Journalist Hugh Heckman sued PBS Newshour last week because he was fired for saying – in a very low tone — “not bad” while looking at a photo of Meghan Markle.
Two female co-workers who heard the off-handed remark felt the comment constituted sexual harassment toward the Duchess of Sussex. And because they had to hear it, they felt sexually harassed as well.
Two days after making the “not bad” comment, Heckman was fired without so much as a hearing to deny the sexual harassment claim, according to the lawsuit.
The beginning of this incident dates back to November 25, 2017 when Heckman was working on a news story regarding the Royal Family with another male co-worker.
When the two of them viewed a photo of Meghan Markle, Heckman said “not bad,” which Heckman explained in his pending lawsuit was meant to convey that the Duchess-to-be had “charm and beauty and was a suitable match for her fiancé.”
It was a compliment. Nothing more. But even as a compliment, it was hardly a ringing endorsement of great charm and beauty. Being called “not bad,” after all, is just one step higher than being called “bad.”
Here’s a scale of attraction I think everyone can agree with:
Hideous -> Ugly -> Unsightly -> Bad -> Not bad -> Lovely -> Pretty -> Beautiful -> HOT!
“Not bad” is hardly that good, when you think about it. It certainly doesn’t stir up feelings of lust or sex. No guy is ever going to suffer from aches-in-the-pants over a photo of a girl who is “not bad.” It’s a mediocre compliment at best, without conveying any sexual reference.
But saying someone is “hot,” now that reaches the top of the scale.
And here’s where this crazy story gets even crazier.
The two women who took exception to Heckman’s comments about Markle being “not bad” had previously looked at a photo of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau where one of them commented, “He’s hot.”
But neither lost their jobs or suffered any disciplinary actions at PBS – or was accused of sexual harassment. And neither, apparently, could grasp the hypocrisy of their complaint.
Calling someone “hot” definitely conjures up images of a person who is smoking in sexiness, someone who can set fire to your erogenous zones, someone who can put a burning sensation in your unmentionables.
If sexual harassment is going to sweep up words meant to compliment, then calling someone “hot” is far more sexually aggressive than saying someone is “not bad.”
But a further point to be made in this ridiculous story is that the “not bad” compliment wasn’t even directed toward the two female coworkers who took offense, but at a photo of someone living thousands of miles away.
Do men now have to worry about sexual harassment by proxy? A person can be fired because a THIRD PERSON takes offense at a statement meant for someone else.
In this case, Megan Markle wasn’t personally in the room when the “not bad” comment was made. She was busy making future wedding plans, doing charity work and campaigning for clean water in Rwanda.
She had no time, then or afterwards, to say whether she felt sexually harassed by the “not bad” remark.
But the two female co-workers of Hugh Heckman – with their minds in the gutter and having the unique ability to use smutty psychic powers – were able to reach deep into Heckman’s thoughts and figure out he meant the comment to be of a sexually degrading nature…
…which they had to hear.
So now, as a male, you not only have to worry about a comment being taken out of context by the person it was intended for, but by proxy victims as well.
Do men now have to worry about sexual harassment by proxy?
These proxy victims aren’t the intended targets of the comment. Yet they not only have the right to take offense, but the power to place any interpretation on the comment they wish.
What’s remarkable in this case, is that the interpretation of the two female co-workers not only reigned supreme with their superiors, but Heckman never even got a chance to offer his own interpretation of the “not bad” comment.
Neither did Heckman get a chance to explain his thoughts when he heard one of the female co-workers say Prime Minister Trudeau was “hot.” He could have made a much better case of sexual aggressiveness than the two women.
So the standard only applies to men, not to women at PBS.
The bottom line is if sexual harassment by delusional proxy women can get a guy fired for something as meaningless as saying a woman is “not bad,” then radical feminists will have taken a monumental step toward their ultimate goal:
Purging men out of the workforce.