Marilyn Manson and Louis CK, who have been accused of sexual violence and misconduct, received Grammy nominations on Tuesday, sparking widespread outcry on social media.
Many survivors of sexual assault claimed that it showed how, even in a post-MeToo era, the public and its institutions continue to downplay sexual violence and reward the accused (or, in CK’s case, who have admitted to such violence) . Others used the nominations as an example of how canceling culture, among today’s most polarizing cultural debates, rarely generates lasting consequences.
“Marilyn Manson’s Grammy nomination is a huge slap in the face for survivors of sexual assault and domestic abuse.” said author Lauren Badillo Milici on Twitter. “I am sad and tired.”
When #MeToo blew up, the culture of cancellation came for powerful men accused of abuse. It is one of the ways that survivors seek accountability in a society that consistently denies them justice. Canceling culture is what happens, experts say, when there is no clear social response to sexual violence. But experts argue that the most powerful men are rarely really canceled, except in the most egregious cases, and even then it can take decades, as with Bill Cosby or Harvey Weinstein.
“Canceling culture is what happens when women feel they have no power,” said Nicole Bedera, an expert on sexual violence. “It is what we have left when our traditional institutions of accountability do not work.”
The CEO of the Recording Academy, which presents the awards, addressed the controversy in an interview with The Wrap.
“We will not look back on people’s history, we will not look at their criminal records, we will see nothing but legality within our rules of, is this recording for this job eligible based on date and other criteria? . If so, they can submit it for consideration, ”said Harvey Mason Jr.
Manson was nominated for his work on Kanye West’s “Donda.” He has been accused of abuse by more than a dozen women, including “Westworld” actress and former fiancee Evan Rachel Wood, who said she named Manson’s name publicly so she could “expose this dangerous man and expose the many industries that they have allowed him, before he ruins more lives. “
Manson is currently facing multiple lawsuits for sexual, emotional and physical abuse. A representative has repeatedly denied the allegations against him.
Ashley Morgan Smithline, the fourth person to sue Manson, told People magazine in November that seeing him get invited to perform at Ye’s Sunday service over Halloween weekend was “like being traumatized again.”
“It’s just to show the point that the world doesn’t really care if you rape and if you hit and hurt all these (women), you can do whatever you want, basically, if you have money and you’re a man and you are famous,” he said. .
CK was nominated for best comedy album for his special, “Sincerely Louis CK.” In 2017, the comedian admitted to masturbating in front of women he knew professionally. In his special, he makes several jokes about his sexual misconduct.