Days of Reckoning

 

 

Silence is violence?

After the mass shooting in Christchurch last year I saw a photo of a Muslim woman holding a sign. It had three words on it: SILENCE IS VIOLENCE. I keep thinking about those three words, I like to think silence is a dear friend of mine so it created cognitive dissonance to see these words together. Silence is Violence.

As revolting and disturbing as it is to read of exploitation in creative industries, as a cis white pakeha male it is easy to be naive: “I don’t see sexism, racism etc…” But whether you see it or not, does not mean it doesn’t exist. Silence is violence, as it is only silence that allows such behaviour to perpetuate. When people say they ‘don’t like sexual politics’ or ‘political art’ or similar, what they are actually saying is they are happy with the status quo. But the day of reckoning has arrived for the status quo.

Example 1: ‘World’s most beautiful toxic waste dump’ – Weta Digital employees claim sexism, bullying and harassment

Example 2: Wellington musicians say they’ve had to call out sexual harassment from the stage

Example 3: Police urge people to contact them after sexual assault allegations surface against Wellington musicians

Example 4: The NZ music industry’s #MeToo reckoning

Example 5: Music industry professionals demand change after speaking out about its dark side

Example 6,7,8,9, etc…
Google has an endless supply of such reported toxic behaviour

 

 

Silence is violence!

How do people who commit such inhuman crimes live with themselves? Do they not have mothers, sisters, daughters, friends? Do they not have empathy? Such people men know what they do is inherently toxic and exploitative. How do they live with themselves? They abuse and exploit trust. But the biggest lies they tell are to themselves and their pathetic self indulgent egos.

They are a metastatic cancer on the most vulnerable, and it is time they got a serious dose of exposure, so they can feel the shame of their actions. And every man can see that such behaviour is unacceptable.

But exposure is not enough. They must pay a greater price. An audit of behaviour and visits to a psychiatrist are not enough. If a doctor sexually abuses a patient, they are struck off and can no longer practice medicine. The same must apply in the creative industries. They must forfeit their careers.

Men: if you cannot control yourself, put your ego aside and get help. If your addictions are the cause of your toxic behaviour then know this: they are not. They are a symptom, they are not the cause. Get help because you are accountable for your behaviour, and your day of reckoning is coming.

My heart aches for every person who has suffered from such appalling manipulation, and can only imagine the psychological toll it takes when your career depends on any kind of relationship with such people, business and/or personally. Kia kaha to the brave women who have stepped forward to bring these exploitative cowards into the light.

 

Silence is violence!!!

 

 

 

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