I just finished reading RONAN FARROW’S New Yorker article detailing the behavior that has derailed the career of entertainment icon LES MOONVES. All the accusations are pretty much the same. Talented woman takes a meeting with Les and before she knows it, the dude has his hand up her skirt…or tongue in her mouth…or is outright on top of her in a flash.
The women were all uniformly traumatized emotionally – though not physically. He didn’t actually hurt anybody. Les was just tryin’ to score. We have no idea how many women went along with the program. What we do know is that those interviewees who related that they’d rejected his advances all felt he’d derailed their careers. And more than one stated that he threatened to do just that verbally after the rejection.
I tend to believe all these stories when there are so many corroborating victims. One – or even two? I might give a guy the benefit of the doubt. People can have agendas. But when it’s 6 (or 30 like with Cosby), I figure where there’s smoke there’s fire. (And when a guy like the New York State DA resigns, the veracity of the accusations is all but a foregone conclusion.)
Well anyway…as I read Ronan’s narrative, I couldn’t help but wonder how a ho would handle Les. I mean…they fuck guys for a living. Some dude lusting to jump their bones and then doing just that would hardly be a unique moment. Mostly, they’d just do it to get ahead. I mean (in her mind) “What’s the big deal? This is a chance of a lifetime. Just let the slob have at it. He’ll probably be done in a couple of minutes and then I’ll get what I’ve been working so hard for all these years!”
And then it occurred to me that this fleeting thought is a moot point. I don’t think I’ve ever met a working girl who had enough talent to get an interview with a Les Moonves in the first place. They could only meet somebody like that in a professional setting (if and when he ordered a girl up). And then the executive hustle takes on a different disguise.
I remember a few years back when a “friend” sold an hour to the guitar player from a hugely popular New Jersey rock arena act which sold millions of records in the 80’s and is still popular. The guy has a daughter with a fabulous blonde who once played a cop in a tv series. First, he paid her $300 for an hour during which he offered to make this girl the next Madonna. She bit hard (even though she was tone deaf) and then gave up several more hours free of charge until the girl finally figured out she was getting hustled. It was then and only then that she reappeared after a week absent (totally uncharacteristic – she called constantly) to spill her guts and reveal how hurt she was with the whole affair.
I think the point is that men in a position of power tend to abuse that power to score with beautiful women. Let’s call it Rock Star Syndrome. It’s really primal in its origins. Guys work hard and why? So they can score with all the beautiful women. Not really that complicated. Men simply need to control that impulse and exercise a little style and subtlety to make it work. Apparently many don’t. And Les Moonves is the most recent example.