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From apologies to denials, a guide to the complex world of post-Me Too comebacks

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  • The worrying thing this article highlights is that the legal system hasn’t started changing as we need it to.

    #metoo was a necessity, trial by public opinion had to take place because trial by jury was failing to protect victims.

    If we are discussing comebacks without clear criminal conviction or

    The worrying thing this article highlights is that the legal system hasn’t started changing as we need it to.

    #metoo was a necessity, trial by public opinion had to take place because trial by jury was failing to protect victims.

    If we are discussing comebacks without clear criminal conviction or acquittal, then it shows above all that we have not fixed that vital issue.

  • Over the past few months, there's been lots of news of powerful men who were ousted for sexual misconduct and who are now suddenly back in positions of power. I, like many other people, haven't quite known what to make of that. I was uncomfortable with it, but didn't expect them to have to remain out

    Over the past few months, there's been lots of news of powerful men who were ousted for sexual misconduct and who are now suddenly back in positions of power. I, like many other people, haven't quite known what to make of that. I was uncomfortable with it, but didn't expect them to have to remain out of work forever.

    Amanda and I turned to the data in the hope that it could illuminate something of a pattern. It did show us some interesting trends, but my biggest takeaway was that there's no one way to stage a comeback. Some people try to come back and are rebuffed; others are able to little by little creep back in. Still others simply never leave.

    One thing I am sure of, though: Comebacks are a reality of the Me Too age. And that uncomfortable feeling of knowing an accused abuser is back in power is something we're going to have to confront a lot in the coming years.

  • Everyone is entitled to a living. Nobody deserves public praise without criticism. There is a free market for both ideas and entertainment - which isn’t the same thing as jurisprudence and the legal system. It is important that we let criminal cases unfold in the appropriate setting, and ensure that

    Everyone is entitled to a living. Nobody deserves public praise without criticism. There is a free market for both ideas and entertainment - which isn’t the same thing as jurisprudence and the legal system. It is important that we let criminal cases unfold in the appropriate setting, and ensure that human ugliness in all its forms cannot succeed in a business setting where customers are free to “vote with their feet”.

  • This is an incredibly well-reported story, but it feels so bleak. Alex astutely notes that comebacks are the next evolution of the MeToo era, but I for one am not ready to grapple with that.

  • This article is a very sophisticated analysis regarding #MeToo professional comebacks. The one quality it cannot account for - by the author’s own admission - is the small sample set of data; perhaps the most significant of which is time. As a rule, the public does tend to have a rather short collective

    This article is a very sophisticated analysis regarding #MeToo professional comebacks. The one quality it cannot account for - by the author’s own admission - is the small sample set of data; perhaps the most significant of which is time. As a rule, the public does tend to have a rather short collective memory on most matters. It remains to be seen how that factor will manifest in future comeback attempts.

    The second element is how the sheer volume of accusations has effected the public. The #MeToo movement at its initial zenith is now a cornerstone event in recent history. However, given the sheer number of those who came forward, accusing very high-profile individuals, has the public become desensitized to what are otherwise grave admissions of unconscionable behavior by those figures they adore?

    These questions cannot yet be answered, and any attempted extrapolation at present is mere conjecture. However, it is these two major factors that may weigh heavily for anyone attempting a future comeback.

  • So the length of time you need to wait it out directly ties back to your level of talent and importance. Got it.

  • Here’s a guide: don’t come back

  • A good analysis of the status of #Metoo accusers. Whatever their way of handling the situation is, but i do not see much counseling or judicial system to handle such issues.

  • I feel our long-term response to "me too" needs to include a change in the way we raise our children. Females need to be educated, soupported, and empowered not to tolerate inappropriate behavior. Males need to be educated, supported, and held accountable to recognize and honor boundaries. As a society

    I feel our long-term response to "me too" needs to include a change in the way we raise our children. Females need to be educated, soupported, and empowered not to tolerate inappropriate behavior. Males need to be educated, supported, and held accountable to recognize and honor boundaries. As a society, we need to learn to respond to these situations so that this problem lessens over time.

  • Wow, Lars von Trier came back so fast that his scandal almost totally passed me by. Nice graphics in this article.

  • It’s a good analysis, but while reading, it led me to think about Bill Clinton and his almost certain Me Too public incident, and his other incidents that if occurred today would be devastating.

    My feeling is that The Clinton’s led this movement decades before and somehow returned to work without any damage.