I was actually going to ignore this story about IMF chief being arrested for rape in a New York Hotel last week Saturday. But the pathetic defense that Dominique Strauss-Kahn's pals, philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy, and Nixon speechwriter/political commentator/actor Ben Stein are un-fucking-believable.
Jon Stewart so aptly opined last night on how "rapey economists are." Oooooo this metaphor is so thick with possibility. I mean c'mon isn't that what economists are trained to do, rape? Sex, money, power, isn't that the perfect formula to take advantage of the "less fortunate." Weren't we all raped by fancy financial instruments just a few short years ago? Aren't we still being raped by titans of wall street, and the economic regulators who refuse to protect us?
In defense of Strauss-Kahn, Bernard-Henri Levy wrote an Op-ed for the Daily Beast:
It would be nice to know, and without delay—how a chambermaid could have walked in alone, contrary to the habitual practice of most of New York’s grand hotels of sending a “cleaning brigade” of two people, into the room of one of the most closely watched figures on the planet.
I hold it against all those who complacently accept the account of this other young woman, this one French, who pretends to have been the victim of the same kind of attempted rape, who has shut up for eight years but, sensing the golden opportunity, whips out her old dossier and comes to flog it on television.
Wow, right out of the male privilege playbook without any updates since 1952; blame the woman. Arrogance makes a renowned philosopher stupid real fast.
The comments by Ben Stein in The American Spectator are even more redick. Stein writes:
The prosecutors say that Mr. Strauss-Kahn "forced" the complainant to have oral and other sex with him. How? Did he have a gun? Did he have a knife? He's a short fat old man. They were in a hotel with people passing by the room constantly, if it's anything like the many hotels I am in. How did he intimidate her in that situation? And if he was so intimidating, why did she immediately feel un-intimidated enough to alert the authorities as to her story?
I hate to break it to you but that is from this guy below, for realz.
Stewart's commentary is the only levity on this topic I got.