Dana Goodyear’s article in The New Yorker, titled “Can Hollywood Change Its Ways?” highlighted some of the examples of the totalitarianism at the heart of #MeToo. In the piece, she describes accused individuals being disappeared from public memory.
“Photographs of the accused have come down from walls, names are being scrubbed from donated buildings, performances have been reshot with replacement actors, online libraries pulled, movies shelved.”
She then quotes a sexual harassment investigator who tells her “An association with the accused is totally toxic now, with this wave upon wave upon wave, and Soviet Union-style erasure.”
An example of this Soviet-style erasure is Garrison Keillor. Keillor, the longtime host of Minnesota Public Radio’s A Prairie Home Companion, had a co-worker claim that his hand momentarily lingered too long on her bare back during a hug. As a result, MPR not only cut all ties with Keillor and his production company, but the words “Prairie Home Companion” have been excised from MPR and they have vowed never to re-broadcast any of his old episodes. In the tradition of totalitarianism, MPR has succeeded in creating a world where not only does Garrison Keillor not exist, but he NEVER existed.