Whenever a new story about alleged sexual misconduct breaks, it becomes an Internet frenzy. It seems like sometimes folks are shocked by the allegations, especially if the accused was a personal friend or a favorite artist of theirs; other times, things that were widely known “industry secrets” finally hit mainstream media. Either way, with each new story also comes an outpouring of opinions, support for the accusers, and other general reactions to the news. In the case of Matt Lauer’s recent firing from NBC News due to alleged “inappropriate sexual behavior,” folks seem to be wondering one simple question: What does Ann Curry think?
Twitter rounded up reactions to the breaking news in a moment on Wednesday morning, and it seems that, though the situation is definitely a serious one, it’s still fodder for memes (isn’t everything?). The Twitter Moment noted, “Former Today Show co-hosts Ann Curry and Matt Lauer famously had a contentious relationship, and Lauer has been seen as responsible for her tearful ousting from the show in 2012. Since news broke of Lauer’s firing for sexual misconduct allegations, ‘Somewhere Ann Curry’ is trending.” It’s true — the phrase has been trending since news of Lauer’s firing, right up there with “Matt Lauer” and “Today Show.”
While many folks were having fun imagining a vindictive Ann Curry, others, like Ana Navarro, pointed out the disparity between standards being held for those accused of sexual assault and harassment in the entertainment industry versus those in politics.
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