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October 02, 2003

I'm getting tired of non-confession confessions.


Women Say Schwarzenegger Groped, Humiliated Them

Less well-known, but two and a half years ago:

Arnold the Barbarian

This morning:

Schwarzenegger: 'I have behaved badly sometimes'

If you walk through it, between the first two articles, Schwarzenegger is accused of groping, stripping and molesting unwilling women, both in private and in public, on a number of occasions.

While the press is paraphrasing Arnold is such a way that it sounds like he has admitted to these acts and is apologizing for them, let's make sure we see what he really says. First he says that much of what's in the LA Times article is "not true." Then he says:

Wherever there is smoke, there is fire. That's true. What I want to say to you is that, yes, I have behaved badly sometimes. Yes it is true that I was on rowdy movie sets and I have done things that were not right that I thought were playful. I now recognize that I have offended people and to those people that I offended, I want to say that I am deeply sorry and I apologize.

So first, he claims that some of the allegations, who knows which ones he means, are not true. Then he says that he "behaved badly" as though he was a toddler who made a mess in the kitchen. He tries to explain away the allegations by saying that he was just kidding around, being playful. But, he realizes that some of those things were "not right". In the end, he apologizes not for doing these things, but because the things he did "offended" people.

Just warms your heart, don't it?

Oh, and he vows to be a "champion of women" if elected. Y'know how easy it is to vow something? Watch: I vow to grow wings and fly to the moon.

So what sort of things does Schwarzenegger consider "bad behavior"? I guess stuff like this:

In late 1990, Schwarzenegger was in the San Bernardino County town of Fontana, shooting "Terminator 2: Judgment Day." According to a female crew member, Schwarzenegger harassed her on several occasions.

She recalled encountering the actor in an elevator as she headed downstairs to the pool of the hotel where the cast and crew were staying. On each occasion, she said, she was wearing a terrycloth robe over a black, one-piece Speedo swimsuit.

"At least three times — if not more — he would end up in the elevator with me, groping me and trying to take my robe off," said the crew member, now 41 and still working in the movie industry.

"He would pin me against the corner in the elevator" and try to take off her robe and pull down the straps of her suit, she said.

The incidents did not last long, she said, because the elevator ride was short.

The woman said her response to Schwarzenegger's actions evolved with each incident. "The first time, you're like, "Oh, my God! I was groped by Arnold Schwarzenegger!' The second time you're like, 'This is disgusting.' The third time you're like, 'Get the ... away from me.' "

She said she told her boss, who advised her, "Just stay away from him."'

After that, the woman said, she would check the hotel hallway before entering the elevator. She said if Schwarzenegger got into the pool, she would get out.

"What could you do? He was the highest-paid actor in the world. I was a peon," she said. "The only thing you could do is stay away from him."

Yes, pinning a woman in a corner of an elevator and trying to strip her naked (and god knows what else) against her will, is "bad".

I think this incident sums it all up, and gives a titanic reason why Schwarzenegger should not be let anywhere near the governor's office. Schwarzenegger is one of the most powerful men in the entertainment industry. This means that he can do whatever he wants, and that nearly anyone around him is afraid of what he might do with that power should they oppose him. He surely has come to expect this from everyone around him, subservience. That's why he thinks it's okay to molest women; no one calls him on it. In fact, he surely has managers and cohorts who will help him explain it away as "playful" and whatever. He'll be used to giving orders and having them be obeyed, not having to work within rules and boundaries, compromising with legislators and such.

That who you want in charge of your state?

Posted by Jake at 01:13 PM | TrackBack (0)

oh man. oh man.

i watched the debates once. i was sure that arnie's ratings would drop after THAT performance. but...the next day the POLLS indicated that his popularity was increasing. unreal. i had to watch the debates again just to be sure. and yes, arnold's "performance" was as bad as i'd first thought.

and yet his lead keeps growing. this is unreal. one-liners and movie quotes prevail. bullshit over substance.

ive never met a single person that has been polled, by the way.

what is everyone doing? how can so many people support such a moron?

Posted by: ryan at October 2, 2003 05:06 PM

Ryan dear,

you're talking about the nation that loves Elimidate and American Idol.

Give up now. There is no hope.


Posted by: michele at October 3, 2003 01:44 AM

Hmmm....I find the liberal flap over this a bit twofaced. Seems our former president had similar proclivities, but is hailed by many on the left as a great leader. I thought prosecuting Clinton for his poor sexual judgement was a bad idea, and I think this is too. Do we really want to climb on the "character matters" bandwagon, and only end up with purehearted religious wackos in government?

Posted by: RDub at October 4, 2003 02:53 PM

In Schwarzenegger's autobiography, he said he initially viewed women as "sex objects ... here for one reason. Sex was simply another kind of exercise." I think voters will vote their conscience tomorrow. Good Bye Arnold.

Posted by: Larry at October 6, 2003 12:51 PM

This is depressing to the extreme. It's the day before the recall election and i'm still seeing *HIM* on all the headlines. Is the media championing him or what? I'm so sick of this. Thanks for a great blog.

And you know, at least Clinton's sex with Lewinsky was consentual.

I hope that tomorrow night we don't have a rapist/ken-lay-lover in the governor's office.

Posted by: margaret at October 6, 2003 01:09 PM

"I'm Hans" "Und I'm Arnuld und together ve vant to FEEL you up!"

Posted by: ctrl-z at October 6, 2003 10:51 PM

From Gavanator to Gropinator? What about the crazy fans who rubbed their naked body parts on unwilling celebrities... fans whoe pulled their tops off & shove them in a celeb's face.... it is easy to target celebrity.... but truth is....

Posted by: Otto at June 9, 2004 09:27 PM
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November 16, 2004

Tales of Media Woe

Senate May Ram Copyright Bill- one of the most depressing stories of the day that didn't involve death or bombs. It's the music and movie industries' wet dream. It criminalizes peer-to-peer software makers, allows the government to file civil lawsuits on behalf of these media industries, and eliminates fair use. Fair use is the idea that I can use a snippet of a copyrighted work for educational, political, or satirical purposes, without getting permission from the copyright-holder first.

And most tellingly, the bill legalizes technology that would automatically skip over "obejctionable content" (i.e. sex and violence) in a DVD, but bans devices that would automatically skip over commericals. This is a blatant, blatant, blatant gift to the movie industry. Fuck the movie industry, fuck the music industry, fuck the Senate.

Music industry aims to send in radio cops- the recording industry says that you're not allowed to record songs off the radio, be it real radio or internet radio. And now they're working on preventing you from recording songs off internet radio through a mixture of law and technological repression (although I imagine their techno-fixes will get hacked pretty quickly).

The shocking truth about the FCC: Censorship by the tyranny of the few- blogger Jeff Jarvis discovers that the recent $1.2 million FCC fine against a sex scene in Fox's "Married By America" TV show was not levied because hundreds of people wrote the FCC and complained. It was not because 159 people wrote in and complained (which is the FCC's current rationale). No, thanks to Jarvis' FOIA request, we find that only 23 people (of the show's several million viewers) wrote in and complained. On top of that, he finds that 21 of those letters were just copy-and-paste email jobs that some people attached their names to. Jarvis then spins this a bit by saying that "only 3" people actually wrote letters to the FCC, which is misleading but technically true. So somewhere between 3 and 23 angry people can determine what you can't see on television. Good to know.

Reuters Union Considers Striking Over Layoffs- will a strike by such a major newswire service impact the rest of the world's media?

Pentagon Starts Work On War Internet- the US military is talking about the creation of a global, wireless, satellite-aided computer network for use in battle. I think I saw a movie about this once...

Conservative host returns to the air after week suspension for using racial slur- Houston radio talk show host (and somtime Rush Limbaugh substitute) Mark Belling referred to Mexican-Americans as "wetbacks" on his show. He was suspended for a couple of weeks, and then submitted a written apology for the racial slur to a local newspaper. But he seems to be using the slur and its surrounding controversy to boost his conservative cred with his listeners.

Stay Tuned for Nudes- Cleveland TV news anchor Sharon Reed aired a story about artist Spencer Tunick, who uses large numbers of naked volunteers in his installations and photographs. The news report will be unique in that it will not blur or black-out the usual naughty bits. The story will air late at night, when it's allegedly okay with the FCC if you broadcast "indecent" material. The author of this article doesn't seem to notice that Reed first claims that this report is a publicity stunt, but then claims it's a protest against FCC repression. I'd like to think it's the latter, but I'm not that much of a sucker.

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