This Is Some Bullshit From Katie Couric

Katie Couric and Matt Lauer, 2002. Image via Getty.

Katie Couric now comes to the defense of
Matt Lauer, who for twenty years cursed the
dawn with his playfully misogynist
on-camera
antics and off-camera sneering, and now faces
allegations of serial sexual harassment and
rape
in his office. “I had no idea this was going on during
my tenure or after I left,” she
tells People
. “I think I speak for many of my
former colleagues when I say this was not the Matt we knew.
Matt was a kind and generous colleague who treated me with
respect.”

This seems unlikely.

It is very hard to believe that a journalist who spent 15 years
co-hosting with Matt Lauer would not have picked up on some
signs that he is at least a creep. First, there’s
well-circulated footage of Lauer telling co-host
Meredith Vieira
to bend over
because “that’s a nice view.” Why do we have
this clip? Likely because a PA saved it for later or remembered
this instance so clearly that he/she would go through years of
footage to dig it up again. Then there’s the question of how
one hypothetically (allegedly)
transports a rape victim
from Matt Lauer’s office to the
hospital with the entire Today show staff none the
wiser, if the allegation is true. Couric’s statement also
suggests that she’d never heard the story about how he
gave a colleague
a sex toy and said he wanted to use it on
her, or that he allegedly quizzed female producers on whom
they’d slept with, or that he pulled down his pants in his
office in front of another colleague, or of the
several women
who reportedly complained to the network,
which “fell on deaf ears given the lucrative advertising
surrounding Today.” Even just this cringeworthy
on-camera segment of Lauer
casually deriding
Savannah Guthrie for not
being able to work a vacuum should have raised a flag to
literally anybody watching the Today show.

She herself “joked” that Lauer frequently
pinched her ass
. Joke!! she says.

She waited over a month to make this statement.


Variety’s celebrity real estate writer is Shakespeare
of our time. Describing probably Rihanna’s
least interesting house which she acquired on an impulse buy
and is now renting out til she can find a buyer, here are some
phrases I don’t fully understand from euphonious prose:

  • “The front door opens efficiently if abruptly…” [is door
    efficiency a rich person feature?]
  • Open-concept kitchen
  • “tandem parking”
  • accordion fold glass
  • “en suite” (bedroom descriptor)
  • Frameless glass shower “enclosure”
  • Den

Here are some photos for your envisionment, images via
Compass
:

A room

A kitchen

A bedroom


Image via TMZ.

Kylie Jenner is in labor. NOT. But if she
were,
TMZ imagines
that her face would look like someone trying
to make words and then blurting: “Egg!”


Megan Fox reveals her baby, looks like a
baby.


  • Violent Paley, one of the five women who
    have now accused James Franco of sexual
    harassment or assault now has to answer to people who are
    accusing her of ruining his life for the fun of it. Only
    after the Golden Globes, though? [TMZ]
  • Jennifer Hudson’s ex, retired WWE wrestler
    David Otunga, has been cleared of a domestic
    violence claim Hudson made against him. [The
    Sun
    ]
  • Tom Cruise jumping out of windows again
    because he can. [Daily
    Mail
    ]

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