John Corabi has voiced his concern about men being falsely accused of sexual misconduct in the wake of the #MeToo Movement, saying that many of them are becoming increasingly worried about crossing boundaries, having their actions misinterpreted, or even adhering to traditional gender roles like paying for a date.
In a brand new interview with “The Blairing Out With Eric Blair Show”, the former MÖTLEY CRÜE and current THE DEAD DAISIES frontman was asked what the pros and cons are of #MeToo, which has inspired countless women to share stories about experiencing sexual abuse and harassment. He responded (see video below): “[I] totally understand. I don’t think anybody should be subject to any sort of harassment in any way, shape or form. But at the same time, it’s making everybody leery about being social and talking. You don’t know anymore. The things that used to be… My mother raised me to open the car door; open the door; if you take a woman out, you should pick up the check; and blah blah blah — whatever. And now, all this shit is read into it.”
He continued: “It wasn’t that long ago, I was in London, and these girls were at the gig… It was a few years back, and I said, ‘Hey, we’re going back to the hotel. We’re gonna party…’ All I meant was we’re partying in the hotel bar. And the minute I said it, they were, like, ‘We’re not gonna go back and fuck you guys.’ I go, ‘I never said that. I was just asking if you wanted to go back and have a drink with us. So, fuck off now.’ Whatever. So that was my #MeToo moment.
“I think it’s making it more difficult for people to talk to each other,” Corabi added. “Now, if someone says to a chick, or… there’s some women in power too. If they go, ‘Hey, you want that raise? Lick my ass,’ then, yeah, you’ve had a #MeToo moment, and you should say something to somebody about it. But it’s getting a little out of control. I think everything is, though — everything is getting out of control.”
The #MeToo and Time’s Up movements were launched following the sexual misconduct scandal surrounding Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. The scandal inspired many women to come forward to accuse not only Weinstein but others in the entertainment industry and beyond.
Weinstein‘s career was brought to a halt after dozens of women in the entertainment industry — including Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie — accused him of varying degrees of sexual misconduct over the years.
A spokeswoman for Weinstein has repeatedly denied allegations “of non-consensual sex.” Weinstein has also apologized for “the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past.”
Although there have been some moves to highlight harassment in music, there has yet to be a focal, Weinstein-style watershed moment in the music business.