Ye Olde Douchebag Decree is going to look a little different today. We've got on our hands a bona fide REFORMED Douchebag, y'all. Call it a Christmas Miracle. Michael Moore, you are the man of the hour. Come on down!
I'll just go ahead and cut to the victorious chase: on Tuesday, Moore appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show and had this to say:
"Every woman who claims to have been sexually assaulted or raped has to be, must be taken seriously, and those charges have to be investigated to the fullest extent possible...these two alleged victims have to be treated very seriously and Mr. Assange has to answer the questions."
Last night, after this appearance, he sent Sady a message that said, among other things, that what he said needed to be said on TV (as opposed to on Twitter, which is where the #MooreandMe battle was waged).
Watch the Maddow appearance here:
So that covers the "Reformed" part of the "Reformed Douchebag" message this week. But we did pick Michael Moore for a reason. The Decree has still been decreed. First, to even the playing field and remember why #MooreandMe existed in the first place, here is the video of Moore appearing on Countdown with Keith Olbermann in which he did NOT do of the things he spoke about to Rachel Maddow (i.e., take rape accusations seriously at all costs and in all circumstances):
Saying accusations of sexual assault "stink to high heavens" is not exactly the way to go about making sure "these two women are taken seriously," Señor Moore. It's been said before, and we'll say it again: It is possible to be a progressive person, a believer in free speech, a supporter of WikiLeaks, a feminist, AND a vocal critic of rape apologists everywhere, always, no matter the timing or circumstance. (Free speech somehow being DIFFERENT than the thing being used when a person comes forward with rape charges? But that's another decree altogether.)
In his interview with Rachel Maddow, Moore also does not address his previous comments and how they could have (how could they NOT HAVE?) been construed as rape apologism. The situation is made more frustrating by this: his saying that these charges, and all like them, need to be taken entirely, unremittingly seriously. So... why was there even a moment when he, Michael Moore, champion of the no-voiced, underdog Other, forgot that?
But hey, apology accepted, @MMFlint. After all, 'tis the season. Though you know as well as we do that this is not over. It's a big fight, and it'd be nice to have you on our side, but we've got our eye on you. Don't do it again.