It’s used in politics and religion as well. One reason Spacey’s shenanigans stayed secret so long was his refusal to come out of the proverbial closet. There are defamation repercussions as well as social dynamics too complex to chart. It’s like gravity, the tide, and changing seasons. Several people he encountered kept silent because you don’t announce to the the world another person’s sexual orientation. Spacey hid behind that smokescreen—now we know it.

The tactic has been used before. Rob Bell remained silent on the belief of “Christ as our substitute” in his sermons; that irritated the evangelical community. Trump and Obama both avoided many issues; no one knows Trump’s true politics, then you have Obama’s ambiguous positions on religion and respect for America.

By not announcing which side they are on—or by not “flying their colors” as sailors might say—people can act, in some ways, like pirates: Avoid direct assault and sneak up close enough to do great damage.  · · · →

Throwing Kevin Spacey to the wolves won’t solve any problems. It won’t expose corruption. It won’t act as any kind of deterrent. It won’t satisfy any cry for justice.

There’s no acquittal for Spacey and I won’t defend him. I will level the charge, however: He’s an influential figure gone way off track, not a pen-signing boss demanding pay for play. Kevin is no Weinstein, but he still needs a “come to Jesus moment” about the entire Hollywood situation to which he has been part and parcel. Like Rapp, Yiannopoulos, and so many others, Spacey probably has his own story.

I was an actor in high school, a decent one who landed “Captain Jim” in Little Mary Sunshine. I know the kind of crude jokes in back-stage culture, which I was shamefully a part of. There you have the “men behind the curtain” culture of nearly every TV show and movie that we whore ourselves out to, week after week.  · · · →