I only ever watched the Late Show during that period when Stephanie Birkitt was on the air a lot. I loved her. Neal made her a “Crush of the Week” on Nerve. (“Stephanie Birkitt, seems like she’d be the perfect girlfriend. She’s one of those people who seems exceedingly normal but is in fact deeply mischievous, totally game and most importantly, knows how to carry a joke way beyond its logical ending…”) Little did we know they were totally sleeping together! So my first reaction was: “Hot! I was so right about them being into each other!” My second was: “Wow, I thought Dave Letterman was asexual.” My third was, “That doesn’t seem like such a bad thing, his sleeping with people on his staff, because he’s so non-threatening, and by all accounts he was a good boyfriend (except to his actual girlfriend, of course).
But then this morning a friend of mine was like, “Sleeping with members of your staff always makes things weird for everyone who’s not sleeping with you.” The 90s were very much about raising awareness about sex harassment and zero tolerance for any sexy relationships between people in power and their underlings.
Now I don’t know. I’m having trouble feeling like this is a Very Bad Thing. But I totally know about hostile work environments. Is this just a total double standard? Andrea Peyser called for Letterman’s firing in the NY Post today. What do you think?
P.S. Was just channel surfing and saw this quote: “Sexual harassment on the job is not a problem for virtuous women.” — Phyllis Schlafly