Believe women? Neil deGrasse Tyson addresses sexual misconduct allegations, ‘special handshake’

We were told to #BelieveWomen, but for some reason, both Fox Broadcasting Company and National Geographic are investigating multiple sexual assault allegations being leveled at astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson as if there were a possibility they’re not true.

Tyson, apparently realizing this news wasn’t going to disappear into a black hole, addressed each of the three allegations in a very lengthy and detailed Facebook post Saturday:

Let’s have a look, shall we, at what it’s like for a man to be accused of sexual harassment when he claims he’s innocent:

For a variety of reasons, most justified, some unjustified, men accused of sexual impropriety in today’s “me-too” climate are presumed to be guilty by the court of public opinion. Emotions bypass due-process, people choose sides, and the social media wars begin.

In any claim, evidence matters. Evidence always matters. But what happens when it’s just one person’s word against another’s, and the stories don’t agree? That’s when people tend to pass judgment on who is more credible than whom. And that’s when an impartial investigation can best serve the truth – and would have my full cooperation to do so.

Is Tyson really questioning today’s #MeToo climate and suggesting evidence matters?

All that aside, we have to include the bit about his “special” handshake that a production assistant might have found creepy:

Further, I never touched her until I shook her hand upon departure. On that occasion, I had offered a special handshake, one I learned from a Native elder on reservation land at the edge of the Grand Canyon. You extend your thumb forward during the handshake to feel the other person’s vital spirit energy — the pulse. I’ve never forgotten that handshake, and I save it in appreciation of people with whom I’ve developed new friendships.

Oh, so due process is cool again?

Just realize that if you’re Vice President Mike Pence and make that your policy, you’ll be ridiculed endlessly for “not being able to control yourself.” “It’s like saying, ‘I can’t meet you alone or I might assault you,’” wrote an editor of Christianity Today in the New York Times.


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