The Episode Description Itself
November 24th, a new episode of Straight Up with Stassi was released, called "Are we on a male witch hunt?". The description reads: After weeks of deliberation, Stassi decides to dedicate a whole episode to the new sexual harassment epidemic. Joining her is her friend and Los Angeles native, Jennifer Hoffner, a well-informed, eloquent woman who has seen it all in Hollywood.
Her "eloquent" friend Jennifer is also the co-founder of Pucker and Pout. A blog run by Stassi's cast member, Katie Maloney. The accuracy in describing Jennifer as well-informed and eloquent can be decided for yourself, but saying she has "seen it all" is hardly true, as she (along with Stassi) claims to have never been sexually harassed, nor does she know anyone that has been. So clearly these two voices are ones that need to be heard, right?
Can you imagine "deliberating" for weeks how you're going to talk about this, and this is it? Well, keep reading and you'll see what I mean.
"It's like the Salem Witch Trials, but for men."
Yes, Miss Eloquent Jennifer really said this.
"Half the things are true, half these people are actual victims, but then there are all these little [illegitimate stories] because they want publicity."
This one was said by Stassi, with a slight interjection from Jennifer. I will never understand where people get this. Many of the women coming forward have remained anonymous. To say that half of these people are telling to truth is absolutely appalling, but it only gets worse. Jennifer also referred to a lot of the stories as "silly". Why is up to these two to decide which stories are legitimate, and which are just "SILLY"? Stassi does repeat more than once that she doesn't want any of this to take away from the real victims, and that she is sorry for them, and she worries these "silly" stories takeaway from them. You can say that as many times as you want, but the rest of the podcast does not follow the same tone at all.
"How is that sexual harassment? You could say no, or you could push them away."
These ladies should give seminars on how to be un-rapeable, since according to them, it's totally avoidable. I should add that I'm less than ten minutes in. I should also note that finding quotes is really difficult because complete sentences are not easy to find in this podcast.
"Men are terrified right now."
The quote itself might not be horrifying, but it seems to be one of Stassi's main points throughout this episode. She's is very angry and upset that men may now feel uncomfortable being alone with her or joking with her. Can you imagine how nice it must be for that to be one of your biggest fears?
This is an acronym that stands for: Hooker Actress Model Stripper Trainer Entertainer Runaway. Which they claim make up most of the women in LA. These are also women who see men with power and want something from them/attention. After this, she makes a smooth transition to a Texture ad. As of right now, Texture has not publicly pulled as a sponsor.
"No one can make me suck someone's dick"
"So now what, if a girl goes and touches some guy's private parts, is he gonna come out and say 'You sexually harassed me'"?
"We're all saying it in private."
Truly bone chilling to realize Stasssi believes that this is what everyone really thinks, and she's just being the brave one who is saying it. You and Donald Trump, huh?!
Just report it!
It's super easy to just report things. That's what BBB is for! Nothing negative has ever come from that, and justice is always served... Stassi does play "devil's advocate" (good god) here, and say that sometimes their careers would be threatened. Good call, Stas.
I'm going to be frank, I need a minute to stop listening and take a little break. I'm here making jokes and calling her out- but listening to this podcast (now again) has made me emotional. It's one thing to have an opinion, everybody does. But for someone with a platform to say such damaging things is beyond upsetting. This is why people don't come forward. This is why people are afraid. Stassi, you have young, female fans that listen to this. Yes, it's America, you can say whatever you want to say, that is your right. But that does not take away consequences, or the expectation of human decency. You would think that you could maybe be a little more understanding, as a victim of revenge porn? Was your ex-boyfriend just having fun when he tried to release your sex tape? Couldn't you have avoided that whole situation? I mean, you did willingly send it to him! <-- These are things I would never say, because that would be blaming YOU for something awful that was done to you by a man you believed had power over you. You were scared. I listened to the podcast episode where you talked about it. Do you realize you're doing that to these victims who have been afraid? You are perpetuating this.
Al Franken was just having fun, and Stassi doesn't know what Net Neutrality is.
"I just think it's the easiest thing in the world to not go to someone's hotel room late at night, and it's the easiest thing in the world to not make out with someone if you don't want to, and it's the easiest thing in the world to not suck someone's dick"
This is another one of her main points, just how easy it is for sexual harassment to be avoided. Sure, you can bite their dick or push them away from you, but then what if they get physical? What's your next move? I would love for these girls to tell us, since they so clearly believe they are so much smarter than everyone else.
"It's like a handbag!"
Referring to coming forward with allegations. It's trendy. To get famous. Jennifer even says "What do you have to gain?", to which I say..... EXACTLY? I'm trying to refrain from name calling and total bashing but oh my god. This is making me truly sick.
Jennifer then told a story about a friend of hers that was contacted by Harvey Weinstein. Apparently he had asked her several times to come to a hotel room, and she refused. Case closed, everyone. So one person was "smart enough to figure it out" - what does this prove? Are you trying to make it seem like everyone that did go into the hotel room just wasn't as smart as your friend? Hot take.
They also defended Lena Dunham, but I'm not getting into it.
How hard did they have to work to be this offensive? Stassi brings up the time that one of her cast mates (Ariana Madix) called her out for saying something racist on a podcast. If you'll remember, she apologized for these statements, but she now makes it clear she still totally stands by it. The same way she did when she recently got in trouble for making a joke about being offended Harvey Weinstein didn't hit on her. She apologized, but clearly still stands by it.
Stassi now goes on a rant about how she begged Jennifer to do this podcast with her because of how informed and smart she is. No comment.
"I don't know if I can believe.."
When they brought up Dustin Hoffman was on the list of abusers. They have the classic reaction of Oh noooo what? I dunno if I can believe that. I don't know him, but....
Fucking classic disgusting reaction.
"Where the fuck were your parents?"
"You know, her mother was there, she took her to the party, it went down at the party, like, she never said no, it was consensual." -Jennifer
SHE WAS A MINOR AND SHE WAS DRUGGED. This is absolutely sickening and I cannot believe this was public, even for a short amount of time.
"They might as well be the Salem Witches hanging from trees."
What can I even add to this? There comes a point when there is just nothing you can even say. To compare men who have been accused of sexual assault, to women hanging from trees is absolutely appalling and I cannot believe I even need to say this.
They then go on a rant about how these men have children and that "their parents are known as sexual predators!"... Well, when they're sexual predators...
WINC commercial - as of now, they have not publicly made any statement or pulled sponsorship.
"Just push them off" "Adopt a resting bitch face" etc
Just be mean and guys wont try to rape you. How dare you walk into a room with a smile and a good, approachable energy- then you'd just be asking for it.
This is all I could stomach for recapping the episode, and soon after this, they change the subject.