Jian Ghomeshi, now infamous host of CBC’s popular radio show ‘Q’, is getting more attention than he likely ever dreamed of back when he did the weekly entertainment report on Canada Now.
In case you haven’t heard, Ghomeshi was fired by the CBC last Friday, and the story that is unfolding is a real doozy. Seems Ghomeshi is into BDSM (bondage, discipline, sadism and masochism) and there are some women from his past who are accusing him of practicing BDSM on them without their consent. It’s pretty salacious stuff.
My Facebook page today is full of supportive pap for the self confessed kinkster, who posted a 1500 plus word explanation on said social media site of what really went down with his stunning firing last week. It was a tad on the ‘oh poor me’ side, but interesting reading nonetheless. Oh yeah, and he’s suing the CBC for $50 million for breach of contract.
Ghomeshi writes on Facebook: “I’ve been fired from the CBC because of the risk of my private sex life being made public as a result of a campaign of false allegations pursued by a jilted ex girlfriend and a freelance writer”.
Ghomeshi denies the allegations, maintaining that yes, he’s a bit kinky, but no, he has never done anything with a woman that wasn’t completely consensual. He alludes to a systematic smear campaign aimed at destroying him, and says that he has lived with the ongoing threat of exposure for many months.
He also says he informed the CBC about the potential threat to his reputation and that Mother Corp was part of the team of friends and lawyers he had assembled to deal with this for months. One gets the impression that his Friday firing was as surprising to him as it was to the rest of us.
Today the Toronto Sun published interviews with four women who describe their experience with Ghomeshi in detail. They allege he was physically violent with them without their consent. “They allege he struck them with a closed fist or open hand; bit them; choked them until they almost passed out; covered their nose and mouth so that they had difficulty breathing; and that they were verbally abused during and after sex,” the story claims.
I don’t know Jian Ghomeshi and I don’t really care what his sexual proclivities are, as long as no one gets hurt, or at least if they do, it’s consensual (I think). I will also confess that the only time I watched him was when he interviewed Bill Bob Thornton, well after the fact. I was mildly impressed with his tenacity, but obviously not impressed enough to become a regular listener to Q.
In fact, Ghomeshi’s, I mean the CBC’s, (Freudian slip there) cultural affairs show ‘Q,’ has listeners in the high 275k range. I suppose that’s pretty good by Canadian public broadcasting standards, but that hardly makes him a radio phenom in my book.
Still, what he wasn’t last week, he is now: a viral superstar, the likes of which the press gobbles up like a succulent turkey dinner after a 2 day colon cleanse. We will certainly hear more revelations about what he did, and what CBC did, and what constitutes consent, and whether it’s okay to smack a woman on the first date, with her consent of course.
As for Ghomeshi himself, I sincerely doubt his career is over. If anything, he is more famous now than ever. Who wants to take my wager he’ll be fielding calls from some of the more imaginative US media outlets in the near future . . .