Bethy Squires is a playwright and comedian living in Hollywood. She reviews SNL at Splitsider and rewatches The West Wing at Kheiro Magazine.
1 poem by Bethy Squires
i’ll flip this coin.
i’ll be back in 24 hours. up to you.
should i kill myself:
There's more I want to say, but the first and most important thing—and if it's the only thing you care to hear, that's fine—is:
The power I had over these women is that they admired me
It is essential that these women know
The fact that I was widely admired in my and their community
Without the support of all of you — my fans — I would never have a forum in which to expound on this
I came of age in the ‘60s and ‘70s,
Sharing the joys of Italian food, tradition and hospitality
I never showed a woman my dick without asking first,
It was clearly intended to be funny
That was the culture then
What I did was okay because
I want a second chance in the community
I have learned a great deal as a result of these events, and I hope others will too
I choose now to live as a gay man
I am filled with compassion, morals, strong beliefs and love
I have loved and had romantic encounters
I was pursuing shared feelings
I honestly do not remember the encounter
I do not believe that all of these allegations are accurate
One year ago, I began organizing a $5 million foundation to give scholarships to women directors at USC
I respect women
And, what's more, I can see how millions of other women would feel
These women who admired me
You really tried. Thank you
And I've tried to learn from them. And run from them
I wish I had reacted to their admiration of me
By being a good example to them as a man and given them some guidance
My journey now will be to learn about myself
The abused will become the abuser if you don’t seek help now.
I want to help
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This poem is a collaboration between me the disgraced men of 2017. Each line is taken from the official apologies of Kevin Spacey, Louis CK, Dustin Marshall, Al Franken, Mario Batali, and Charlie Rose.