The Harvey Weinstein scandal, which exposed the producer as a serial sex offender, even rapist, gave fresh impetus to the already decade-old #MeToo ‘movement’. But the backlash against actress Asia Argento for paying to silence a teenage actor on whom she had allegedly forced herself, in much the same way she says she was raped by Weinstein, has become a backlash against the movement itself. But #MeToo is critical of power and the ways in which it enables sexual predators. That includes Argento. And the likes of New York University professor Avital Ronell whose toe-curling ‘intimacy’ with a graduate student appears to be a textbook case of abuse. Except that Ronell had the written support of such ‘radical’ academics as Gayatri Spivak, Slavoj Zizek and Judith Butler. They were protecting a fellow ‘luminary’, circling the wagons. Except they keep telling us they’re better than the old boys’ network. Ronell even used an academic version of Trumpian “lockerroom talk” to explain her behaviour.