There is much to be said about the insular hullabalo about the rape and physical abuse accusations levelled by Gawker via an ex-girlfriend who thinks vanity Facebook posts like, “I’m good enough. I’m smart enough. And gosh darnit, Michael Arrington beat the shit out me,” trump alerting the authorities. There’s the obligatory comments on rape culture, the depressingly prevalent impulse to heap mysoginistic ridicule on the alleged victim, the patriarchal hierarchy of the tech industry, the notion that power and influence easily boslters immunity to criminal prosecution, the notion that Gawker’s hackneyed and incendiary reporting has done more harm than good to admonish violence against women in general. I hope to comment on all this eventually, because there are assholes all around here, and y’all know I like assholes.
But I’m busy, so I just have to talk about one asshole in general. Yes, Julia Allison, who is so passionately against raping women, has used a rape accusation to discuss what she is most passionate about: herself. She was all, “No one is paying attention to me, but look, there’s a story involving people I know in the media! And it’s Gawker! Let me just wedge myself in here.” Remember when she did this to Randi Zuckerberg?
Of course, the real victim here is Julia Allison who was asked for comment by several journalists, which is an act tantamount to actual violence against women.
I have been harassed by no less than seven reporters about these incidents, including Gawker’s writers, including Adrian Chen. To ALL of them I said I was not willing to comment. I NEVER witnessed any physical abuse, and I don’t know why Gawker is alleging I did. I don’t know what happened between Meghan Asha and Michael Arrington, and I never will.
It is never okay to abuse anyone, but it is ALSO not okay to report stories when your “evidence” is shoddy and/or made up. Gawker has “reported” stories using absolute crap before, and they have no conscience whatsoever about doing so.
I have moved away from New York, I got my life back, I am happy now, I have moved on. I told Gawker to leave me alone and leave me out of this. Why am I not surprised they didn’t respect me enough to do so?
Oh, Julia is happy now. That’s what this story is about. OK, pardon me. Look, a lady says she was raped, but look at all the awesome Julia Allison has done!
God, as, I’m writing this it’s getting worse and worse, but it’s typical Julia, seizing any and all obscure opportunities for media attention while catagorically denying that she wanted the attention at all. Hey, Julia, if you really believe feminists support other women, as your goddess Taylor Swift said, how about just shutting the fuck up for a moment?
Oh, and P.S. Michael Arrington is bi-polar too:
The sad part is that, from what I have been told, the accusations against Arrington involving Megs are true and more sinister than has been let on. But with Meghan’s categorical denials — an act that leaves me conflicted — and Julia’s ingratiating herself into the story, credibility has been tarnished, leaving Arrington free to heap his physical, emotional and sexual abuse on a future female vicitm. That is the tragedy here.