Outright labelling actor Kevin Spacey a pedophile for alleged behavior that was undoubtably amoral, misunderstands the condition and generalizes this situation, suggests Joseph Fischel of Slate. The media outcry and witch hunt after Spacey is rooted in emotion and a tribal desire for justice. Pedophilia generally defines the sexual attraction to pre-pubescent children, which a 14-year old no longer is. What Spacey reportedly did was deeply wrong, but the campaign to shame him stems from the conflation of homosexuality and pedophilia. Gay people have suffered from this for ages. Painting Spacey with the same brush is highly reductive.
Defending Kevin Spacey’s alleged abhorrent harassment of a child downplays and seems to justify the crime that he may have committed, writes BluePillSheep in a direct response to Fischer’s piece. The liberal desire to stand up for Spacey, simply because of his homosexuality or liberalism, is deeply hypocritical, particularly compared to the way conservative sex scandals have been handled. The narrative that Spacey is somehow being treated unfairly takes away from the true victim, a 14-year old, while minimizing the actor’s reported misdeeds. The anger he has received isn’t steeped in homophobia, it’s entirely justified to condemn what he apparently did.