It is interesting that despite the statement of Plácido Domingo - until his biographer and friend Rubén Amón recognizes that "he has contributed to the akelarre justifying his promiscuous behavior in the context of a different culture and time" - there has been an almost consensus in public opinion in defend the Spanish tenor. Even Karmele Marchante has reduced the "harassment" to which the complainants alluded to overconfidence of a clumsy (or not) seducer. "Hypothetically, he allegedly flirted, for calling him somehow, because I don't want any complaint, with many women," said the journalist in Public Mirror. It has been almost the only one. For the rest, despite the cancellations in the US and the investigation that the Los Angeles Opera has launched, almost all of her companions on the stage have supported Domingo. From Ainhoa Arteta to Nino Machaidze, with whom he will perform on Sunday in Salzburg.
It is difficult to explain the context so that the support for the singer has been so unanimous. Remember the criticisms raised by the French who signed the manifesto in response to #metoo. «Rape is a crime. But insistent or clumsy flirting is not a crime, nor is gallantry a macho aggression. Many then labeled Catherine Deneuve and Catherine Millet (to name some of the more than 100 signatories) as traitors to the feminist cause. Obviously a pig is not the same (and of course I do not say that Domingo is) than a criminal.
Arcadi Espada offered in this same newspaper another angle. "Some men use power to get sex. Some women use sex to get power." In that sense, many examples are known and not even women - with the excuse of what they call sorority - are deprived of commenting on the prominence (or promotion) of the supposed lover of the boss or the favorite (ahem) on duty. Even the most feminist fall into the curse of what it is for some, using the disgusting terminology of business schools, simple networking . (Very different from sexworking ).
So why Placido Domingo's defense has been so unanimous. Of course, in addition to the fragility of the accusations (despite the clumsy statement of the singer) there is some reaction to the methodoment hysteria that has benefited the tenor. The other side is that the return of the pendulum will leave other victims of abuse unprotected. Obviously, the perpetrators will hunt the witch hunt ...
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