Bigmouth Strikes Again: It Is Time To Completely Ignore Morrissey

Bigmouth Strikes Again: It Is Time To Completely Ignore Morrissey

11/20/2017 05:51 pm ET

So Morrissey stuck his foot in his mouth again.

Color me surprised.

For some reason, the legendary singer decided to weigh in on the recent scandals involving Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey.

Why he felt the need to do this is beyond me, but after reading his comments, it is safe to say these are thoughts that would have been better suited being left in his head.

About Spacey’s victim, who was a 14 year-old boy at the time, the former Smiths frontman remarked, “You have to ask, where were the boy’s parents. You ask yourself, if the boy didn’t know what could happen. I don’t know what it was like for him but in my youth, I was never in a situation like that. Never. It was always clear to me what could happen. If you’re in someone’s bedroom, you have to know where it could lead. That’s why I don’t find the whole thing very believable. It seems to me Spacey has been unnecessarily attacked.”

If you have not read the details of the allegations against Spacey, I recommend going ahead and doing so. Not only did Spacey seem to all but admit what he did, but Morrissey’s comments read as a disgusting exercise in victim blaming.

Where were the kid’s parents? He should have never allowed himself to be in a situation like that?

So the “He was asking for it,” defense. Wow.

Likewise, the singer seemed to blame the victims Harvey Weinstein.

“Those people knew exactly what would happen [when they went up to Weinstein’s hotel room], and they played along. Afterwards they were embarrassed or they didn’t enjoy it,” he said. “And then they turn it around and say: ‘I was attacked, I was surprised, I was pulled into the room.’ But if everything went well, and it helped them to a big career, they wouldn’t be talking about it.”

So they were just embarrassed or regretful because they didn’t enjoy their encounters with Weinstein.

Apparently, to Steven Patrick Morrissey, being sexually assaulted or even raped is nothing to complain about.

Ok, then.

This isn’t the first time Morrissey has said something both cruel and ignorant. Surely, it won’t be the last.

But I wish it would, at the very least, be the last time anybody even talks about what he has to say. He has shown repeatedly that he has nothing of significance to add to the conversation on anything.

I can’t speak for anybody else, but for me, the man with the “Irish Blood” and “English Heart” is now permanently persona non grata. And maybe going forward, Morrissey should take a little bit of his own advice.

“Bigmouth, Bigmouth Bigmouth strikes again And I’ve got no right to take my place With the human race”

Argentina Is In Good Hands

Argentina Is In Good Hands

11/17/2017 05:47 pm ET

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I was heartened to see recently that Argentina and the United States are talking about increasing trade with each other. I think open trade is a hallmark of a productive economy and the United States couldn’t have a better partner to deal with on the Argentinian end of the spectrum than President Mauricio Macri. I met President Macri last year at the house of American Jewish Congress President Jack Rosen and then again earlier this month at a private dinner at the same location.

Jack is working hard around the world to build relationships that could be beneficial not only to AJC, but to many countries worldwide. This includes President Macri, whom Jack is very close with.

On a personal level, President Macri is a charming guy. When you combine his charisma and his penchant for reform, you can easily tell why many consider him to be the Argentinian Ronald Reagan. I’ve been fortunate enough to meet a lot of world leaders but to this point, President Macri has been the most impressive one I have met.

I have been to Argentina many times since my daughter studied abroad in Buenos Aires for her law degree. Without a doubt, the country has changed in a positive way under President Macri’s leadership.

Most recently Macri’s party won re-election, which is good news for the Argentinian people and for us, since it makes the road to trade between our two countries easier. There are many investment opportunities for American businesses in Argentina and I hope the friendship between our two nations grows so that the U.S. and Argentina can benefit from each other over the long haul.

In addition, for as long as President Macri is in office, it means that we have a key ally in the region, which is excellent. I am very pleased that President Macri is a friend to Israel as well.

I look forward to progress continuing to be made in Argentina under President Macri and am excited for the positive global outcomes that should occur as a result.

Moore Must Go. Franken Must Go. And The Partisan Excuses Need To Stop.

Moore Must Go. Franken Must Go. And The Partisan Excuses Need To Stop.

11/16/2017 05:55 pm ET

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The other day I ripped apart Roy Moore and said he didn’t belong anywhere near the U.S. Senate. But after reading Leeann Tweeden’s story, I’m starting to wonder if maybe Moore would feel right at home.

In case you missed it, Tweeden told a story about Franken kissing her against her will and groping her breasts while she was passed out sleeping. Some have labeled it as an accusation, except it isn’t an accusation, because Tweeden posted an actual photograph of Franken committing the groping.

Franken has now come out and said he welcomes an ethics investigation. Ok, but what exactly is the investigation supposed to turn up? The evidence is literally a photograph of Franken groping Tweeden. The whole thing seems to be the epitome of an open and shut case.

Democrats are hemming and hawing about this but CNN’s Amanda Carpenter said it best when she told Jake Tapper that this cannot be a partisan issue. Whether it is Roy Moore on the left or Al Franken on the right, they need to go, period. Because if we protect one due to ideology, then there is no moral standing to go after the other whose ideology you don’t agree with.

At the core of this, though, is the fact that these were powerful men who thought they could get away with these things. Moore continues to deny what he did while Franken has no such luxury due to the existence of photographic evidence. But either way, how sickening is it that these men did this and it seemed to not even be a thought in their heads. CNN even uncovered tape from a few years ago of Franken mentioning doing a skit with Tweeden. Somehow the part about violating her never came up.

I suppose in some circles I would be considered a powerful man. I am CEO of two companies and sit on several boards. I will also admit that I love beautiful women. But not once has it ever crossed my mind to do the kinds of things these men have done.

Maybe it is because I have three daughters and if anybody did this to them, I would want to run them down with my car. Maybe it is because that’s just the way I am wired. I don’t pretend to be perfect morally, but I can say with absolute certainty that I am definitely better than this.

Moore needs to go. He won’t drop out, but he should. Hopefully the voters don’t reward him and the women he tormented haunt his dreams for years to come.

Franken needs to go. He won’t be tossed out of the senate, but he should be.

Hopefully Leeann Tweeden and all of Moore’s victims find some semblance of peace someday. And I wish I had something more to offer them than my sincerest condolences for how they were treated.

But if we don’t get our act together as a society and punish this type of behavior with more than a slap on the wrist – which is what the “ethics investigation” will amount to – then we are going to see more and more of this and it is never going to get better.

And as a father of three daughters, I pray that’s not how this all plays out.