Garrison Keillor is the latest victim in the mounting toll of the American Sex Hysteria of 2017. The creator of the beloved radio show “Prairie Home Companion” has been sacked and written out of history because he touched a woman’s back, allegedly to show sympathy as she expressed sorrow.
Unlike many of the targets of this growing sex purge, Keillor has maintained his dignity, even managing to express some sad humor.
In an email to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune newspaper, Keillor observed,
Getting fired is a real distinction in broadcasting and I’ve waited fifty years for the honor. All of my heroes got fired. I only wish it could’ve been for something more heroic.
He explained that he had put his hand “on a woman’s bare back” in an effort to console her.
I meant to pat her back after she told me about her unhappiness and her shirt was open and my hand went up it about six inches. She recoiled. I apologized. I sent her an email of apology later and she replied that she had forgiven me and not to think about it. We were friends. We continued to be friendly right up until her lawyer called.
Keillor went on to explain:
Anyone who ever was around my show can tell you that I was the least physically affectionate person in the building. Actors hug, musicians hug, people were embracing every Saturday night left and right, and I stood off in the corner like a stone statue. If I had a dollar for every woman who asked to take a selfie with me and who slipped an arm around me and let it drift down below the beltline, I’d have at least a hundred dollars. So this is poetic irony of a high order.
This is the world we now live in. The slightest touch, innocent or not, and entire careers are destroyed overnight.
Ironically, on the very day Minnesota Public Radio purged him, Keillor had published an article in the Washington Post attacking the current sex hysteria and pointing out:
This is pure absurdity and the atrocity it leads to is a code of public deadliness. No kidding.
No kidding. Human interactions must henceforth be obsessively robotic. A slight misstep, a word or gesture that is misinterpreted, and the result may be annihilation.
[Excellent updates on the progressing sex purges are provided by David Walsh at the World Socialist Web Site.]