Earlier today, the New York Review of books published an essay by Jian Ghomeshi, the once celebrated host of Q on CBC radio, whose career and life was derailed by numerous allegations of sexual misconduct and a criminal trial.
In it, Ghomeshi talks about what the experience was like for him. He was cleared of all the charges in one trial and had the charges withdrawn in another case in exchange for a peace bond promising good behaviour.
Canadians, though, have not forgiven and do not like the former host of the beloved CBC program and are speaking out about the essay online.
Jian Ghomeshi is a garbage human being and a garbage writer.— Oliver Sullivan (@ollysully) September 14, 2018
I get that some people want these garbage monsters in the public sphere again, but literally no one is asking Jian Ghomeshi to come back.— Krisp ♥♠♥ (@krisp131) September 14, 2018
Good afternoon, Jian Ghomeshi is still a giant trash heap.— Danielle (@TheDanimagus) September 14, 2018
if Jian Ghomeshi's intent was to make me aware of his existence by reminding the literary world he's a sexual predator, mission accomplished i guess— Kleemendously Wet (@MilesKlee) September 14, 2018
As you can tell, people are beyond pissed off about the fact that this essay was published at all. There are even calls to boycott the New York Review of Books over it.
Do let @nybooks know how displeased you are that they chose to give Jian Ghomeshi a platform.— The Singing Owl (@OwlWithAGuitar) September 14, 2018
Do not link to his piece when you do so. Do not reward this decision with hate clicks.
I should add that I do want to read the article, even if "Jian Ghomeshi on Jian Ghomeshi" makes me want to jam a pen in my eyes. But there's no way I'm throwing ANY coin to @nybooks to get behind their paywall for this shit.— andi zeisler (@andizeisler) September 14, 2018
One thing that people are particularly angry about in the essay is that Ghomeshi claimed that a friend told him that he "should get some kind of public recognition as a #MeToo pioneer."
Appalled just hearing about the Jian Ghomeshi piece. Reading the phrase "#MeToo pioneer" in that context turns my stomach. Disgraceful.— Stefanie (@vmarshmallow) September 14, 2018
The only part you'll need to read of Jian Ghomeshi's article: "I’ve become a hashtag. One of my female friends quips that I should get some kind of public recognition as a #MeToo pioneer. There are lots of guys more hated than me now. But I was the guy everyone hate first" LOLOL— Andrew Johnston (@_andrewjohnston) September 14, 2018
Many pointed out that, in their eyes, Ghomeshi doesn't seem remorseful or to have learned anything from his experience.
it seems the hardest part about being jian ghomeshi is not telling people you’re jian ghomeshi, which is indeed a very jian ghomeshi way of looking at things— liam mckenna (@liam_mckenna) September 14, 2018
It is hard being Jian Ghomeshi, says Jian Ghomeshi. https://t.co/Mj1syj0CKy— Susan Clairmont (@susanclairmont) September 14, 2018
It seems Canadians would just prefer if Ghomeshi just stayed away forever.