Anonymous Confessions: Is radio ready for its own #metoo campaign?
A light has been shone on a culture of bullying, harassment and sexual assault within the entertainment industry.
Allegations that were made against movie producer Harvey Weinstein opened the floodgates and a cavalcade of stars have been ‘outed’ as serial offenders.
This week, it struck a little closer to home with allegations made against Oscar-winner Geoffrey Rush and celebrity gardener Don Burke, who didn’t help his cause during an interview on A Current Affair.
It must be remembered, though, that none of the allegations have been tested in court and they remain just accusations.
But what we are seeing is a willingness to talk about what used to be hushed up and swept under the carpet. The online #metoo campaign has empowered women to come forward and speak out.
Yet, there have been no allegations levelled against those working within Australian radio. Not on a large scale, anyway.
But it would be naïve to believe that this hasn’t been happening within our industry. So why aren’t we speaking up and speaking out?
Is it just women who’ve copped it or have men been victimized as well?
Is it an unspoken threat of ‘never working in the industry again’ that buys our silence? Do we need a #metooradio movement to flush out the creeps and the bullies?
Or perhaps mandatory compliance sessions and pro-active HR departments cleaned up the industry. Maybe senior management is no longer willing to tolerate poor behaviour.
Perhaps there’s no place where people have felt comfortable to speak out.
Radio Today has decided to create a ‘safe place’ for anyone to call out any inappropriate behaviour. Experiences can be detailed anonymously in the comments section below.
However, they will be monitored and we ask that respect is shown to those who have something to say. The comments may also be edited to comply with the law.