Toronto-based comedian Elvira Kurt has added her voice to the ever-growing chorus rallying against (and also cutting ties with) former Q radio host Jian Ghomeshi.
Kurt hosts the game show Spin Off, starred on the Comedy Network's PopCultured with Elvira Kurt, was a CTV etalk Daily correspondent, and was a weekly guest on Q who presented a segment called—believe it or not—Cultural Hall of Shame. (Looks like Ghomeshi himself could now be featured on that. Allegedly.)
As many of the developments in this scandal involved posts on Facebook, Kurt ripped into the Ghomeshi scandal in a scathing rant she posted on her Facebook page on November 3:
There is no(w) such (a) thing as bad publicity.
One week. It’s been one week. Of things I can’t un-read (that FB post: damage control passed off as a pitch perfect call to rally the troops… fuck you for trying to manipulate me), of images I can’t un-see (Punches. To. The. Head. … Jesus. Fucking. Christ.) and details I can’t un-know (the bear: I can’t even....)
I am done. Done being distracted by BDSM. That’s a red herring and we all know it.
I am done engaging with anyone trying to justify, rationalize or otherwise spin the issue of consent. Consent doesn’t need a context. Consent just IS. Consent is the only thing and it’s everything. If you don’t agree with that you are wrong. Also, shut the fuck up.
I am done with anyone railing against the anonymity of the women. What do we all know about ‘He said / She said’? That it’s a myth. It’s never ‘He said / She said’. Never. It’s always 'He said / 'She's lying!' or 'He said / She asked for it!' or 'He said / She should have known better!' Etc. Yeah, done.
I’m done with anyone wondering why ‘none of them went to the police’ or why some of them ‘went back’. Women are raised from birth to be accommodating, we are socialized from girlhood to be pleasers and if we experience sexual violation of any kind, to blame ourselves and or keep quiet about it. Society reinforces that mentality for the rest of our lives by vilifying, bullying and terrorizing those of us who do speak out. What bullshit. Enough.
Re-direct your ignorance and your misplaced anger, I’m done with that too.
And don’t tell me about that ‘one woman’ you know who ‘lied’. We’re not talking about ‘her’. Or ‘crazy jilted exes’. We’re talking about these women. And what they say happened. To them.
I’m done having the debate that the women's claim are ‘just allegations’. Guess what? So are Jian’s.
I’m done with men who are unwilling and unable to check their entitlement and privilege when it comes to women. Go fuck yourself, it’s all you deserve.
I’m done with men who can’t meet even the minimum standard of decency unlike all of the men I know. But don’t take it from this angry lesbian feminist, let Owen Pallett tell you, man to man.
Push has come to shove, again. This time, for me, the outcome is different. I’m done watching from the sidelines and venting only to people who think like I do. I won't be complicit in how women are treated in this world by my silence. Just like I’ll never be an apologist for anyone's sexual harassment, sexual violence, or sexual abuse. Ever. Period.
Friday on Q was a repeat. There was no way I could do my weekly segment. It’s called the ‘Hall of Shame’. This shit’s too real for irony.
…submitting a sex tape as proof of consent… that’s some next level delusion right there.
I’m done being quiet. But I’ve only just started speaking out. Come find me on Twitter @ELtotheVEE
Kurt spoke to the London Free Press, ahead of her appearance at a festival in London, Ontario, about Ghomeshi and she said she thinks that Q will survive Ghomeshi's firing.
Earlier this week, comedians Margaret Cho and Selene Luna also talked about the Ghomeshi scandal in their standup routines in Richmond, B.C. Cho expressed support for the Canadian women who spoke up about Ghomeshi and drew inspiration from them.