In his Jan. 2 op-ed, “ ‘I, Tonya’ and you, too,” Michael Gerson tried to fit Tonya Harding, of all people, into the #MeToo narrative. The “new” Ms. Harding is yet another victim, a woman of “strength and excellence” who was brought down by “abusive fools.”
To make the new Harding narrative fit, Mr. Gerson ignored some facts. I “honestly [did] not remember if Harding was innocent or guilty,” he wrote. He accepted Ms. Harding’s dodge that “there is no such thing as truth. Everyone has their own truth.” We all, he said, “see truth from our own angle.” Unwritten was the message that victimhood trumps truth.
Many criminals are the product of cruel parents. Before we promote Ms. Harding to victimhood, a now-cherished position in our culture, we should look closer than Mr. Gerson did. The evidence to connect Ms. Harding with the assault on Nancy Kerrigan was detailed in the documentary “The Price of Gold.” In the end, she pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice, gave up her membership in both the U.S. Figure Skating Association and the U.S. figure skating team at a time when she was the reigning U.S. champion, was fined $100,000 and was ordered to perform 500 hours of community service. Quite a price for merely getting involved in someone else’s “foolishness.”
In his effort to make Ms. Harding the victim, Mr. Gerson gave us mashed potatoes posing as meat. Nice try, but I find it hard to swallow.
Ronald L. Webne, Alexandria