The men of our times are truly men of our times

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Men have re­peat­edly told me that Louis C.K. is one of the fun­ni­est co­me­di­ans of our age, and ev­ery­one knows Man Facts are more true than Lady Facts.

In­deed when the New York Times re­ported the long-whis­pered ru­mours that Louis C.K. had, for many years, mas­tur­bated in front of women with­out their con­sent, I wasn’t sur­prised. In fact, it fits the times.

You have to un­der­stand: he’s a man of his time.

It’s easy to look at his ac­tions and judge him by our cur­rent stan­dards.

In 2002, when Louis C.K. in­vited two fe­male co­me­di­ans to hang out and in­stead brought his pe­nis to the party, it was a dif­fer­ent time and clearly, we’re dif­fer­ent peo­ple now. Eminem had a new al­bum out, Queen El­iz­a­beth II sat on the throne and the Amer­i­can pres­i­dent seemed un­fit for of­fice. I barely rec­og­nize us. Ac­tivist his­to­ri­ans are go­ing to point to that time in Septem­ber 2017 when the co­me­dian told the Times, “I’m not go­ing to an­swer to that stuff, be­cause they’re ru­mors” and judge him by the un­fair stan­dards of his Novem­ber 2017 state­ment say­ing, “Those sto­ries are true.” He was, af­ter all, sim­ply a man of the time be­tween Septem­ber and Novem­ber.

There’s a grow­ing trend of dis­card­ing the great men of our time be­cause they reg­u­larly and ca­su­ally as­saulted, ha­rassed and mis­treated the women of our time. What kind of so­ci­ety can we be if we no longer cel­e­brate An­drew Kreis­berg, the show run­ner of tele­vi­sion shows, The Flash and Su­per­girl? How can we erase such a vi­tal part of our his­tory?

With an eraser? I don’t know if that’s even pos­si­ble, or if there are big enough erasers, or if maybe we should think about try­ing wall­pa­per in­stead.

To me, there is no doubt that Louis C.K. and Kreis­berg sex­u­ally ha­rassed women over whom they had power. (Al­legedly. Surely the lawyers would say I have to take back the “there is no doubt” part.)

But, like other men of their time, they were far from alone in their be­lief that they could do what­ever they wanted to women with im­punity. (Daddy’s Home 2 star­ring Mel Gib­son made $30 mil­lion this week­end and Woody Allen’s new film comes out Dec. 1!)

Vil­i­fy­ing these great men with­out un­der­stand­ing the era they live in is surely a mis­take.

To un­der­stand that era, con­sider that in 2016, a man was heard say­ing, “When you’re a star, they let you do it” about grop­ing women and the Amer­i­can pub­lic thought, “That is the man to lead us and in­spire us.”

It must be the times. Or Vicky Mochama is Metro’s na­tional colum­nist. She ap­pears ev­ery Mon­day, Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day.

What kind of so­ci­ety can we be if we no longer cel­e­brate An­drew Kreis­berg, the show run­ner of tele­vi­sion shows, The Flash and Su­per­girl?

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