America’s Perv Problem: Calling Out Creeps in Power
Why is everyone so surprised by the recent sexual-harassment claims? It’s been going on forever in show business (“Pervnado,” Nov. 11).
The “casting couch” was taken lightly for years until now, when the dirt is coming out. It’s time to put an end to sexual harassment and bullying of both men and women at all workplaces. John Buonagura Stewart Manor
I find it outrageous that we’re going crazy over sexual assault in the entertainment industry when Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has tried unsuccessfully for years to get a bill through the Senate to protect women in the military from sexual assaults.
Are these our values? Do the women who put their lives at risk and protect us mean less than performers? Is this how we say “thank you for your service”?
Not to discount performers, but it’s shameful that stories of predatory movie producers cause outrage, while similar stories of generals and admirals do not. Stewart Frimer Forest Hills
Is anyone really surprised by these sex scandals perpetrated by Hollywood and media liberals? We live in an atmosphere of “anything goes,” no matter how aberrant the behavior.
What was the tipping point? It wasn’t when President Bill Clinton was accused of assault. Perhaps it was Harvey Weinstein’s gross, por- cine misdeeds after buying silence from his victims. Or maybe Louis C.K., a so-so comedian, “handling” himself in front of unsuspecting women somehow tipped the public’s scale of righteous indignation
I remain surprised by how long it took for these matters to become known. Steve Scalici Staten Island
With countless TV and movie executives, actors and politicians being accused of sexual assault, it seems sexual deviancy and perversion are deeply embedded in the American culture
Correcting the problem is far more complicated than just putting a few individuals in jail. Our entire culture from top to bottom needs to be redone, as some males in our society are sick and perverted. Kenneth Zimmerman Huntington Beach, Calif.