Err, yes

The New Yorker magazine has suspended one of its long-time staff writers, legal expert Jeffrey Toobin, while it investigates a report that he was allegedly masturbating during a Zoom work call earlier this month.

“I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake, believing I was off-camera,” Toobin said in a statement on Monday about the situation, first reported by Vice.

He added: “I apologize to my wife, family, friends and co-workers. I thought I had muted the Zoom video, I thought no one on the Zoom call could see me.”

He has so far declined to confirm details.

Whether the camera was on or off it’s an odd thing to be doing during a work call. although, people who work at the New Yorker……

8 thoughts on “Err, yes”

  1. For all we know he was also wearing women’s underwear throughout the Zoom meeting.

    At least I haven’t seen him deny it.

  2. If he was using the image of a colleague as a visual aid, thinking he could see and not be seen, that’s pretty desperate and sad. If he was engaging in online exhibitionism, that’s just standard incomprehensible pervism. If he was merely engaging in self pleasuring in a boring meeting instead of doodling or Candy Crush, then that’s odd in a different way.

    I think the least he could do would be to tell us. Some of us older folk need help in understanding the digital revolution.

  3. TMB

    I would have thought that a revolutionary technique would be less visible than the traditional method. You could always claim you were trying to open a bottle or something.

    On a related note, I remember an incident in a college I was working at. An older gent had come in for a cheap haircut by a young female trainee. Convinced he was misbehaving himself, she notified her lecturer, who robustly challenged him and lifted up the gown covering him. The old boy was polishing his specs.

  4. So Much For Subtlety

    Sam Vara October 20, 2020 at 7:30 am – “If he was using the image of a colleague as a visual aid, thinking he could see and not be seen, that’s pretty desperate and sad.”

    He was probably watching Japanese tentacle porn on another screen with the sounds off. I mean, doesn’t everyone?

    Colleagues could tell because he was so attentive.

  5. wat dabney said:
    “For all we know he was also wearing women’s underwear throughout the Zoom meeting”

    Or his wife’s kimono?

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