"Be compassionate but be skeptical. There are people who desperately want a #MeToo movement in video games. Be especially skeptical of their claims. They've made false allegations before." - Brad Glasgow
The #MeToo Accusation Scandal was an ongoing movement where women (and sometimes men) on Twitter and social media have accused over 80 celebrities and people of sexual assault, rape, and other misconduct. Most of these accusations are false. It has been ongoing since 2017.
Well Known Cases
- Harvey Weinstein - Producer (October 5th, 2017).
- Donald J. Trump - 45th President of the United States (October 15th, 2017) UNCONFIRMED
- Chris Savino - Creator of the Loud House (October 19th, 2017).
- Tyler Malka - Owner of NeoGAF (October 23rd, 2017).
- Kevin Spacey - Actor (October 29, 2017).
- Louis C.K. - Comedian (November 9th, 2017)
- John Lasseter - CEO of Walt Disney Animation and Pixar (November 21st, 2017).
- Stan Lee - Founder of Marvel Comics (January 9th, 2018) UNCONFIRMED
- Alex Jones - Host of Infowars (February 28th, 2018).
- John Kricfalusi - Creator of The Ren and Stimpy Show (March 29th, 2018).
- Morgan Freeman - Actor (May 24th, 2018)
- Orion Acaba - Voice Actor (September 6th, 2018)
- Brett Kavanaugh - Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (September 16th, 2018) FALSE RAPE ACCUSATION.
- Vic Mignogna - Voice Actor (January 16th, 2019) FALSE RAPE ACCUSATION.
- Michael Jackson - Singer (January 25th, 2019) FALSE RAPE ACCUSATION.
- Todd Haberkorn - Voice Actor (January 31st, 2019) FALSE RAPE ACCUSATION.
- Bill Cosby - Comedian (Found Guilty on April 26th, 2019) (3 Rape Allegations before #MeToo).
- Jim Cummings - Voice Actor (May 4th, 2019) UNCONFIRMED
- Alec Holowka - Video Game Developer (August 26th, 2019) FALSE RAPE ACCUSATION.
- Robbie Daymond - Voice Actor (October 10th, 2019) FALSE RAPE ACCUSATION.
- Sebastián Piñera Echenique - Current President of Chile (October 20th, 2019) FALSE RAPE ACCUSATION.
- Johnny Yong Bosch - Voice Actor (December 3rd, 2019) FALSE RAPE ACCUSATION.
- Johnny Depp - Actor (June 2020) FALSE RAPE ACCUSATION.
- Justin Bieber - Singer (June 21st, 2020) FALSE RAPE ACCUSATION.
- D.C. Douglas - Voice Actor (July 8th, 2020)
- Quinton Flynn - Voice Actor (November 15th, 2020)
- Peter J. Nygård - Former A Fashion Executive (a Few Rape Allegations before #MeToo, then Arrested)
- Marilyn Manson - Singer (February 1, 2021) UNCONFIRMED
Trouble on Twitter started on October 15th, 2017 when actress Alyssa Milano suggested that victims of sexual misconduct write "me too" as a reply to her tweet in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment accusations. Eventually, the #MeToo bandwagon started. The bandwagon consists of users banding together to accuse random celebrities of misconduct, with 80% of the claims reportedly being false. The tweet went viral, getting 25k likes and 13k retweets in a single day.
There have been reports of worries that some accusations are false. As of now, although some have acknowledged the scandal, the trend is still ongoing. Many targets included Harvey Weinstein.
Why This Movement is Rotten
- Some people have been falsely accused of misconduct. It almost seems like some people are accused in a way of sport or just wild mass guessing. There are even rumors that the trend could become a "witch-hunt".
- Some people even lost their jobs or have been treated poorly due to being one of the targets.
- It has become too viral and when a movement gets too big, bad apples such as scammers are sure to pop up.
- Talking about how big the movement is, many supporters of the movement have the cult-like mentality.
- Many people in the movement place the blame for sexual misconduct on all men as a group, as opposed to the small minority of men and women who actually commit it.
- Most of the victims of either real or fake sexual harassment make poor examples being one, like not taking criticism.
- Some Social Justice Warriors and Radical feminists use this as an opportunity to encourage “listen and believe” and “guilty until proven innocent” mentality.
- Amber Heard is an example of this.
- The movement has caused men to become (if possible) even more wary of women and unwilling to work with them, which can bring potential harm to workplace diversity and efficiency. Some women even fear that they will lose job opportunities because they have less chance to showcase their work to their bosses.
- The biggest issue of the movement is that it takes place on social media, therefore enabling anyone to make any accusation, with or without proof. This is made even worse by the fact that being so much as accused of being a harasser (or worse, a rapist) can severely damage one's reputation.
- It equates legitimate injustices like rape and sexual assault with much more minor actions that may or may not be perceived as sexual misconduct.
- Many members of the movement are angry at male survivors for trying to add their own voices into the movement, which they allege to be intended primarily for women. They have also reacted with anger when men tried to create separate hashtags like #HimToo and #MenToo, which they view as "derailing".
- It helps certain authoritarian nations such as China (where Twitter is mostly banned and censorship in social media is rampant) create false pretenses that their own country has a lower MeToo presence (and therefore fewer sexual misconducts) due to their “superior education and culture".
- Italian actress Asia Argento, one of the founders, was involved in sexual misconduct, making it an ironic movement (although she denied the accusations). Another co-founder had to leave due to her own son being accused of sexual misconduct.
- It forces the "guilty until proven innocent" presumption instead of the "innocent until proven guilty", with the former being more likely of causing a wrong verdict, especially if the accused truly is innocent and the accuser is falsifying evidence to get free money. Worth noting that it is also a denial of an international human right under the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 11. It basically is an "end justifies the means", which is also untrue.
- It is very hypocritical when it comes to presidential candidate Joe Biden, who many MeToo advocates defended when he was met with sexual misconduct allegations despite their refusal to defend other accused men. This showcases the movement's political motives.
- Ironically enough, Harvey Weinstein, Louis C.K., Kevin Spacey, and D. C. Douglas are all Democrats as well (Douglas even advocated for this movement especially against Kavanaugh and Mignogna), which led to the "male feminist turns out to be a sexual predator" archetype or for Spacey case "LGBT supporters turns out to be predator" archetype which gives the LGBT a bad name.
- Like Biden, Douglas was also defended by MeToo advocates if for no reason other than his sociopolitical views.
- While Biden at least apologized, Douglas, on the other hand, refuses to admit his behavior, yet many MeToo advocates support him.
- It led to Alec Holowka committing suicide after Zoë Quinn accused him of assault. Her one tweet led to the creators of Night in the Woods cutting ties with him, a game he was working on getting canceled, and him being blacklisted from the video game industry in general without any shred of actual evidence.
- It gives shame to actual and innocent victims of sexual abuse and misconduct, as well as women in general.
- Because of the MeToo movement, it makes men not want to date women (Henry Cavill even said he was afraid to enter a relationship after the movement started) and it creates more incels, thus causing more harm than good.
- Wade Robson and James Safechuck made false rape allegations about Michael Jackson in the form of the documentary, Leaving Neverland in 2019. Although there was little evidence of their claims, they still successfully defamed Michael Jackson. As a result, his songs were pulled from some radio stations, the Simpsons removed the episode "Stark Raving Dad" from prime time TV, and his memorabilia has been removed from shops.
- Referring to Point 17 and Point 1, it has ruined and defamed the careers of many celebrities, guilty and innocent of sexual misconduct.
- The celebrities will have their memorabilia, portraits, work, and other merchandise removed from some shops and studios.
- Celebrities will most likely lose their jobs.
- Many people and even companies in some cases will turn against them.
- And worse of all, it can lead to suicide (like Alec Holowka) or imprisonment.
- It deludes actual victims into thinking all accused parties are automatically guilty, like how Corina Boettger, a voice actress and victim of abuse by Orion Acaba, still thinks Vic Mignogna and Todd Haberkorn are guilty.
- A leaked email suggests that some people will only falsely accuse celebrities of monetary gain and absolutely nothing else, which, again, also looks bad on actual victims!
- A few companies made very poor decisions for The MeToo Movement.
- The worst offender was Sony's Censorship Policy. Sony, in the response to MeToo, censored many video games on the PlayStation 4 (Most of them were Japanese Games) that had aspects of nudity to keep children safe from them. Ironically enough, they still allow Western games, such as The Last of Us Part II, to have elements of nudity and other adult themes.
- PornHub (Insert Text About the Credit/Debit Card Removal Update or Deciding Towards TraffickingHub)
- One of the organizations that support the MeToo movement, Time's Up, has spent most of their donations, which were to be used to help victims of sexual harassment, to pay to salaries of their executives.
- At best, this movement only provides Obsessive Anti-SJWs, Incels, Alt-right, and extreme conservatives more fuel to drive their bias against liberalism, Democrats, feminism, left-wing movements, and social justice. At worst, it only gave Social Justice Warriors, 3rd wave feminists, and actual sexual attackers more power and influence over the media.
- It gave people a chance to stand up against misconduct, especially in certain fields such as finance.
- It helped unveiled information of many sexual harassers, such as Tyler Malka.
- They do have some common sense of not supporting Amber Heard in the trial on Johnny Depp showing that they do have standards.
- Some people in the movement at least admit they lied later on, like Robbie Daymond's accuser.
- It also helps in countries where far more rapes are unreported like Sub-Saharan Africa, Papua New Guinea, South Asia (especially India), and Muslim-majority countries.
The MeToo movement has been met with polarizing reactions. Many people support MeToo and Timesup in order to call out powerful men in business and Hollywood. However it has also been accused of allowing dishonest women to accuse innocent men of something they never did either for revenge, attention or even financial gain.