In light of recent, mass, sexual allegations against Hollywood powerhouses Kevin Spacey and Harvey
Weinstein, both have seen their reputation and careers left in tatters, becoming publicly condemned and professionally outcasted.
Spacey was first accused in October of this year when Star-Trek actor, Anthony Rapp accused him of having made a drunken sexual advance onto him in 1986 when Rapp was aged 14. Since then, some 15 allegations of a similar nature have been made, with Spacey subsequently being dropped by Netflix, cut from the film ‘All the Money in the World’ that he was set to appear in, and seeing his 2017 EMMY award stripped away from him.
The sovereignty of our judicial system has been overcome by the vastly growing Twitterati and vigilante keyboard warriors.
Harvey Weinstein has amassed more than 80 accusations of non-consensual sexual activity, and has resultantly been fired by The Weinstein Company, whilst major partners such as Apple, Lexus and Amazon have severed all ties with the production firm.
First things first, might I make it known that I, as you probably do as well, think crimes of such a nature are heinous, sickening and those who perpetrate them should feel the full force of the first of justice. This is the simple part however (hopefully), and we need not discuss the simplicities, but rather the complex issue that these cases have brought us. This is the issue of trial by media. By this I refer to our tendency to publicly and outspokenly condemn people to a criminal status, as a result of allegations against their personality or conduct. In essence, we like to side with the accuser because why wouldn’t we? Why would we doubt someone who has no reason to lie, fabricate or simply fail to recall a certain set of events?
Well, the reason why we ought to, is that the civilisation of our society is vested to a great extent in our legal system and its impartiality, objectivity and professionalism. Indeed if we as a society maintain any attachment to reason and justice, then surely it is innocent until proven guilty. Alarmingly however, this mantra that was once cherished so dearly has been seemingly abandoned, and the sovereignty of our judicial system has been overcome by the vastly growing Twitterati and vigilante keyboard warriors.
Spacey, Weinstein and Joe from down the hall may deserve public condemnation, but first they merit the right to a trial that isn’t conducted by a twitter user named @noncebuster101, to ascertain whether they are indeed guilty or innocent. I’m certainly not a paedophile sympathiser, an advocate or molestation, or Kevin Spacey’s attorney. In fact, I would be more than shocked if either Spacey or Weinstein were remotely innocent of these allegations of gross sexual misconduct. But that’s not the point. First and foremost I’m an advocate of justice, civilisation and the democratic right to a fair trial. And you should be too.