Friday, July 27, 2018

#NotHerToo, Apparently

Chris Hardwick and Chloe Dykstra
Chris Hardwick Rises From The (Talking) Dead After #MeToo Allegations
While he didn’t draw nearly as many headlines in the #MeToo saga as people like Weinstein and Kevin Spacey, Nerdist founder Chris Hardwick also found himself out of work with AMC and other media outlets earlier this summer. The comedian and host of multiple talk shows and game shows was ejected from the Hollywood field of play after his former girlfriend, Chloe Dykstra, accused him of physical, mental and emotional abuse during their sometimes rocky relationship.
Oh, so she accused him of something awful after a nasty break up? Yeah, women never make up stories after something like that, do they?
At the time I expressed some serious doubts about the story. While nothing could be ruled out entirely and we can never truly know what’s in a person’s heart, Hardwick had always struck me as pretty much the direct opposite of the kind of guy who fit the Me Too mold. Also, the charges came entirely from a single accuser with many other women offering very different characterizations of him. On top of that, the accuser was someone who had allegedly been cheating on Hardwick near the end of their relationship and things didn’t end well.
Well, I never knew these two at all before this story, so I guess I can claim to be unbiased, except for my genetic white male, sexist patriarchal outlook which I can't help.
AMC has wrapped up what they’re describing as a thorough investigation done by outside experts (how does one become an “expert” in this field?) and concluded there was no basis to remove Hardwick. He will be returning to his previous duties next month. (NY Daily News)
So, did you know that Chloe was big into cosplay?
Chloe Frances Dykstra (born September 15, 1988) is an American actress, cosplayer, and model. She produces and co-hosts a web series Just Cos for the Nerdist Industries' YouTube channel and is a cast member of the SyFy show Heroes of Cosplay. She is also a freelance game journalist for a number of websites. She was featured in a Daily Dot article for her parody photo essay of Me In My Place pin-up blog photos. Dykstra was born in Los Angeles, California and is the daughter of American special effects artist John Dykstra. Dykstra had her first major acting role starring as Cello Shea in the film Diminuendo opposite Battlestar Galactica star Richard Hatch.
It's good to see that some #MeToo charges are at least reconsidered in the light of contrary evidence.

Wombat-socho has "Rule 5 Tuesday Weld" ready and waiting.

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