was very broken up about it. And he said 'I don't know what to do. And I said 'Should I not do the show?' And he said. 'I don't know. It's just that I have so much pressure from so many people.' He goes, 'People are crying.' And I say, 'People are crying?!' And he said, 'Yeah. Senior producers are crying.' And I said 'Good lord! Bring them in and let me talk to them. I don't want to make people cry.' So Jimmy said, 'Come back whenever you want, but I think it will hurt the show tonight. And I said, 'Jimmy I don't want to hurt your show. That is the last thing I want to do.'"

NBC killed the Harvey Weinstein story, possibly because they knew they had their own Harvey Weinstein in Matt Lauer and wanted to cover up their own sex-harassment culture.

And now they're crying that Norm Macdonald said that Chris Hardwick got a raw deal.


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