Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York, made a weird joke about #MeToo.
Jon Campbell, a reporter for USA Today, tweeted a 4-second video of Cuomo’s quip, writing Wednesday, “Andrew Cuomo Just had a semi-impromptu gaggle with reporters. It started with an aide asking us to move back a few steps to give him room. ‘I’ll bring you all up on charges under the Me Too movement,’ Cuomo said.”
Members of the media laughed uncomfortably at the joke.
Andrew Cuomo just had a semi-impromptu gaggle with reporters.
It started with an aide asking us to move back a few steps to give him room.
“I’ll bring you all up on charges under the Me Too movement,” Cuomo said. pic.twitter.com/fLe5ddnIyJ
— Jon Campbell (@JonCampbellGAN) January 9, 2019
Kathy Griffin tweeted, “Stop him. Unlike the gop, we have a much better history of weeding out our bad ones. Look it up before you @ me!”
Stop him. Unlike the gop, we have a much better history of weeding out our bad ones. Look it up before you @ me!
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) January 9, 2019
Why are they laughing? How is this funny?
— Krisztina Nagy (@Kickass_Kriszta) January 9, 2019
He must be taking comedy workshops from Louis C.K
— Lb (@WhatWilLisaCook) January 9, 2019
Survivors were really hoping it would become a punch line.
— Anne McCarthy (@AM_McCarthy) January 9, 2019
Apology in 5,4,3,2,1….
— SA Lebrun (@lebrunswife) January 9, 2019
According to the Cut, in 2017 a reporter asked the governor about a DMV worker who said she was sexually harassed by his former aide Sam Hoyt and received “hostility and indifference” when she reported it to Cuomo’s office.
And when a female reporter asked Cuomo about the charges against the aide, he became irritated and told her the question was a “disservice to women.”
Cuomo signed a sexual assault survivors’ bill of rights in New York this past December, offering information to victims regarding their legal rights and healthcare options.
“As the federal government shamefully ignores the voices of sexual assault survivors, New York is doing everything in our power to empower survivors and ensure they are treated with dignity and respect,” Cuomo said, according to the New York Daily News. “This legislation will support our work to combat the scourge of sexual harassment and assault, help deliver justice to survivors and make New York a safer state for all.”
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