How Many Careers Have Been Ruined?


We have seen an outpouring of ink over the legitimate claim that numerous actresses have seen their careers ruined because they wouldn't have sex with powerful men. This is endemic to every walk of life. The music industry will catch up to the film industry, if only because that would be the right thing to do.

Stacey Solomon has a story to tell:

The former X Factor contestant and TV presenter said she felt unable to progress in her music career following the incident

Stacey Solomon has said that she was sexually propositioned by a big music producer in order to ‘further her career’.

Speaking as a panelist on Loose Women today (January 31), Solomon discussed an incident that took place while she was attempting to make and distribute music in another country.

The former X Factor contestant said the producer had asked for “some alone time to get to know each other better” while working, after her appearance on the ITV singing competition.

“I remember going out to a different country to work on a record and hopefully distribute it,” Solomon said. “And I met somebody who was really big – a music producer – who could help me distribute it and get on board and make a huge difference.

“That person asked if I wanted some alone time at dinner to get to know each other better.”

Despite initially thinking that producer was joking, the singer realised that the remark was “a real invitation of ‘if you come with me I can help you’”.

Solomon continued by saying she then knew she wasn’t going to be able to “further my career”.

There are going to be more stories and more fallout from this. I think it is imperative to believe and support everyone who comes forward. Yes, due process is important, but we, as a culture, have been conditioned to think women are liars. That has to change.

Shaun White Had a Band?

Nothing about this story makes any sense:

Superstar Olympian snowboarder and skateboarder Shaun White is now facing a potentially serious legal case against the ex-drummer of his band, the Bad Things.  The case, filed by Bohm Law Group, Inc. on behalf of Lena Zawaideh, who played in the group for several years.

During that period, the two-time Gold medalist White was accused of being a lewd and sexually aggressive band leader, with the following laundry list of offenses cited in the recent filing:

  • Sending sexually explicit and graphic images to Zawaideh of engorged and erect penises.
  • Forcing Zawaideh to watch sexually disturbing videos, including videos sexualizing human fecal matter.
  • Making vulgar sexual remarks to Zawaideh such as, “Don’t forget to suck his balls!” when commenting about Zawaideh’s boyfriend.
  • Sticking his hands down his pants, approached Zawaideh, and the sticking his hands in her face trying to make her smell them.

It’s unclear what relationship the pair had during the period, though White may counter-argue that these actions were merely part of a sex-filled relationship between the pair.  In that counter-argument, things like ‘dick pics’ and lewd comments would be acceptable rules of the relationship, though issues involving California workplace violations will be sharply tested.

I can't tell if this was a vanity project or just proof that Shaun White is an immature asshole. Bonus tip for serial abusers out there--sending dick picks is essentially proof that you don't know what you're doing anymore.