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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.

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It really doesn't matter whether or not you hate him. In fact, unless I'm misreading drastically, that's exactly what juliansinger is talking about. This is not about Mr. Ellison as an individual and whether he personally is worthy of hate or not. This is about this kind of behavior not being acceptable and what is to be done about it when people engage in that kind of behavior, not about totting up all the good and bad that the people have done in their long lives and then coming up with an overall opinion on them, or whatever. I don't care whether Mr. Ellison is compelled to grope people because, tragically, he suffers from McGroperson's Syndrome. If he is compelled to grope people, he should not be on stage at conventions, in the same way that Tourette's Syndrome sufferers are rarely successful newscasters. Their guilt or personalities or whatever are irrelevant. Their behavior is inappropriate and that's what needs to stop.
It really doesn't matter whether or not you hate him.

Er, thanks.

Their behavior is inappropriate and that's what needs to stop.

I agree.