One day, [he] would be jovial and generous; the next, cold and dismissive.... [He] had a reputation for being thin-skinned: “He could have an auditorium full of people applauding him, but if he goes out into the hall and somebody says, ‘You suck,’ it eats him alive. He’s a narcissist, very self-involved.It's not actually a description of McRapey, but is part of the scandal about the man with whom McRapey was discussing me, former CBC broadcaster Jian Gomeshi. The similarities are more than a little creepy:
[T]here’s now concern that the [media platform] as a forum for socially and politically relevant topics—rape culture, queer-positive stories, trans stories, anti-racist stories—provided cover.... "It was obvious to many of us that he was strategically using that kind of sensitive, new-age guy, feminist guy. He was playing the role. He really, really needed a lot of attention."
At York, Ghomeshi “wanted to be the champion of women’s issues,” says Mitch Blass, a council vice-president. Ghomeshi’s election promises included increasing funding to the Women’s Centre. He spoke out in support of increased safety measures for women on campus, and co-founded a pro-choice network. Under him, YFS boycotted and published names of companies that have “ties to, or engage in racist, sexist, or homophobic activities.”When a man is excessively devoted to being a champion of women's issues, the odds are that he's either a) hiding something or b) trying to atone for his behavior. And if he's the sort of man that other, more masculine men instinctively despise, you can be almost certain that he is hiding major creep tendencies.
But then, as in more recent years, it could be hard to separate the politics from personal, less ennobled ambition. Ghomeshi could be a “shameless self-promoter,” says Chris Lawson, who was on staff with the Ontario Federation of Students during Ghomeshi’s presidency, and is now a communications officer with the Public Service Alliance of Canada.