(People) – New York actress Jordana Grolnick told Deadspin on Wednesday that she had posed for a photo with Bush when he came to see a theatre production of The Hunchback at Notre Dame, which she was also acting in. Grolnick posted a now-deleted Instagram of the moment.
Grolnick said she stood right next to him when she claims he grabbed her from behind while saying, “‘Do you want to know who my favorite magician is? David Cop-a-Feel!’”
George H. W. Bush has apologized again through a spokesman after a second actress accused the former president of groping her in 2016.
“At age 93, President Bush has been confined to a wheelchair for roughly five years, so his arm falls on the lower waist of people with whom he takes pictures,” read a statement from Bush’s office on Wednesday. “To try to put people at ease, the president routinely tells the same joke — and on occasion, he has patted women’s rears in what he intended to be a good-natured manner,” the statement continued. “Some have seen it as innocent; others clearly view it as inappropriate.”
“To anyone he has offended, President Bush apologizes most sincerely,” it concluded.
Listen, I’m not going to make light of sexual harassment/sexual assault. I used to work in colleges/universities, I’ve been through a lot of trainings and know how serious the issue is. But is anybody actually shocked by this news? H.W. is 93 fucking years old. 93! When he was born, there wasn’t even sliced bread and that’s the standard everyone uses for age!
I’m not saying that old people get a pass on sexual assault, but at 93, a person is pretty much back to being a child. They aren’t really sure what is going on and they don’t quite have the wherewithal to know that what they are doing is wrong/inappropriate. My life mentor and personal hero, Jerry Seinfeld, says it best:
I can’t imagine we’d come down this hard if a 5 year old did this. His mom would probably tell him that’s wrong, take away dessert, and send him to his room, which is exactly what Barbara should do with H.W.
H.W. has been revered for years so I don’t think it’s necessarily fair that we tarnish his reputation right near the end of his life. Hell, Hugh Hefner made a career out of objectifying and (more than likely) harassing/assaulting women and everyone just praised his business acumen! If we start coming down on every old person who tells an inappropriate joke, soon we won’t have any old people left to give us $5 for our report cards and that, my friends, is not a world I’d like to live in.
I’ll leave you with one more Seinfeld reference since everything in the world can be related back to that show.
P.S. David Cop-A-Feel is a sneaky funny joke. But maybe don’t do it to strangers.