In the current post-Weinstein social climate, Gene Simmons might be one of a handful of people who you would be least surprised to hear caught up in the tidal wave of accusations against famous and powerful men.
He has been accused by three women of creepy behaviour, and as a result of one incident last month, was apparently issued a lifetime ban by Fox News from its premises.
Simmons has stepped up to defend himself, and in doing so, has raised some issues around the #MeToo movement that bear deeper thought and consideration.
To be clear, this not to suggest that I’m coming down on one side or another on this case. I don’t know what happened, and women need to be believed when they have the courage to come forward with accusations.
It seems to me however, that with careers being ruined after allegations made, the distinction has to be made between believing women, and automatically assuming the accusations to be true.
Believing the accusation should be a given, but only to the extent that it prompts an immediate, thorough, and impartial investigation to determine whether the accusations are actually true. With the way news and social media work these days, that is almost impossible.
At least, that’s what I think Simmons is arguing HERE.
I’d be interested in reading your perspective.