Social justice activist Tavis Smiley has had his show suspended from PBS after allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced. Multiple individuals came forward against Smiley, the host of the Tavis Smiley Show, claiming that success on the show and at the studio was tied to their sexual relationship with Smiley. Some also accused Smiley of misogyny.
NPR quoted Variety, who explained…
“The investigation found credible allegations that Smiley had engaged in sexual relationships with multiple subordinates, sources said. Some witnesses interviewed expressed concern that their employment status was linked to the status of a sexual relationship with Smiley. In general, witnesses described Smiley as creating a verbally abusive and threatening environment that went beyond what could be expected in a typical high-pressure work environment. Several expressed concerns about retaliation.”
According to Black Sports Online, there were claims from those who worked on the show alleging that Smiley always had an air of misogyny about him, with the article stating…
“In a February piece in the Observer, Jacques Hyzagi, a former producer on Smiley’s television show, wrote that Smiley’s “misogyny is always creeping around, barely camouflaged by Midwestern good manners.” Hyzagi described Smiley picking up a woman at the Orlando airport and bringing her along on a reporting trip as a “fuck buddy”; alleged that Smiley had a romantic relationship with another producer; and quoted Smiley denigrating PBS executives.”
According to CNN, The Tavis Smiley Show is actually produced by TS Media and distributed by PBS. PBS decided to cut all ties with the production company and suspended any further airings of the talk show.
A PBS representative issued a statement to CNN stating…
“The inquiry uncovered multiple, credible allegations of conduct that is inconsistent with the values and standards of PBS, and the totality of this information led to today’s decision,”
Smiley is yet another in a long line of Social Justice Warriors, male feminist allies, and powerful moguls and producers in Hollywood and digital content distribution who have been outed from their jobs, including one of the content executives at Amazon, Harvey Weinstein from The Weinstein Company, Charlie Rose from The Charlie Rose Show, and even Matt Lauer from The Today Show.
Tavis Smiley also fits many of the typical stereotypes of a Social Justice advocate, using Time to blame video games for contributing to a culture of influence that he claimed help contribute to the heinous act carried out by the four individuals involved in the Chicago torture video.
(Thanks for the news tip Hawk Hopper)
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