Garrison Keillor is down.
Keillor, the beloved creator of the long-running radio show “Prairie Home Companion,” turns out to be a sex predator. He touched a woman’s back, allegedly to show sympathy as she expressed sorrow.
I myself have spent many pleasant hours listening to his show. His voice was kind and reassuring, his stories engaging, and the fictional world of Lake Woebegone seemed an island of sanity in a crazy world.
Minnesota Public Radio (MPR)—which his show virtually created—has cut all ties to Keillor. Ironically, Keillor’s purging came on the same day the Washington Post published his article ridiculing the current sex hysteria.
A measure of how vile Garrison Keillor’s offense must have been is seen in the swiftness with which he has been cast into darkness and the elaborate sterilization procedures needed to clear the network of his name and memory. MPR announced it will cease to broadcast or distribute all shows connected with Keillor, including “Writer’s Almanac” and “The Best of A Prairie Home Companion.” New episodes of “Prairie Home Companion” will be given another name.
This is all beyond insane.
[Excellent updates on the progressing sex purges are provided by David Walsh at the World Socialist Web Site.]