Monday, December 16, 2019

2020 Challenger Lineup: Michael Bloomberg

[TRIGGER WARNING: SEXUAL HARASSMENT, SEXUAL ASSAULT, RAPE]

Really? We're really back here? I really have to write up another one of these because yet another entitled rich dude was like "oh fuck looks like the American people are getting it wrong, I'd better go buy the country and set it right"?

Look, you already know I'm giving Michael Bloomberg an F for being a white male billionaire with the kind of audacity unique to white male billionaires that allows him to think it's at all a good idea to enter this race this late when much of the sentiment has been "billionaires have too much money." But let's take a look at some of his worst behavior just for the sake of having a decent length of a blog post. Actually, let's just look at his sexism, because that's enough.

Michael Bloomberg Is the He, Too, Candidate

Nice headline, Slate. Respect.

So in the year 2000, Bloomberg settled a sexual harassment lawsuit that contained complaints such as:

- Bloomberg asked the woman who sued if she was giving her boyfriend "good" oral sex. 
- He said "I'd like to do that" and "That's a great piece of a--" to describe women in the office. 
- When he found out the woman was pregnant, he told her "Kill it!" and said "Great! Number 16!" - an apparent reference to the number of women in the company who were pregnant or had maternity-related status. 

That last one is just fucking weird. But it keeps going.

Comments attributed in the suit to Bloomberg include: "I'd f--- that in a second," "I'd like to do that," and "That's a great piece of a--." 
Once, according to the suit, Bloomberg pointed out a young female employee and told Garrison, "If you looked like that, I would do you in a second."
The suit also accused Bloomberg of referring to Mexican clients as "jumping beans" and saying of another female colleague who was having trouble finding a nanny that "all you need is some black who doesn't even have to speak English to rescue it from a burning building."

The fuck does that even mean? I know I said I'd limit it to sexism but racism and sexism constantly overlap, you know. Anyway:

The individual said Bloomberg admitted in a deposition, which never was made public, that he had said the words "I'd do her" about Garrison and other women.

Aside from the lawsuit, Bloomberg has a long history of proudly being a sexist creep.

The public got a glimpse of this in 2003, when he told a pair of disc jockeys on a radio program that he would "really want to have" actress-singer Jennifer Lopez.
...
"I like theater, dining and chasing women," he once told a reporter. "Let me put it this way: I am a single, straight billionaire in Manhattan. What do you think? It's a wet dream."

Good god no.

In his 1997 autobiography, he boasted of keeping "a girlfriend in every city" during his years as a young Wall Street up-and-comer in the 1960s and 1970s. 
A less-restrained Bloomberg was also portrayed in a book of quips, quotes and anecdotes attributed to him and put together by employees for a birthday present in 1990. It contains such statements as: "If women wanted to be appreciated for their brains, they'd go to the library instead of to Bloomingdale's." 
Or, as he is quoted as saying about his invention, the Bloomberg computer terminal that made him rich, "It will do everything, including give you (oral sex). I guess that puts a lot of you girls out of business."

That is all from one article published in 2007. All those quotes. All of them in this blog post so far. There are even more and worse details in the Slate article.

We already have an entitled white male sexual predator and (maybe) billionaire in the White House. We don't need a new one who will pretend to care about women while really not doing anything at all for us and probably pushing policy that will hurt most of us in the end.

Fuck you, Bloomberg, drop the fuck out.

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