"Do you know about Jian?"
"And the phrase, 'Big Ears Teddy' enters the Canadian lexicon. It's the only droll note in this messy story," recognizes journalist Micheline Maynard of the Jian Ghomeshi scandal, which has gone from bad to worse in the past 24 hours. Maynard is of course referring to the handle of this anonymous Twitter account, which has been railing against Ghomeshi's alleged misdeeds for some time under the name "Sidnie Georgina," unnoticed until now. "Wake me up, please," pleads Globe and Mail's Cathal Kelly, who then explains, "This @bigearsteddy account has been tweeting about Jian Ghomeshi since April."
Even more significantly, however, eight women now accuse the former CBC host of violence, sexual abuse or harassment, including actress Lucy DeCoutere, who has come forward with details of her alleged assault. CTV's Scott Reid concludes, "From this, there is no return. Brave of Lucy DeCoutere to put her name forward." CBC staffers themselves speak to a woman -- anonymously -- who claims she was hit by Ghomeshi. "Despite threat of a $55 million lawsuit CBC courageously pursues the #JianGhomeshii story with shocking intv," details Mark Hume, also with the Globe and Mail. On The Stranger's "Slog," read interviews with two women who dated him. Former Orillia Packet and Times reporter "Meandering Miranda" notes, "Of course @fakedansavage gets the whole #gomeshigate right. Thoughtful and interesting..."
And inspiring the header of this post, Melissa Martin of the Winnipeg Free Press pens a haunting post titled, "do you know about jian?" in which Martin sifts through the "million tiny red flags that quietly added up." After reading, Globe and Mail's Hannah Sung adds, "And to the other brave women, you don't need to tell us your names: 'God, we ask so much of victims.'"