Warning: This strange news involves discussion of a sexual assault.
Watching this week’s Westworld multiple times has left me ruminating about karma — I guess I should say *more than usual*, because it’s a concept that often offers me some small comfort. It’s also got a strange connection to this story in that Westworld is produced by J.J. Abrams, who co-created and ran another (once) favorite series — Lost — with Damon Lindelof. As many people know, Lindelof received a lot of, shall we say, vehement criticism when he was running Lost, which eventually led to him leaving Twitter. One of those critics, perhaps Lindelof’s harshest, was a guy named Devin Faraci, EIC of Birth.Movies.Death; Lindelof claimed Faraci “trolled him incessantly” and owed him tens of thousands of dollars for therapy.
Well, Mr. Lindelof, would you settle for tens of thousands of karmic units?
When, this past weekend, those vulgar tapes of Donald Trump and Billy Bush disparaging Nancy O’Dell and women in general were made public, the outcry was fast and furious. Trump’s continual disrespect for pretty much everyone but himself is vile enough, but the way he has spoken about women is beyond horrifying; it’s sickening. Specific to this hot-mic incident, Trump uttered the following words that most of us can’t imagine anyone thinking, never mind speaking:
You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it …. Grab them by the p—y. You can do anything.
“Grab them by the …” is — understandably — the phrase the world honed in on, including self-proclaimed “male feminist” Devin Faraci:
After which, Faraci’s own dark past came back to haunt him.
And, not soon after, Faraci resigned.
This weekend allegations were made about my past behavior. Because I take these types of claims seriously I feel my only honorable course of action is to step down from my position as Editor-in-Chief of Birth.Movies.Death. I will use the coming weeks and months to work on becoming a better person who is, I hope, worthy of the trust and loyalty of my friends and readers.
Faraci’s accuser (identified by her first name only) described the 2004 assault in depth with THR, saying she’d confronted Faraci two years later, and he’d also claimed he was unable to remember back then. But a mutual friend who’d been present when it happened told her that Faraci had bragged about it, saying it was “highly unlikely” Faraci didn’t remember what he’d done.
Tim League, owner of The Alamo Drafthouse — which, in turn, owns Birth.Movies.Death — reached out to Faraci’s victim, who said of the response:
I’m really happy that Tim League took this seriously and that Devin is interested in getting treatment. I’ve let them know that I’m available for any accountability processing that might be part of his rehabilitation
I don’t know that we can ever spin anything to a point where we could consider something “good” coming of that Trump tape being released — hopefully it was a final straw moment for a voter … some voters? — but it was at least the tipping point for one person:
I’ve avoided making that public for over a decade but I guess my rage at trump has uncasked the Gorgon in me.
— INVISIGOTH (@spacecrone) October 9, 2016
And, I’m guessing that somewhere in the privacy of his home, Damon Lindelof just may have exhaled a giant sigh.