It was a busy news day yesterday and many of the top stories went beyond cringeworthy into pure ickiness.
–> Women who have been groped, harassed and crudely propositioned by Herman Cain are sprouting like mushrooms after a monsoon.The latest accusation is the ickiest and it goes well beyond sexual harassment into the realm of sexual assault. Cain’s hold on wingnuttia’s imagination had been ebbing for days but he still has the hardcore misogynists like Rushbo on his side. What was described by Ms. Bialek was an assault, which is an unwanted touching of any kind. I wonder if the Hoaxidate has learned to keep his hands to himself. Probably not.
–>I wrote about the uplifting side of college football yesterday as thePenn State perv caseunfolded. It’s such an icky story that I ended up in a rare serious conversation on Twitter about it. Our conclusion was that Penn State is the Catholic Church of the NCAA. It’s a good analogy since Joe Paterno has been called the Pope more than once over the years. It’s time for him to go. I bet Pope Benny could find a spot for him…
—> On a *somewhat* less icky note, I sawJack Abramoffon60 Minutes. I don’t buy Casino Jack’s contrition for a nano-second BUT I now understand the secret of his success. The man could sell ice to the Inuits and synthesizes sincerity with the best of them.
—> Finally, let’s move into the celebrity ickiness zone. Director Bret Ratner is well known for making “blow stuff up movies” and his latest popcorn flick, Tower Heist is a hit. Ratner harshed his own buzz by saying “rehearsing is for fags.”Ratner later apologized but this has got to be the dumbest slur ever. I have no idea what the hell it means since manly directors have been known to rehearse too.