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Pretty much. I said it before in the earlier threads when this was blowing up, but just don't let fans backstage, don't let them in before the show, don't let them set up, don't let them sell merch, don't let them drive you, don't let them in the afterparty unless it's an official monitored event, and don't ever let them in your hotel room. Period.
That was in regards to underage people and the BritWres scene having a problem with underage girls taking up with wrestlers. Maybe there needs to be a policy overall that underage people are fans until they turn 18 and then you can start working. As far as grown adults, you should probably have a policy to just not sleep with anybody involved, fans or other wrestlers.
But this is the real world and people hook up, especially young people, especially people who roll around with each other for a living, especially people who travel long hours and work their bodies hard. You try to suggest someone isn't mature enough to make that decision or that you know better, you'll get a ton of "how dare you" pushback. Everyone thinks they're mature enough in the moment, and while there is such a thing as being taken advantage of, there's also such a thing as letting yourself be taken advantage of. Many of these encounters Joey had, based on the evidence he provides, suggests they were a wiling party at the time.
Don't get me wrong, he clearly has a lot of issues that he hasn't been willing to actually do anything about. Sure his divorce messed him up and he's emotionally needy, but all these instances all in a row sure make it seem like he's an undiagnosed sex addict. If you're that desperate to not sleep alone, like any addict, you'll do and say whatever you have to to get your fix. Even if these encounters were consensual, there's a lot of problematic stuff here: he was drunk for several of them, he hooked up with close co-workers, he hooked up when one or both were on the rebound, he hooked up with people in relationships, and he simply can't remember or doesn't know if some of them happened (but is willing to concede they might have.) That's all besides the idea that he could influence their careers.
I know the basic response will be something like "it's easy, just don't be a creep." But I'm looking at these texts, and no matter how creepy you determine them to be, the other party is responsive to it. Of course don't be a creep, but let's get real, don't play along with a creep either.
All things being a teachable moment, it's not defending him or blaming the victim, rather, stating the reality of things in order to prevent future people in future situations from doing the same thing. #MeToo isn't a fad, it's not going away. Gotta be smart about what you do, no matter your heinie hookups.
His career is over and no charges are being brought against him, so, to me, that's the best course of action moving forward. At least in terms of being part of the solution and not just dunking on someone because it makes you feel good.