36 Former Women Staffers At SNL Release Statement in Support of Sen. Al Franken

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In a statement released Tuesday morning, 36 former women staffers of SNL “stood up” for Sen. Al Franken, who worked on and off for the show from its premiere in 1975 to 1995. “What Al did was stupid and foolish, and we think it was appropriate for him to apologize to Ms. Tweeden, and to the public,” the statement reads. “In our experience, we know Al as a devoted and dedicated family man, a wonderful comedic performer, and an honorable public servant.”


Though titled “SNL Women Offer Solidarity in Support of Al Franken” (as opposed to “36 Women Acknowledge That Al Franken Harassed a Women, But Would Like You To Know He Did Not Harass Them”), none of the 36 signers are current employees of the show, and the only name that immediately jumped out to me was Jane Curtin.

What I’m trying to say here is that, no, Kate McKinnon is not involved, and this NBC News tweet is more than a little misleading:

You can read the full statement here.

[The Hill]

Rutina Wesley, Tara from my beloved True Blood and Nova from the fantastic Queen Sugar, recently came out as queer on her Instagram account, and then posted this photo gallery that includes what LOOKS LIKE engagement rings.


[The Advocate]

Prince Harry is good to Meghan Markle:

“I’m told his usual shopping list includes Reese’s Pieces sweets, coconut water and curry sauce to rustle up meals for cosy nights in. Reese’s Pieces, the iconic American peanut butter candy, are rare in the UK, but no doubt resourceful Harry is keen to help Meghan banish any homesickness.”


That’s true love.


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Regarding Al Franken: His actions were horrible, but at what point do we can we stop painting everyone with the same brush? He was a comedian, albeit one that I never found particularly funny. He’s clearly joking in the one picture that I saw, and grabbing someone’s butt during a photo in the past sounds like a juvenile attempt at humor as well. I’m not justifying this behavior. It needs to stop. At best, it is very immature and sends a horrible message, and more importantly, I would imagine it could be traumatizing to some. But it hardly seems like sexual predatory behavior, or some weird power trip. So to lump him in with Roy Moore or Louis CK or Harvey Weinstein or Donald Trump, seems like yet another false equivalency.

His apology rang true to me. But this whole recent wave of people finally being called out for their reprehensible behavior has made me wonder, what does one need to do in order to rehabilitate themselves? It seems to me that they should 1) offer a sincere and unconditional apology; 2) try to make things right with the victim (not the media or the public) to the extent that they can; and 3) show that they have been rehabilitated through their deeds. That seems to me to be a more reasoned approach than not drawing any distinctions at all between varying degrees of bad behavior, and only making room in society for those with a guilt free past.