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Harlan Ellison issues a public apology.

Would you believe that, having left the Hugo ceremonies immediately after my part in it, while it was still in progress ... and having left the hall entirely ... yet having been around later that night for Kieth Kato's traditional chili party ... and having taken off next morning for return home ... and not having the internet facility to open "journalfen" (or whatever it is), I was unaware of any problem proceeding from my intendedly-childlike grabbing of Connie Willis's left breast, as she was exhorting me to behave.

Nonetheless, despite my only becoming aware of this brouhaha right this moment (12 noon LA time, Tuesday the 29th), three days after the digital spasm that seems to be in uproar ...YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT!!!

IT IS UNCONSCIONABLE FOR A MAN TO GRAB A WOMAN'S BREAST WITHOUT HER EXPLICIT PERMISSION. To do otherwise is to go 'way over the line in terms of invasion of someone's personal space. It is crude behavior at best, and actionable behavior at worst. When George W. Bush massaged the back of the neck of that female foreign dignitary, we were all justly appalled. For me to grab Connie's breast is in excusable, indefensible, gauche, and properly offensive to any observers or those who heard of it later.

I agree wholeheartedly.

I've called Connie. Haven't heard back from her yet. Maybe I never will.

So. What now, folks? It's not as if I haven't been a politically incorrect creature in the past. But apparently, Lynne, my 72 years of indefensible, gauche (yet for the most part classy), horrifying, jaw-dropping, sophomoric, sometimes imbecile behavior hasn't--till now--reached your level of outrage.

I'm glad, at last, to have transcended your expectations. I stand naked and defenseless before your absolutely correct chiding.

With genuine thanks for the post, and celestial affection, I remain, puckishly,

Yr. pal, Harlan

P.S. You have my permission to repost this reply anywhere you choose, on journalfen, at SFWA, on every blog in the universe, and even as graffiti on the Great Wall of China.


If Scalzi had done something like that? Dude, he's mine and I love him.

But you shoot your own dog.

The fact of the matter is that Ellison assaulted at least two women at Worldcon. One is a friend of mine; one is a writer that I respect and have never had an unpleasant interaction with.

I am so within my rights to disapprove that it's not funny.
When I say "mine" above, I mean, of course, my friend. *g* It occurs to me that other people may not know my verbal shorthand.
Not trying to start any Scalzi rumours, just needed a name. I guess I'm just trying to figure out what should be considered an "assault". As I said, I was not there.

And it's probably a good thing Isaac Asimov is dead. He had a reputation for regularly feeling up women at conventions. I know one fellow that Asimov got by mistake in a crowded elevator.

I don't think John would ever do something like that (for some odd reason, women (and men, and small children) tend to run up to John and hug *him*.) but if he did, I would pillory him.

And that's actually what this is. A good old-fashioned New England pillorying.
I don't think John would ever do something like that (for some odd reason, women (and men, and small children) tend to run up to John and hug *him*.) but if he did, I would pillory him.

Oh, things like his entry on "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai" in the Rough Guide to SF Films. I liked bits of his blog, I enjoyed "Old Man's War", but his "Buckaroo Banzai" comments made me consider proposing marriage. Of course, both of us are married with kids, so it was only a brief fantasy....