A couple of weeks ago, an assistant of Matthew Weiner turned writer on Mad Men, Kater Gordon, alleged that Weiner had said to her one night at work that he deserved to see her naked. Gordon won an Emmy for co-writing an episode of Mad Men with Weiner, but was nevertheless let go and she’s never worked in Hollywood again.
The accusation was enough to at least disrupt Weiner’s current book tour (his book has received middling reviews, and is not selling particularly well). Three of 11 tour stops were cancelled, and moderators and other participants have dropped out of others.
Yesterday, Kater Gordon received support for her claims from Marti Noxon, creator and original showrunner on UnREAL and The Girls’ Guide to Divorce, plus a former senior assistant on Mad Men.
It also sounds like Matthew Weiner fits the personality type for so many sexual abusers: He’s an emotional terrorist, and it sounds like working on the set of Mad Men was a bad scene for everyone involved.
I would also add that at a stop on the book tour last night, Matt Weiner was joined on stage by Jenji Kohan (Orange is the New Black), who asked Weiner about the allegations. He denied them, but did not dispute that he was a demanding boss. Kohan, by the way, is the sister-in-law of Marti Noxon. Awkward.
Meanwhile, «champion» of feminist issues Lena Dunham issued a statement defending a friend and Girls writer Murray Miller, who was accused by actress Aurora Perrineau of sexually assaulting her in 2012 when she was only 17.
«While our first instinct is to listen to every woman’s story, our insider knowledge of Murray’s situation makes us confident that sadly this accusation is one of the 3% of assault cases that are misreported every year,» Dunham said in a statement issued by her and Girls showrunner Jenni Konner. «It is a true shame to add to that number, as outside of Hollywood women still struggle to be believed. We stand by Murray and this is all we’ll be saying about this issue.»
Social media spent much of the night lambasting Dunham for defending the man accused of rape. Most are suggesting that Dunham «believes women,» unless that woman is accusing a friend of hers, which is fair. I don’t care for Dunham as a person. Unless she knew something the rest of us do not, I have no idea why she’d issue this statement, and if she knows something the rest of us do not, she should probably let the rest of us know.
Meanwhile, a Democratic Senator was also pulled into all of this yesterday in a sign of what hopefully is not to come: Sexual assault allegations being weaponized as political tools. Yesterday, a «woman» on Twitter accused a Senator of sexual assault allegations dating back years, and right-wing Twitter immediately pounced on it, spreading the accusations across social media. However, hours later, it was revealed that the Twitter account was fake — created only a few days before and containing a picture of a woman who was not the accuser. By that time, the damage had already been done in certain circles (and because this is actual fake news, I won’t even mention the Senator’s name). It looks like it was a bot attack, and the Senator’s people are looking into its origins.
It’s unsettling, to say the least. We have just gotten to the point in our society where women are actually starting to be believed by most, so I would hate to see that put in jeopardy by allegations fabricated for political gain.