In a week that saw the toppling of Christopher Columbus, and other statues, in the U.S., it is perhaps not at all coincidental that, today, one of Britain's most popular new tv shows is BBC One's "I May Destroy You."
If there is one takeaway I garnered from my four-year political science degree, it's that "the personal is political." In the new British TV series, "I May Destroy You," the main thread is sexual consent. It's written, directed and starring Michaela Coel, a UK-born young woman of immigrant parents from Ghana.
She's also a self-described rape survivor.
If you watch the series trailer, featured prominently on BBC One, and on YouTube you quickly get the gist of this first season premise: it's a date rape of a drunk young woman in a nightclub who has been slipped some kind of rufi in her drink after imbibing shot after shot after shot of hard alcohol.
The next morning she awakens with a wound to her forehead and a blacked-out memory.
In recent years, the #MeToo movement revealed to a wider audience that rape survivors are not isolated cases. Indeed, they are rampant in the population, with some estimates putting the figures at approximately 20% for women and 4% for men in the UK; and in the U.S., RAINN.org states, "One out of every six American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime."
For black women in the U.S. the statistics are even more alarming. "More than four in 10 Black women experience physical violence from an intimate partner during their lifetimes" according to the Institute for Women's Policy Research.
The personal is the political.
The three co-founders of BlackLivesMatter are all female.
I am not the first to draw a parallel between Patrice Khan-Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi's BLM movement to the #MeToo movement.
A university research paper makes an in-depth comparative analysis along those lines.
And in this article, Alicia Garza, in her capacity as the strategic partnerships director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, speaks to the sexual abuse and harrassment that nannies, house/hotel cleaners and caregivers are subject to.
I would not take this as a coincidence.
Lets not forget to note that the former head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, once seen to be a potential French presidential candidate, was charged with attempted rape against a hotel maid in 2011.
Subsequent to that, he stepped down from the IMF, never running for political office.
In addition to toppling statues this past week, our ascendant, albeit ludicrous, "cancel culture" was also successful in getting HBO Max to pull the classic film, "Gone With the Wind," (MGM/Loews).
The crime of this classic film adaptation of this literary brick (authored by Margaret Mitchell) in our American cultural façade, set in the Antebellum South? "Racism," as judged by today's norms.
For this, censorship is being allowed as we get swept up in this Taliban-esque frenzy of "undo America."
On a France 24 (in English) June 1 report, "Going, Going, Gone With The Wind," the outlet looked "at reactions in the papers to HBO Max's decision to temporarily pull 'Gone With the Wind' from its catalogue over concerns about racism. It's not just Hollywood though — various comedians globally have seen their work pulled for racial stereotyping. Should they stay as a relic of history or should we move with the times?"
View the France 24 piece.
When I tune into left discourse these days, I am informed that the American experiment is under review right now. Any of us who dare to question this review process and/or its methods will be ridiculed, discredited and worse, (especially true, I can personally attest, if you are a female dissenting voice).
Even the most centrist of the conservative voices like Tucker Carlson are not safe from this threat of adverse professional repercussions for having an opinion that differs from the (once-radical) left's.
HuffPost characterized this Prime-Time Fox host's comments several days ago as, "Tucker's 'Bonkers Rant' against Sesame Street's Elmo and His Dad's" propaganda-infused conversation about how to explain racism to a kid.
It's yet another example of how all of us who dare to still hold an independent thought, or have our own perspective, can and will be subject to the kangaroo court of correct thinking.
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Paige Donner has contributed to Newsmax since 2018. She's a media expert, commentator, novelist, and serial entrepreneur. She founded the company, Paris Food And Wine in 2013. In 2018, she founded IoTShipping, a supply chain logistics startup that uses the Internet of Things (IoT) for precision traceability of shipped goods. Paige began her journalism career in Paris, France in 1990. Her first job out of university was with Time-Life's rue Fbg. St. Honore offices. Within the next two years, she took freelancing work as a copy editor for the International Herald Tribune, now re-branded the International New York Times, as well as writing assignments for Variety — the film and television trade magazine. Paige has also clerked for the Senate President of the Hawaii State Legislature. A filmmaker, she has written several television pilots as well as directed television commercials and film shorts. She also contributed to American Cinematographer, the Los Angeles Times, Daily Variety, Huffpost, and a film production trade magazine, Below The Line. As of 2010, Paige has again made Paris, France her home. She has also written for the International New York Times. Since 2013, she has been the sole regular local editor/photographer contributor based in Paris, France for USA Today. Read Paige Donner's Reports — More Here.
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