In 2017, there was a huge and very important movement called the #MeToo movement.
It was important for a number of reasons, but the main one was that it provided a platform for women to speak out against men who abused, sexually harassed and assaulted them.
Unfortunately, domestic abuse and sexual harassment and assault happen every day and the #MeToo movement didn’t stop it, but it did help shine a light on it.
I doubt it will ever stop because there are men who will continue to commit these horrendous acts against women.
I don’t understand why myself.
There must be something chemically wrong with some men’s heads that drives them to commit such horrendous acts towards women and that may never be eradicated.
That said, that kind of behavior isn’t just directed at women.
The accusations made against kevin spacey they have proven that men can abuse other men, and there have also been cases of women abusing other women.
The dark side of the #MeToo movement
However, there was a dark side to the #MeToo movement.
The movement allowed people to take advantage of it for their own personal gain.
I know that Johnny Depp’s trial is not over yet, but there are a lot of people who believe that amber heard he was one of those people.
The #MeToo movement often forgets that women are human too and that all humans can be selfish, egotistical, greedy and predatory, regardless of their gender.
These are not just character traits that are common in men. They are common in all human beings.
All this to say that all humans (men included) can be victims of domestic abuse and sexual harassment too.
What this whole preamble really is, though, is a pretty neat way of getting to the point at hand, and that is that there were some men who fell victim to the #MeToo movement in a much more complex way.
It was a time when women were publicly accusing men of sexual harassment and domestic abuse left and right.
In many ways this was a good thing and it was about time something like this happened and put those men in their place and the truth came out.
However, it also meant that accusations were made against certain men and things went too far and some were even false.
Claims were made that cost people their jobs and livelihoods and ended up separating families.
Some of the crimes did not match the punishment.
In some cases, the offenses just didn’t match the punishment, and I think Andy Signore, the man behind the popular YouTube channel Screen Junkies, fell victim to this.
I don’t think it helped that the allegations placed at his feet coincided with the revelations of Harvey Weinstein’s horrific acts of sexual assault and harassment.
Regardless, in 2017, it was revealed that Andy Signore would be leaving Screen Junkies effective immediately.
That’s when it was revealed that sexual harassment claims had been filed against the creator and founder of Screen Junkies.
I remember at the time I was shocked and devastated.
I was a fan of Screen Junkies and loved listening to shows like Movie Fights.
Andy was the host of that show and it was always a dream of mine to go on that show and talk about my favorite movies in the Movie Fights ring.
Andy Signore is due an apology from Screen Junkies
Andy left the channel, and I’ll be honest, since then, things went downhill pretty quickly for Screen Junkies.
It was backed up for a while and there were still some pretty good movie reviews from time to time.
However, after being bought by Fandom, the channel has become the go-to for Honest Trailers videos and there are no more movie reviews or anything like that there nowadays.
It’s an empty shell of what it used to be and that’s a shame.
Since then, Andy has made several videos detailing his side of the story, and I’ve included some of them in this article.
I suggest you go and watch them because it’s interesting to hear their side of the story, which we never got to do at the time.
Andy was effectively silenced, as were several people during the #MeToo movement.
The Johnny Depp libel trial is also an interesting case study on this.
When Amber Heard made her accusations against Johnny, he was also silenced by the mainstream media.
One of the reasons he chose to sue Ms. Heard for $50 million was so people could hear his side of the story.
Anyway, back to Andy.
In his most recent video about what happened between him and Screen Junkies, Andy admitted that he made mistakes.
“In 2017, they canceled me,” Andy begins.
He continues: “I was canceled for accusations that were false. It was a very dark time in my life.”
He then goes on to admit that he cheated on his wife at the time, and if anything, his wife, children, and parents were the main victims of Andy’s action and also his cancellation.
Cancel culture is dangerous, and I don’t think people really realize the devastating effects it can have on the people around the person being canceled.
There are two versions of every story
We are all too quick to judge.
There are always two sides to every story.
We heard from people on the Screen Junkies side, but we never really got to hear from Andy’s side at the time.
There were a handful of sexual harassment claims against Andy in 2017.
However, the main accusation against Andy only really came from one person (who will remain unnamed).
Several women then made accusations against Andy revealing that he was creepy and sent them inappropriate messages.
Of course, this is not acceptable, and Andy in his videos acknowledged this and admitted that he made mistakes and also expressed remorse for what he did.
What is clear, however, is that Andy did not commit sexual assault or domestic abuse.
He was wrong in his actions, and you can feel free to think what you want about Andy’s actions.
However, firing him and publicly shaming him like Screen Junkies did was not the way to handle the situation and I think in hindsight it was abhorrent.
Maybe it’s time for Screen Junkies to formally apologize to Andy Signore for the way they treated him.
But also, maybe it’s time for everyone to put this behind them and learn from it.
Andy is doing very well with his new channel, Popcorned Planet.
I think we can all learn an important lesson from what happened to people like Andy.
We shouldn’t be so quick to judge people.
We should not rush to accuse people.
And, above all, we must try to step back and listen, think and learn.
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