Another one bites the dust.
Today Show host Matt Lauer was fired from NBC over sexual misconduct allegations that the company says were probably not an isolated incident (Lauer’s alleged bad behavior has not been publicly described in any detail). He is only the latest in a string of high-profile men brought down by accusations of handsiness or inappropriate behavior toward female colleagues.
What’s stunning about the Lauer firing, though, is how decisively NBC acted – especially considering that Lauer is one of their marquee names, and has anchored one of their most-watched and profitable shows for two decades. The evidence for his misbehavior must be pretty solid (a video? A hot mic?), but so too must be NBC’s conviction that keeping a harasser or assailant on staff would be financial and reputational suicide.
This is new. And it’s a feminist victory.
Today Show co-host Savannah Guthrie captured what so many women feel when men we like, admire, or love commit harassment or assault.
D’ye see that little leap? From allegation to commit. And this is a victory? Denunciations lead to the loss of job and career?
That’s really not a societal victory because we’re not going to enjoy a society where denunciation alone does lead to that.