I wasn’t a Matt Lauer fan. Never thought of him as an astute interviewer, stimulating conversationalist, or especially passionate about anything.
Didn’t laugh at his antics, even when he dressed as Pamela Anderson for Halloween. Disliked his duplicity when he bid a fond adieu to Ann Curry on air, while undermining her backstage. But, the bigwigs at NBC sure liked him, to the tune of a $25-million-a-year contract. We all know why: Matt helped keep The Today Show on top of the ratings for decades. It’s NBC biggest money maker.
Shame on those executives.They knew all about Matt’s sexual perversions around the office, but they put money before ethics and morals, and terminated him only when his inappropriate behavior came full on into the daylight. I also believe all Matt’s colleagues were wise to his unsavory behavior, and chose to close their eyes to it. That includes his female colleagues! Especially his female colleagues. Shame on them, too.
I’d been in corporate environments long enough to tell those of you who haven’t that it’s nearly impossible to keep secrets in them. But why would women, including Savannah, Hoda and Kathie Lee, and Meredith before them, be reluctant to speak up? Did they place more value on their personal relationships with Matt than on the wellbeing of junior women in the NBC hierarchy? Did they think NBC management would “punish” them for bringing Matt’s behavior out into the open? If the answer is yes to either of my questions, shame on them.
We are in the eye of a number of storms, in the workplace, in the government, and in the entertainment industry, which can provide great pleasure and distraction for us. I haven’t seen the 1989 movie “Sex, Lies and Videotape,” but the title could well define the multiple messes swirling around the country. Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, Kevin Spacey, and Louis CK are out of work, while a man in Alabama who lusted after 14 year olds could be heading to a big new job. And a man who bragged on videotape about “grabbing women by the pussy” still got to move into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC.
How is it that many, many women who made accusations were trusted in some places, while others had no impact whatsoever elsewhere? If women like Savannah and Hoda could stay mum while their colleague Matt did his dirty work, should we be shocked why other women across the country will actually push levers for men accused of child molesting and “pussy grabbing.” What if their child or “pussy” was violated? Would they pull the lever then? And what would Savannah have done if Matt had locked her in his office?
I just don’t understand!