So you may have heard that Hearst Entertainment & Syndication president Scott Sassa has “left the company” after his fellow executives learned that he had been exchanging “steamy, illicit” texts (aka “sexting”) with a stripper. Hearst executives discovered this information when the stripper’s boyfriend approached them with the aforementioned texts in an effort to blackmail him.
Now, let’s first consider the regrettable absurdity of this whole story: Sassa, who is both single and an adult, exchanged racy text messages with another consenting adult and he had to give up his high-level position for that? Seriously?!!! When did sending and receiving private x-rated texts between consenting adults become an offense leading to the loss of one’s job? Most of us would be out of a job if that were the case.
And it’s not like Sassa is a religious figure who’s taken a vow of celibacy (and we know how well that works out anyway), he’s an executive at a company that was founded by a man (William Randolph Hearst) who openly lived with his mistress (Marion Davies) while still married to someone else; a company that currently publishes magazines like Cosmopolitan which at the very moment I’m writing this blog, boasts this headline on its homepage:
Instead of letting Sassa go, shouldn’t he and his fellow executives have been more focused on say—turning the blackmailers into the authorities since blackmailing is still a crime the last I checked?
But I what I find additional troubling are some of the social media posts I’ve read today from my fellow Asian Americans proclaiming that Sassa has embarrassed or shamed the Japanese/Asian American community through his actions. Again—seriously?!!!
Regardless of what he did, why should it reflect badly on the community? When a white person does something stupid or wrong, no one gets up in arms about how that one person’s actions makes all white people look bad. So why are we making it an issue?
And maybe you might have “moral” issues with what Sassa did or think he was dumb to be so intimate with a stripper, but in the grand scheme of things, is what he did really that awful? If sexting with a stripper is a crime punishable by job loss, then, hell, I’m guilty and someone should come over to my desk immediately and pry me from this laptop and banish me from the corridors of YOMYOMF forever.
See–nothing happened. I’m still here. I’m—what?…Oh shit…wait, someone needs to……………..