Former CEO of Penguin Canada, David Davidar, lost his job earlier this month for having a "consensual flirtatious" relationship, over a period of years with his female colleague, who is suing Penguin for half a million dollars. Davidar is "Indian-born", which is an awfully important point. I know this because every article mentions the fact of his place of birth.
Meanwhile, down-under, we are witness to the harsh treatment, the gross over-reaction to David Jones former CEO, Mark McInnes, going in for a grope and a pash with one of the DJs marketing ladies.
McInnes has been described by one and all as charming, flirtatious, appreciative of the female form, funny, charismatic and fond of beauty.
I have no idea where he was born, but McInnes is so seriously fabulous that, allegedly, many young women working in DJs were not at all offended by his advances, gleefully having sex with him in exchange for Louis Vuitton handbags and other sundry gifts.
And who wouldn't?
What a great guy!
That's not the half of it!
Appreciates the female form!
But the official story is that his school-boy grope and pash attempt was a one-off.
Never happened before.
Well, all except the first time he went for the grope of the same young women a couple weeks prior to the second time he gave it a shot.
His failing, his great disgrace, was nothing more or less than the embarrassing problem encountered by all rich and powerful men from time to time.
As stated by a friend of the former CEO: "He totally misread her signals and he realizes that is no excuse, he gets that".
His pregnant girlfriend must be so relieved that it was just a matter of poor communications.
The partner of the women who was groped must also feel less violent about the whole thing, quite sanguine, I'm sure.
Hell's bells, any guy can, and does, misread signals.
As one journalist so helpfully positioned the situation: McInnes succumbed to temptation.
I assume he succumbed much in the manner that one succumbs to massive injuries received in a car accident. The best medical help available couldn't possibly have saved him.
In further defense of McInnes, an industry source said: "He was always quite well known for being one to like the models. Not a creep, but certainly was fond of a beauty."
As are we all, and none of us are creepy either.
DJs chief's roving eye settled on more than one