Beauties and the Beast

So I was scrubbing my toilet and cleaning out the cat box  today, and for some reason it made me think about the events of this past Friday.  We’re all aware by now of Trump’s icky comments regarding the unwanted grabbing of women’s body parts.  He’s all for it and feels he can get away with it because he’s a “star”.  Ewww.

Anyhow, two of the targets of this…er…”locker room banter” have spoken up.  And have done a fantastic job.

Nancy O’Dell:

“Politics aside, I’m saddened that these comments still exist in our society at all. When I heard the comments yesterday, it was disappointing to hear such objectification of women. The conversation needs to change because no female, no person, should be the subject of such crass comments, whether or not cameras are rolling. Everyone deserves respect no matter the setting or gender. As a woman who has worked very hard to establish her career, and as a mom, I feel I must speak out with the hope that as a society we will always strive to be better.”

Arianne Zucker:

“I am a strong, independent, hard working mother, business woman and partner to a great man,” she wrote. “I have grown to learn that the words of others cannot effect the value of my self worth or define the content of my character. How we treat one another, whether behind closed doors, locker rooms or face to face, should be done with kindness, dignity and respect. Unfortunately, there are too many people in power who abuse their position and disregard these simple principles and are rewarded for it. In understanding the magnitude of this situation, I choose to stand tall with self respect and use my voice to enrich, inspire and elevate the best of who we are as people.”

Trump tried to explain away the exchange as “locker room banter” but several professional athletes are having none of it.

Terrific responses all around.  Thanks to these two ladies for handling the situation with such courage and dignity.  Thanks to the athletes for reminding us that most guys do not think like Trump, and are in fact repulsed by his behavior.

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