Podcaster and “Talking Dead” Host Chris Hardwick has been absent from media gigs all summer after a bitter ex girlfriend Chloe Dykstra accused him indirectly of inappropriate sexual behavior on Twitter.
I say indirectly because she did not mention him by name, but references made it clear it was him.
It’s interesting to me that throughout the whole ordeal, the media perpetuated the unconfirmed and unproven accusations by circulating articles quoting former employees and unnamed acquaintances. The accusations feel exaggerated. I’m so sick of reading about men’s lives being destroyed because of the unproven claims of one woman. If he’s guilty, then prove it.
If you’ve been following the story, you know that Hardwick has offered text messages between he and Dykstra as evidence of his innocence. AMC’s internal investigation into the matter was unsuccessful in proving Dykstra’s claims.
EW reported last week Hardwick will be reinstated as “Talking Dead” host effective August 12. His return to other numerous projects remains unknown.
This is the latest case of sexual allegations resulting from the rise of the #MeToo movement.
The #MeToo campaign was created to raise awareness of sexual assault and harassment, especially in the workplace. The social media hashtag created last October has since gone viral. Many people have now come forward, primarily women, sharing their stories of sexual harassment and abuse. Many women feel liberated by the movement, saying it represents a “nationwide reckoning on sexual abuse.”
The worst thing to come out of the me-too movement is the extremist feminist mentality that women’s rights are now more important than men’s. Some are arguing masculinity itself is a negative trait.
PJ Media reported in April the University of Texas launched a new program called “MasculinUT” that treats masculinity as if it were a mental illness.
The program suggests men who are encouraged to “act like a man” or fulfill traditional gender roles like being “the breadwinner” or “successful” become a detriment to themselves and society.
“Traditional ideas of masculinity place men into rigid (or restrictive) boxes (which) prevent them from developing their emotional maturity,” the program states.
In some cases women are using this newfound woman power to bring men down to validate their perceived oppression.
The notion that all men are bad and don’t matter is not only a lie, it is damaging and destructive to society as a whole.
“Everyone will focus on the one man who (really is abusive) because he is high profile,” male support group leader Briton Hill told Defending Dads. “But the vast majority of men are good.”
Men really need a victory story. Here are three men we hold up as being among the noble and good ones.
The release of a new documentary “Won’t You be my Neighbor,” has sparked a lot of conversation about Fred Rogers.
The documentary is a filmmaker’s attempt to understand why Mister Rogers was the way he was and whether he really was that good.
As one movie critic recently wrote,
“‘Neighbor’ will inspire you to be a little kinder to your fellow beings. And the example of Rogers himself will fill you with hope in the goodness of people.”
I recently watched the documentary. I can not recommend it highly enough for everyone, but especially for men and fathers.
His example of showing love to others is a stark contrast to the world’s definition of manhood, but it embodies the part of manhood that is seldom, if ever, displayed, but should be–without fear or shame.
I wanted to share this one nugget of wisdom Fred Rogers once said in an interview, which is also shown in the film.
It’s a quote that I consider worthy of every man’s attention, and perhaps merits placement on your wall or refrigerator.
“Operation Toussaint,” another newly released documentary, highlights the mission of Operation Underground Railroad.
Tim Ballard formed the organization in 2014 after working more than ten years with the Department of Homeland Security. He began rescuing children from sex slavery in 2001 while working for the government. He soon realized sex trafficking was the fastest-growing criminal enterprise in the world. One reason he started OUR was because it could have a global reach.
“Because we have children, we know what innocence looks like, what childhood is supposed to be,” Ballard said. “I went into this world (of human trafficking), and whatever I thought it was, it was a thousand times worse.”
Ballard said what he and his team do is very hard and emotionally scarring, but it’s the results of what they do and who they can save that pushes them to continue on.
“What keeps us going is knowing that every trafficker that goes to jail represents 100, maybe more, kids who are no longer in the path of a predator,” said Ballard.
Jim Caviezel got his start in films like “Frequency” and “The Count of Monte Cristo” but it was his role as Jesus Christ in “The Passion of the Christ” that forever cemented him as Hollywood’s good guy.
He suffered long-term physical ailments because of it. The makeup he wore caused a skin infection. His exhaustion after long days on the cross led to a shoulder separation, several bouts with pneumonia and later open heart surgery.
After the film was released, it became the biggest film of the year. Yet Caviezel could not find work as an actor
“You represent that to the world and many people hate him,” he said of his role as Jesus in a recent interview. “But for those who love Him, it’s worth it.”
Fourteen years later, Caviezel has shown he still has staying power in the most substantive roles. He appeared in “Paul, Apostle of Christ” earlier this year. Next year, he will portray Tim Ballard in “Sound of Freedom,” which tells the story of Operation Underground Railroad.
In the same interview, Caviezel called this his second most important role he’s ever had, after Jesus in “Passion of the Christ.”
The suffering and persecution he faced during and after this film seemed to mirror the life of his onscreen alter ego.
“I never would go back and say that I made a mistake (playing Jesus Christ). I would have made the worst mistake if I never made that (film),” Caviezel says. “I believe in the cause and it’s worth your life.”
Following “Sound of Freedom,” Caviezel will reprise his role as Jesus in a sequel to “Passion of the Christ.”