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More than 30 former SNL staff members release statement supporting Al Franken

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MINNEAPOLIS — A group of women who worked alongside Al Franken on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” have signed a statement of support for the Minnesota senator.

The women, mainly former SNL staff members, including past performers Jane Curtin and Laraine Newman, said they “feel compelled to stand up” for the senator after working with him over the years on the TV show.

Last week, broadcaster Leeann Tweeden accused Franken, a Democrat, of forcibly kissing her during a USO tour in 2006. Another woman says he placed his hand on her buttocks while posing for a photo at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010.



“What Al did was stupid and foolish, and we think it was appropriate for him to apologize to Ms. Tweeden, and to the public,” the statement read. But, the women also said that in “our experience, we know Al as a devoted and dedicated family man, a wonderful comedic performer, and an honorable public servant.” Also, none of the women listed on the statement said they experienced any inappropriate behavior from Franken.

In all, 36 women signed the SNL statement supporting Franken, most of whom have been behind-the-scenes staff. None of the current cast members had signed the statement.
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handy0318
by Silver Member on Nov. 22, 2017 at 12:24 AM
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So as long as a sexual abuser isn't inappropriate with all women, it's OK to ignore the times he's inappropriate with the few that he abuses?

broboxer
by Platinum Member on Nov. 22, 2017 at 5:34 AM
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Typical, let’s not hold him responsible for his actions.
susannah2000
by Silver Member on Nov. 22, 2017 at 6:01 AM
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Quoting handy0318:

So as long as a sexual abuser isn't inappropriate with all women, it's OK to ignore the times he's inappropriate with the few that he abuses?

He has only been ACCUSED of being inappropriate. Accusations without proof or any legal procedure are merely accusations. Why doesn't "innocent until PROVEN guilty" apply anymore? All of you who are firing up the torches and pitchforks for everyone accused of wrongdoing best hope no one ever accuses YOU of anything.

eviesmom453
by Bronze Member on Nov. 22, 2017 at 6:05 AM
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I totally agree! This is America, you're supposed to be innocent until proven guilty.

Quoting susannah2000:

Quoting handy0318:

So as long as a sexual abuser isn't inappropriate with all women, it's OK to ignore the times he's inappropriate with the few that he abuses?

He has only been ACCUSED of being inappropriate. Accusations without proof or any legal procedure are merely accusations. Why doesn't "innocent until PROVEN guilty" apply anymore? All of you who are firing up the torches and pitchforks for everyone accused of wrongdoing best hope no one ever accuses YOU of anything.

billsfan1104
by Emerald Member on Nov. 22, 2017 at 6:07 AM
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Are you affording that same statement to Roy Moore or Trump?
Franken hasn’t been just accused, he admitted it


Quoting susannah2000:

Quoting handy0318:

So as long as a sexual abuser isn't inappropriate with all women, it's OK to ignore the times he's inappropriate with the few that he abuses?

He has only been ACCUSED of being inappropriate. Accusations without proof or any legal procedure are merely accusations. Why doesn't "innocent until PROVEN guilty" apply anymore? All of you who are firing up the torches and pitchforks for everyone accused of wrongdoing best hope no one ever accuses YOU of anything.

billsfan1104
by Emerald Member on Nov. 22, 2017 at 6:08 AM
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When you give the same “innocent until proven guilty” line for Trump and Moore or any republican, then get back to me

Quoting eviesmom453: I totally agree! This is America, you're supposed to be innocent until proven guilty.

Quoting susannah2000:

Quoting handy0318:

So as long as a sexual abuser isn't inappropriate with all women, it's OK to ignore the times he's inappropriate with the few that he abuses?

He has only been ACCUSED of being inappropriate. Accusations without proof or any legal procedure are merely accusations. Why doesn't "innocent until PROVEN guilty" apply anymore? All of you who are firing up the torches and pitchforks for everyone accused of wrongdoing best hope no one ever accuses YOU of anything.

eviesmom453
by Bronze Member on Nov. 22, 2017 at 6:09 AM
I say that about EVERYONE.

Quoting billsfan1104: When you give the same “innocent until proven guilty” line for Trump and Moore or any republican, then get back to me

Quoting eviesmom453: I totally agree! This is America, you're supposed to be innocent until proven guilty.

Quoting susannah2000:

Quoting handy0318:

So as long as a sexual abuser isn't inappropriate with all women, it's OK to ignore the times he's inappropriate with the few that he abuses?

He has only been ACCUSED of being inappropriate. Accusations without proof or any legal procedure are merely accusations. Why doesn't "innocent until PROVEN guilty" apply anymore? All of you who are firing up the torches and pitchforks for everyone accused of wrongdoing best hope no one ever accuses YOU of anything.

Debmomto2teens
by Ruby Member on Nov. 22, 2017 at 6:49 AM
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And here we go.. somehow we gotta save Trump.
niceandhappy
by Silver Member on Nov. 22, 2017 at 7:33 AM
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Definition of a liberal "feminist". Blame the victim when it's a democrat doing the harrassment. Got it!

Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Nov. 22, 2017 at 7:37 AM
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Quoting susannah2000:


Quoting handy0318:

So as long as a sexual abuser isn't inappropriate with all women, it's OK to ignore the times he's inappropriate with the few that he abuses?

He has only been ACCUSED of being inappropriate. Accusations without proof or any legal procedure are merely accusations. Why doesn't "innocent until PROVEN guilty" apply anymore? All of you who are firing up the torches and pitchforks for everyone accused of wrongdoing best hope no one ever accuses YOU of anything.

The fact that he immediately admitted to it -affect your opinion at all?

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