It was almost as if it was performance art.
Ed Asner, TV icon and Hollywood veteran, appeared on Chris Jansing’s MSNBC program to promote his new book, “The Grouchy Historian: An Old-Time Lefty Defends Our Constitution Against Right-Wing Hypocrites and Nutjobs.” Given the news of the week, Jansing started their exchange by referencing the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal.
“I want to talk about workplace sexism.”
Asner thanked her for having him on the show and added, “And not even a kiss?”
Jansing said “no,” laughed a bit, and launched into the discussion she had intended to have with him.
At the end of the discussion, Asner tried again.
“You still owe me a kiss,” Asner said.
Jansing admonished him this time.
“You’re gonna get yourself in trouble,” Jansing said. “And with good reason, Mr. Asner.”
Asner replied: “No, no, no, I’m not a job procurer.”
The whole interaction felt like a microcosm of this scandal, and most sexual harassment scandals including most recently Fox News, which follow a similar pattern. Asner’s suggestion he was owed a kiss was an expression of just how commonplace this sense of entitlement is, particularly as we are learning about the industry in which he’s spent his career.
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