Sumofus.org And All The Rapist Pilots At WestJet

Birdman

You can install the sarcasm font on that title and most of my words in this post.

Maybe.

I recently received an email from Emma Pullman at SumOfUs.org. This is how it started:

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Holy shit! That’s horrible. Up to dozens of women? This guy sounds like a monster.

It’s no secret that WestJet is my favourite airline, so this was especially troubling to me.

It continued:

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Good for her. Those bastards need to pay. Wait a second. They are literally in the business of safety? I think we need to define what the word “literally” means. I think that they are literally in the business of transportation and serving deliciouscookie tubes with my club soda. I know safety is a part of their business, but it is also a part of every business. A construction company can safely build twelve skyscrapers, but I don’t think you’d say they were in the safety business. Anyhow, I’m nitpicking. Let’s continue with the persecution of the dirty rapists and their protectors.

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Cough* Jian Ghomeshi* Cough

That’s right, they are a public company, and they do care what people think. I know from all of the times they responded to my tweets. Maybe that Saretsky guy should step down if he is just allowing up to dozens of women to get raped by this pilot. That’s a horrible person to protect, even if it’s his brother.1)I highly doubt it’s his brother I don’t understand why he’s doing this dastardly deed, because he seems like a great guy, judging from his blurbs in the in-flight magazine.

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OMG, they’re celebrating their 20th anniversary already. They are definitely more vulnerable because of that. My friend was celebrating his 20th anniversary and while he was at dinner he caught his wife behind a dumpster with the waiter and a pastry chef that had a neck tattoo. We should attack WestJet now, while they are feeling all emotional and shit.

There is a whole other part of the email containing news and links to external news sources like The Globe and Mail and please send us $3, but that doesn’t matter, does it? I mean that we are thirsty for blood, after reading about this rapey pilot. Right?

Well, I guess it wouldn’t hurt to have a skim through the Globe And Mail story.

Here’s a part that I found interesting:

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First of all, NO means NO!

Period.

I am not by any means condoning the pilot’s alleged behaviour, but she should also know to leave a party when the party is over. Especially when the pilot is drunk. Drunk people have poor judgement as a rule, but especially if they are of poor character as well.

Second of all, why only report it to a coworker the following day? Why not call the police, or at least a manager right after it happened? That had to be traumatizing, and would keep you up all night, I’m sure. Wouldn’t you want to immediately have this documented as a criminal act? I know I would, but I’m not a 24 year old woman in a foreign country, so I may be out to lunch on the subject.

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Wait a minute. That says “None of the allegations has been proven in court.”

But SumOfUs.org emailed me and said that it did happen. Why would a so called “international consumer watchdog” send out a petition to force the resignation of a company CEO over unproven allegations? That seems completely slanderous and illegal, because there hasn’t even been a court hearing yet.

Don’t get me wrong. If he did these things, I hope he gets to spend a few years with a horny roommate named Big Jim, but whether he did or didn’t do it is not for Emma Pullman at SumOfUs to decide. It is for WestJet, and ultimately, a court of law to exact the judgement and punishment in this case.

As for the CEO of WestJet, I would hope that if it’s true that he knew an employee was raping and assaulting coworkers and then helped to cover it up so that said employee could go on raping and pillaging staff, he will discover a fate that is far worse than losing his cushy job. I’m thinking that maybe Big Jim would have enough love in his heart for two roommates.

Of course, if it turns out that it isn’t true, maybe I’ll start a petition company to force Emma Pullman to resign from SumOfUs.org.

What’s good for the goose, is good for the gander, right?

Birdman

P.S. You guys know that this is in no way a question of the accuser’s honesty, right? I’m not trying to make light of sexual assault in any way. I’m just trying to get the point across that until you know something is a fact, that you shouldn’t claim it’s so. Kind of like deities.

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1. I highly doubt it’s his brother

6 thoughts on “Sumofus.org And All The Rapist Pilots At WestJet

  1. One of the logical fallacies people commonly overlook is the phrase “up to.” I could say there were up to 1000 assaults reported, and be totally accurate, since “up to 1000” can be anywhere from 0 to 1000.

    It’s what passes for “journalism” now. Nothing is worth publishing unless it evokes a primal response, and no one cares about accuracy as long as they achieve the desired result. And it’s ALL news outlets, too – not just the fringe extremes. AND, the whole “sign this petition” thing has gotten WAY out of hand. I get 30 notifications a day of “petitions you may want to sign,” and most of them leave me feeling dumber for even having read the appeal.

    • Oh, I hear you, sister. It actually enraged me to the point that I unsubscribed with an explanation. I believe the explanation ended with “don’t you dare send me another email.”, or something along those lines. I did notice that they have changed it on their website. Now it says “dozens”, which is in a way worse than the “up to” part. Now they might have to actually quantify something.

      CBC news is reporting that so far 10 people have come forward after WestJet asked all employees to come forward. That’s a lot, but not dozens. Yet.

  2. Interesting story, but that part about her not knowing when to leave a party is a bit off (if I’m reading it right) Expect some criticism on that front.

    • I expect criticism all the time. I also worded it carefully and it’s how I feel. All I was saying is that you need to protect yourself, and try not to get into dangerous situations. I think that sticking around with a drunk guy after everyone else leaves, possibly puts you in harms way, and I will give both of our girls the same advice when they start going to parties, or going out at all, for that matter.

      It’s a sad fact, but you can’t trust that other people’s judgement or actions are pure, so you need to look after yourself. It could keep you from being a crime statistic.

      Good job on finally getting through the blog’s shield.

  3. Cough cough Jian Ghomesi exactly. Did you watch that shit show? So many women all over twitter land wanting to have him drawn and quartered because, as one so eloquently stated, “demanding a man is innocent until proven guilty just contributes to the myth that women lie”. Let that one sink in for a minute. Not sure if it’s feminism gone awry or what the deal is but we can not throw away the foundation of our justice system. The double standards with regards to gender in the court of public opinion annoy me to no end. Great post!

    Sent from my Bell Samsung device over Canada’s largest network.

    • No, I really don’t pay a lot of attention to the news, and if this witch hunt hadn’t have shown up in my inbox, I would probably still not have heard of it. I went to a blogging convention once in Toronto and they hired Jian to speak at it, because he wrote a book or something. He read from it. I left and vowed I would never waste $300 on a blogging conference again, unless it had bloggers speaking. I gotta tell you though, he had the ladies eating out of his hand. I’m sure that more than a dozen of those middle aged, cooking and scrapbooking bloggers would have gladly let him choke them out. I would have let him do it too, just so I wouldn’t have to sit through another minute of his diatribe.

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