Our first such installment and maybe our last. With every day bringing a bevy of new WTFs these days, the shock factor is registering lower and lower, reducing some of them to a mere “eh…” So it truly takes a pants-wetting, liquid spitting, eye-ball-popping reaction to something for me to deem one worthy of its very own post.
Yesterday I opened an e-mailed NY Times News Alert to find this:
WHAT THE FUCK?!!!!!
Yes. It totally deserves to be spelled out. For those of you too young to recall being glued to your TV sets in 1991 for the Clarence Thomas Supreme Court confirmation hearings, here’s a short recap. Anita Hill, who had worked for Thomas prior to his nomination to the highest court in the land, sat in front of an all-male congressional committee and with great dignity told a detailed story of her repeated sexual harassment by Thomas, which included his conversations with her about finding pubic hairs on a can of Coke, naming his penis Long Dong Silver and the porn he watched that included scenes of women having sex with animals.
Keep in mind that this guy was up for a place on the Supreme Court and, as such, would be hearing and rendering judgments in cases involving the of sexual harassment of women.
So imagine Ms. Hill’s shock when, after nearly 20 years, she received this message on her voice mail at her office at
from Virginia Thomas: Brandeis University this week
“Good morning Anita Hill, it’s Ginny Thomas,” it said. “I just wanted to reach across the airwaves and the years and ask you to consider something. I would love you to consider an apology sometime and some full explanation of why you did what you did with my husband. So give it some thought. And certainly pray about this and hope that one day you will help us understand why you did what you did. Okay, have a good day.”
Seriously. WHAT THE FUCK?!
What could possibly be the purpose of stirring up all that ugliness now? Why would Thomas want that attention for herself or her husband who still sits on the Supreme Court because yes, the boys' club congressional committee gave him a pass and confirmed him despite the horrendous allegations that should have made such a confirmation dead as the proverbial door nail.
I’m seldom at a loss for words, but this has me completely stymied. It would be easy to just write Virginia Thomas off as the right-wing nut case that she is, but that can’t be all there is to it. She has no book coming out to promote. Was she offended to be passed over for a role on “The Housewives of D.C.?” Is she itching for an invite to join next season’s “Dancing With The Stars?” What could possibly motivate any woman to want to bring up such a humiliating moment in both her and her husband’s past?
Fortunately, I have very bright and articulate readers, so please chime in on this. Enlighten me. Because truly, all I have is… WTF?