In this day and age of the #MeToo Movement, and the horrific stories coming out of Hollywood about young, impressionable actresses (and actors) falling victim to men who have the power to make or break a career, we have all awakened to an unpleasant reality of show biz - and other walks of life.
Alluded to in secret and formerly referred to - with a wink and a nod - as ‘the casting couch’ it’s nothing more than a highly oppressive system of using sex as a tool to advance a career. And on the flip side, refusing advances of a Hollywood executive and thereby guaranteeing the ruin of ANY chance for a future in the ‘glamorous’ entertainment industry.
With the likes of Harvey Weinstein, Brian Singer, and Kevin Spacey (and others) feeling the sting of long ago shenanigans being brought to light by brave women who share their stories, all the way across the country we seem to have a much more ‘tolerant’ view of the practice.
Unfortunately, a recent revelation from an 84-year-old former mayor of San Francisco sheds unwelcome light on an even darker side of the practice.
What could be worse than learning about careers that were shattered because an innocent ingenue refused to go along with the promise of 'fame and fortune' in exchange for sexual favors?
Hearing about a ‘victim’ who was willing and completely happy to accept the rewards of her illicit relationship…and is now running for President of the United States!
84-year-old Willie Brown who was mayor of San Francisco from 1996 to 2004, is talking to the press - and seems to be bragging about it - to defend his extramarital affair with a then-20-something Kamala Harris. The two met and dated over 30 years ago, Brown married at the time. In discussing his long-ago affair, he couldn’t help but run his mouth about how he helped the young politician make her mark.
In his own words, he explains that his actions more than likely put her in the right places at the right times to help her career that eventually led to her bid for president in 2020.
"Yes, I may have influenced her career by appointing her to two state commissions when I was [California] Assembly speaker. And I certainly helped with her first race for district attorney in San Francisco."
"Brown appointed Harris -- about 30 years younger than Brown and just a few years out of law school – to two well-paid state commission assignments on the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board and the California Medical Assistance Commission," the Washington Free Beacon reported.
Brown says he made a habit of helping young, attractive up-and-coming politicians in the state, listing now-prominent Democrats House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Governor Gavin Newsom, and Senator Dianne Feinstein as having benefitted from his ‘help.’
No admission, however, was forthcoming as to the nature of any personal relationships between Brown and the other prominent Democrats from California.
“Fox News contacted Harris' office for a response to Brown's claims but did not receive a response.”
This revelation is sure to set the #MeToo Movement back a long way.
As you might guess, social media users had a lot to say about this startling revelation.
“So the fact it was 20 years ago is supposed to mean something? Look at all the grief Trump has gotten for his affairs almost 15 years ago.”
"She slept with a married man who in turn boosted her career by appointing her to two different high paying government positions. Now it makes sense how someone that dumb got so far in politics..."
“@AGBecerra - Will you open an investigation into corruption regarding Willie Brown & @KamalaHarris? Brown admits to giving her high paying jobs while dating her.
"If this is unacceptable in Hollywood, it should be unacceptable in politics.”
“This affair with willie Brown will just make the leftists love her even more, and she will be even more popular than ever before, only thing that could help her even more is if she had an abortion. She would be their hero!. What a world?!!”
Such a shame that women all over the country are idolizing Ms. Harris, refusing to admit the damage she is likely doing to one of their most prominent causes.