Satire in the Age of Letters and Technology- more than just a pinch of it.
By: Muskan Bhatia
When Peter Parker said “With power comes great responsibility” he probably didn’t knew that someone named Mr. Strauss Kahn could exploit his immense power as an excuse to escape his notorious “sexcapades”. Granted a $1 million bail and home detention from a judge in New York, Mr. Kahn was accused of sexually molesting a hotel maid. This is not the first time for the managing director of International Monetary Fund. A Paris attorney who didn’t wanted to be named, specializes in defending victims of sexual violence, says he has “an entire pile of complaints” from women who say they were attacked by Strauss-Kahn. He is also popularly known as “skirt chaser” by some of the legal stalwarts across France. Social parliamentarian Aurelie Filipetti admitted that she suffered a “very heavy handed flirt” from the IMF chief and didn’t prefer to stay together with him in a closed room. Not only Mr. Kahn, there have been several instances around the world where powerful and influential personalities haven’t thought even once before committing sexual offences and surprisingly they have been acquitted with lenient punishments.
Top selling R&B artist R. Kelly has faced many charges for incidents involving young girls. In January 2003, Kelly faced twelve child pornography charges after police found pictures of a nude, underage girl. Some pictures showed Kelly having sex with her. The charges were dropped two months later when a judge ruled that detectives seized the pictures illegally. So is it normal for power crazy individuals to imagine to go away with anything? Does power bring with it the right to exploit lesser influential beings?
On one hand where this incident brought muck to the name of Mr. Kahn, it also hampered his chances to glory in the upcoming French Presidential elections where he bore strong chances. Nicholas Sarkozy won the ensuing 2007 election and expected a second run as well, though polls have been showing him as lagging behind Mr. Kahn. This was until his arrest because of his alleged sexual assault of a hotel maid in New York. News of his arrest at New York’s JFK Airport could have hardy come at a more critical moment. France’s Socialist Party, the main opposition party now holds a “primary” contest to pick a runner for the presidential race and candidates have to register soon. Strauss-Kahn was widely expected to declare his intentions by late June. However, French voters are tolerant of their leaders sex lives and their media tend to avoid such issues.
So now it’s left to see what lies in the future of Mr. Kahn, politically and socially. If the society accepts him with all the charges, his political future also would be bright. At the end of the day all lies in the hands of the people, the commons whether they want to forgive him with all his shameful offences or once again like many other celebrities let him go away with the crime.