Hollywood and other entertainment executives have formed a commission to take advantage of the industry's newfound ethics when it comes to sexual harassment. But the person they've named to head the effort has many doubting its seriousness.
Anita Hill's name first appeared on the public scene in 1991 when the University of Oklahoma law professor accused then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of private, inappropriate sexual conversations:
Hill: "On several occasions Thomas told me graphically of his own sexual prowess. Because I was extremely uncomfortable talking about sex with him at all, and particularly in such a graphic way, I told him that I did not want to talk about these subjects."
That was from a Senate investigation into the charges, which Thomas vehemently denied:
Thomas: "I think that this today is a travesty. It's a national disgrace. And from my standpoint as a black American, as far as I'm concerned, it is a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks."
Fast forward 26 years and Anita Hill has been named to chair Hollywood's Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace. Penny Nance of Concerned Women for America says Hill is a particularly bad choice.
"Anita Hill excused Bill Clinton's behavior and said that because that he was liberal on abortion policy that he should be forgiven or his behavior should be ignored," she recalls.
Nance says putting an abuse apologist at the head of the commission demonstrates that Hollywood – despite its claims to the contrary – hasn't really turned over a new leaf.
"When Hollywood, instead of actually owning their sin chooses to politicize the process, it renders the entire effort unserious," the CEO of Concerned Women tells OneNewsNow.
Nance says CWA looked into Anita Hill's allegations against Clarence Thomas at the time and found them unconvincing, in part because Hill was a lone voice among dozens of women who had worked closely with now-Supreme Court Justice Thomas – all of whom spoke glowingly about his character.