Men in Hollywood have to keep their head on a swivel nowadays after the entire entertainment industry has been exposed for its sexually predatory behavior. From Harvey Weinstein to Kevin Spacey to Louis C.K. and their enablers like Ben Affleck and Aziz Ansari, some of our favorite entertainers, producers, and directors are turning out to be the worst idols in our society.
Every accuser who has come forward so far is believed, and is held with the type of legitimacy we've rarely seen from sexual assault, harassment, and rape victims, ever. Even if the victim is coming forward 20, 30, or 40 years later, they're still taken seriously. And, above all, the accused individuals are being shunned and reprimanded by society and their respective employers.
So, why is it so hard to believe the women coming forward describing the sexual harassment, assault, and attempted rape committed against them by Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore?
On Monday, Beverly Young Nelson, a self-described Trump supporter, came forward as the fifth woman accusing Moore of sexual misconduct when she was 16 years old in the late 1970s. However, these allegations were even worse than before, in that Nelson was accusing Moore of attempting to rape her in his car.
Nelson's account is harrowing. She even showed her high school yearbook with Roy Moore's signature. He signed it, "Roy Moore D.A." If you compare his signature in that yearbook to his signature from this year, they match up almost perfectly. It doesn't look doctored.
Who in their 30s signs a high school yearbook if you're not infatuated with women that young? Who gets run out of the local mall for constantly harassing young teenage girls? And with the statute of limitations running out on these particular cases, what do these women stand to gain from all of this, aside from being viciously attacked for being victims in the first place?
The timing on this isn't suspect, but Roy Moore's handling of it sure is. He looks increasingly guilty by the minute.
As chief justice, Moore was removed twice from the Alabama Supreme Court over his unwillingness to follow the law regarding the Ten Commandments monument and continuing his ban on same-sex marriages. If he wins his special election in December, the Republican-controlled Senate will never let him take his seat and ultimately expel him.
Even before these allegations surfaced, there were questions about Moore being able to uphold the law and protect the Constitution. His views on Islam of believing there are communities in the U.S. living under Sharia Law to the 9/11 terrorist attacks were because we turned away from God raised eyebrows. But his call for a religious test and his admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin's tough stance on same-sex marriage makes him wholly unqualified of supporting the rights and liberties of all of his constituents.
With all of this in mind, is Roy Moore still worth the headache he's putting America through?