Jian Ghomeshi: Former Rockstar, CBC Radio Host, Kinkster-Wannabe?

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These days you can’t open up your newsfeeds without bumping into some sort of story about former Canadian radio God, Jian Ghomeshi.

But just in case you’ve been out of the country, off the grid, or haven’t cared because you’ve been focused on more pressing humanitarian issues that probably deserved your attention, here’s a quick recap.

Host of uber-popular radio show “Q”, Jian Ghomeshi, was fired from the CBC on Sunday and within 48 hours he had written a 1500-word open letter on Facebook about his alternative sexual practices and sued the CBC for $50-million. Oh and four women anonymously came forward (via an on-going investigation by the Toronto Star) alleging that Mr. Ghomeshi had beaten and/or choked them without their consent. Ah yes, therein lies the rub. He claimed he was practising consensual BDSM (Bondage and Discipline, Dominance and Submission, Sadism and Masochism). They all claim it came out of nowhere.

Here are some of the best stories we’ve bumped into with some varied angles that will add some interesting context to your understanding of this drama. Inform yourself as you please.

 

If you’re interested in the original story that broke on The Star:

CBC fires Jian Ghomeshi over sex allegations [The Toronto Star]

 

If you’re interested in the journalist who started the investigation:

Meet Jesse Brown, the man who broke the explosive allegation about Jian Ghomeshi [The Huffington Post]

 

If you’re interested in the legal loophole around BDSM and consent:

The Ghomeshi question: The law and consent [Globe and Mail]

 

If you’re interested in dissecting his Facebook message from a PR perspective:

The Public Relations backstory behind Jian Ghomeshi’s Facebook letter [Canada.com]

 

If you’re interested in a BDSM expert’s analysis:

Dear Jian Ghomeshi: Keep your abuse out of my kink [Jezebel]

 

If you’re interested in Lights’ open letter supporting her mentor, Jian:

Lights posts Jian Ghomeshi letter of support on Facebook [The Huffington Post]

 

If you’re interested in the CBC’s journalistic investigation (guess the gloves are off?), including radio interviews with other anonymous women who claim they had non-consensual, violent encounters with him:

We speak to a woman – anonymously – who claims she was hit by Jian Ghomeshi [CBC – As it Happens]

 

Newest story as of this evening (Wed. Oct 29) – four more women have come forward, making it eight women in total with some disturbing encounters:

Jian Ghomeshi: 8 women accuse former CBC host of violence, sexual abuse or harassment [The Toronto Star]

 

The part that was most bizarre with the last story in The Star, however, was this: “Two of the women who allege they were physically assaulted also say that before the alleged assaults in his home he introduced them to Big Ears Teddy, a stuffed bear, and he turned the bear around just before he slapped or choked them, saying that ‘Big Ears Teddy shouldn’t see this’.”

Of course, since this is the Internet where bad taste prevails, it seems someone decided to investigate whether @BigEarsTeddy existed on Twitter. And it does. The account has been growing by approximately  100 followers every 5 minutes. At the time of publishing this piece, it is at 1,802 followers.

Here’s the creepy part. The account has been around at least since April 2014. And here are some of its very first tweets:

Has potential evidence of these allegedly abusive patterns been right under our noses and fingertips all this time?

Former Canadian prime minister Pierre Trudeau once said “there’s no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation.” But in this digitally-connected, celebrity-obsessed age, this on-going story is the stuff of gossip-hungry dreams.

Once he was the king of Ceeb, but definitely get the sense that humble pie is calling out to him.

Photo from Jian Ghomeshi’s Facebook fan page.

I'm a journalist, producer and host who thought I would get into "traditional" broadcasting until the lusty call of the Internet drew me in. I've been fortunate enough to have launched 10 web series about a wide range of niches, like: Greek culture, Wines, India and Battlestar Galactica (BSGcast FTW!). But these days I love being one-half of Nat&Marie, exploring Internet Culture and dissecting how the web affects IRL and vice versa. Instagram's my vice and Technoviking is my home boy!
2 comments
karmacakedotca
karmacakedotca

Awesome compilation of articles, Nat! What is left to ask? Maybe all of this was a sexual thing for Jian - but, at what point exactly did Jian believe he obtained consent? How long did he believe he was going to be able to get away with this behaviour? I'm waiting for the psychiatric evaluation to come out next - can someone call Dr. Drew?