Culture critic: Has #MeToo Become a Witch Hunt?
Women “are not going nuts for no reason,” concedes Clare Berlinski at The American Interest. And yet, she cautions, #MeToo “is going too far. Mass hysteria has set in. It has become a classic moral panic, one that is ultimately as dangerous to women as to men.” Indeed, “it now takes only one accusation to destroy a man’s life. Just one for him to be tried and sentenced in the court of public opinion, overnight costing him his livelihood and social respectability.” We seem unable “to parse the difference between rape and stupidity.” Yes, the guilty must be held to account, but “revolutions against real injustice have a tendency . . . to descend into paroxysms of vengeance that descend upon guilty and innocent alike.” And, she warns, “we’re getting too close.”