Was he the victim of a media campaign similar to the one being waged against Russell Brand?
I always thought getting Cuomo out was a way to make the nursing home problem go away without admitting fault. At this point I assume these types of attacks are "ready-to-go" for anybody who's big enough to be somebody.
I think you're exaggerating the dangers to Cuomo of the "nursing home scandal", because this was just another lie in the Covid tapestry of lies that they were all guilty of and that could have easily been hidden by our regime press. Emperor Gavin has done even more fucked up shit (like banging his campaign manager's wife) and the press just pauses its fellation while they copy down his greasy lies.
For whatever reasons, and I'm guessing rich and powerful people making private phone calls to him has more to do with it than various victim arias, the DNC and its donor class were done with Andy and they made him an offer he couldn't refuse—either resign now and we'll leave you with an ability to make a living and have a social presence, or else we'll make you as radioactive as an Epstein or Weinstein. (Why he was marked for death by the PTB, I can only speculate).
But this whole thing does stink, especially his refusal to fight back, which offends me as an adult and as an Italian-American from Queens (homeland of many Cuomos). Old Andy would have mounted a legal defense, slapped some slander suits on these "survivors" LOL, and gone down fighting—but this time no one had his back because the word was out that Andy had to go.
But this episode does reveal 2 of the grosser aspects of our zeitgeist: modern Feminism™, which has devolved into group therapy for anxious suburban girls, who can't seem to decide if they're stunning and brave leaders or fragile vessels who need to call the cops when someone cracks a dumb joke; and of course our vile media class, the town whores who think they should also give the Sunday sermon, who somehow sell sex and sex policing (libertinism and moralism) in the same package.
But the important thing is that Social Justice Inc. marches on, comforting the comfortable and afflicting the afflicted.
I lived in the UK when Russel Brand called a grandfather on BBC radio live to tell the grandfather he's had casual sex with the granddaughter. I don't care for Brand at all. Yet all these accusations coming when he's speaking out against censorship, ten years later? It's not for the government to judge my speech now, nor mine to judge the truth of accusations ten years later.
The sex crime thing is particularly tricky because: shame. As a culture we are all twisted up about sex in ways we aren't about theft or drugs or maybe even murder, and it's that very twistedness (sometimes fueled by false allegations) that contributes to a culture where sex crimes occur in the first place.
They don't make partying like they used to...
Great piece, thoroughly researched.
I have to admit I have no view on Brand other than he was entertaining in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and less so in Get Him to the Greek.
I know he says a lot of things that I would probably agree with, but my stance on celebrities pivoting to social/political/cultural issues generally comes back to "well then do something about it! - Run for office, don't just start a podcast" - it seems to come off as another form of virtue signaling. (Thats why I still hold high esteem for Al Franken, "The Governator", Jesse Ventura, Ronald Reagan, and Kane/Glenn Jacobs.
That said, I was surprised the #metoo movement still had legs enough to cancel Brand's income immediately. (Yet, not surprised).
Perhaps we should put this into law? From now on anyone accused of something has their pay frozen? Should we have frozen Bill Clintons income, PACs, investments once he was accused of improper sexual relations with Lewinsky? That was in the past of course, when modern sensibilities didn't prevail - but shouldn't have frozen Joe Biden's income after Tara Reade came forward?
What I wrote almost two years ago.
"Ah, classic New York politics. The best part about this whole thing is that Letitia James, the New York Attorney General, is doing the same thing to Cuomo that he did to Eliot Spitzer, the previous governor, when he was the Attorney General. If I was Letitia, I would keep a very close eye on my new Attorney General. You cannot make this stuff up kids!"
That Youtube is "demonetizing" Brand is the typical hypocritical reaction. They don't like what he did so they now keep all the money they make from his videos. I'm baffled that this is even legal.
Specific cases aside, I'm so glad to read you your comments about presentism, cancel culture, and '...pointing this [ambiguity] out does not mean one is condoning rape or sexual assault.'
On a different substack post about Brand, a couple of social justice warriors, I guess you'd call them, have their knives out for me after I mentioned my dismay at today's tribalism and the fact that, as a female, I'm supposed to get out the torches and pitchforks anytime someone is accused of improper behavior. My comment was general, and I prefaced it by saying I was not defending Brand.
Thanks for writing about this, Brad -- and I especially appreciate any light shone by anyone on what is being done to Russell Brand. He is one of the most consistent and important (because of his mass following) voices against the Perpetual War Machine Military-Industrial-Intelligence Complex and the Corporatocracy it serves. And naturally this is why they are determined to take him down. I hope all your readers will stay focused on the real issues that matter to our lives, and not allow themselves to be distracted by Russell's personal problems or possible past transgressions. And as Russell would say: "STAY FREE"!
The Russell Brand issue abounds with ironies that are lost in a world that communicates in 180 characters.
I for one find the accusations credible if for no other reason RB has admitted his bad behavior. Based on that and his vaunted position at the time, I doubt RB would be aware of crossing the line between bad and illegal behavior. Let alone know where the line is. He was invulnerable and he knew it.
While most of the stuff seems abusive but legal, there is one charge that seems valid and where the victim took steps to save the evidence. That is where the first irony lies. the victim was hesitant to come forward due to her fear of being destroyed by the forces that protected RB. Now she is being brought forward by the same people she feared in order to destroy RB. no one cares about the victims now and no one cared then. What they care about is that RB is an apostate and apostates are very dangerous. They point out the hypocrisy of those in power and have a credibility that other critics lack because they have been on the inside. That is his real sin to them.
Of course is RB is only in trouble because he has admitted his sins and seems to be trying to do right by his past. I admire him for his effort but it brings in the second irony. By admitting his sins and leaving the church of the left he has opened himself up to personal and financial ruin as well as prison. If he broke the law he (the old RB) may deserve some of that, but the punishment meted out will not only be worse than he deserves it will be to the direct benefit of the people who made the old RB invulnerable.
The final irony is that the old Russel Brand would be laughing his ass off at the current Russell Brand,
Sex accusations are used BY leftists to enable them to make a slightly embarrassing exit. Used against conservatives, it's to deny them rights to exist.
Excellent reporting on Cuomo and the parallels to the Russell Brand Me3 media smear. I'm going to be doing an episode on Brand, since I started my YT channel responding to his interviews on Luminaries and have listened to hundreds of hours of him at this point.
I was completely with you until I got to the part about senior staffers sitting on his lap during meetings. Was that true? Even if no one complained about it, I'd say that was sexual harassment. Speaking as a former Dir of HR, sexual harassment isn't about sex but about power. Nonetheless, the way the attacks were used is a clear abuse of power. Thanks for this.
Hochul and associates.
I believe Cuomo would have relieved Bragg well before the high-visibility malfeasance of office drew the intended attention, I'm not a Cuomo fan, but the man knew how to govern.
Have to wonder about the Anita Hill hearings as well
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3tgjHtml4M Russell Brand With His Cuddle Buddy And "Beautiful Person" Yuval Noah Harari I haven't been able to look at him since.