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I would characterize Franken’s behavior as a Saturday Night Live skit gone too far. As a theater person, I have encountered lots of bawdy parody from Shakespeare to vaudeville and accepted it for what it is — a parody of human impulses. And directors, actors/actresses stage all sorts of behavior including raunchy kisses. It’s called ACTING, and if that’s what the part calls for you do it or decline the role.

Franken clearly went too far with the French kiss for which an apology was long overdue — but aside from the theatrical aspect — it was and is part and parcel of the prevailing cultural norm. Granted, these so-called norms have become increasingly shop-worn, at best, and criminal when played out in the extremes including rape and violence against women and/or children. But to nail Franken to the proverbial cross and treat him on the same par as Weinstein, Spacey or Trump when it appears to be a case of “actors fooling around backstage” is overplaying the hand.

If you disagree, please boycott Saturday Night Live and late-night comedy and talk shows. Otherwise, “the lady (or gentleman) doth protest too much, methink,” to quote Hamlet!

Genevieve Fraser


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