Perp Walk Politics: The Downsides of the Blue Carpet

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Pacific Standard


Few experiences in life are more satisfying than watching our enemies suffer the indignity of a good public shaming. The general public proved as much on May 25th, when Harvey Weinstein's much-anticipated perp walk took him on a carefully staged promenade across "the blue carpet," stretching from the New York Police Department's First Precinct to the ubiquitous curbside SUV. Police announced later that day that Weinstein "was arrested, processed and charged with rape, criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct for incidents involving two separate women," according to an NYPD statement. Finally, people exclaimed, justice will be served.


Article is written by James McWilliams with commentary by Prof. Palma Paciocco.