Yes, choosing to be involved in an illegal or questionable act, especially with others, is our word of the year. Here’s a list of the pockets of complicity. Their complicity was verified when post-revelation of a major figure they all said, “Everybody knew that!”
Hollywood: After Harvey Weinstein, Dustin Hoffman, Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K., and others too numerous to mention were revealed to be what is charitably referred to as “sexual harassers.”
Journalism: After Bill O’Reilly, Roger Ailes, Garrison Keilor, Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, and others too numerous to mention or still just on administrative leave were revealed to be what is charitably referred to as “sexual harassers.”
Politics: After Al Franken, Roy Moore, John Conyers, and others too numerous to mention were revealed to be what is charitably referred to as “sexual harassers.”
Not to worry, though. Congress is on the case. They are going to require sexual harassment training. Funny, there was a time when we all understood that it was not okay to be in your underwear in the office. Sans training, common knowledge. But, George Constanza was not just a character in a sitcom. He lives, among the rich, the powerful, and the famous.
However, these harassers were able to pull their power and stunts (be in their underwear and such) because of complicity. The bystander effect lives on despite the lessons of Kitty Genovese. TSA has it right, “If you see something (whatever it is), say something.” Waiting 2 to 40 years serves no one well.