8-October-2016 – Berkeley, California

“And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything.  ‘Grab them by the p***y. You can do anything.’

Though I am offended by what has been exposed, I accept it. I have accepted these disparaging comments towards women for many years. I have been exposed to this type of commentary about women and told to accept it.

Traveling with bands, friended by egotistical rock stars, rock musicians, rock asteroids. They referred to groupies as “cousins”.  I accepted it without question for it enabled me to gain privileges such as access to photographing bands. I am ashamed.

I’ve come to understand that this type of commentary about women is quite common.  When I watched the 2005 banter between Donald J. Trump and Billy Bush tape I didn’t flinch; I saw it as normal.  It didn’t bother me at all. Look at your friends, your neighbors, your colleagues at work, those you hold in high regard, your heroes.

Don’t disparage Donald Trump for his behaviour if you are unwilling to hold others to the same standard. I choose not to vote for Donald Trump on November 8th, but not for this reason.

I am saddened that I and others are unwilling to confront former friends and colleagues that hold women in the same regard. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are a product of our society. When we see them, we see ourselves.   I will not be a hypocrite.


[ Source: Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3829836/Too-people-power-abuse-Soap-opera-star-Arianne-Zucker-breaks-silence-Donald-Trump-hot-mic-controversy-hit-against-disregard-simple-principles.html#ixzz4MocnJLrW  ]

[ Full transcript = http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/08/us/donald-trump-tape-transcript.html?_r=0 ]