Clarence Thomas' Wife Leaves Creepy Voicemail For Anita Hill
Three-day weekends are awesome, amiright? But sometimes you get back to the office on Tuesday and there's a voicemail from 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, and you're like, "Jesus, who does that? Why couldn't they just send an email? Or wait until they knew I'd be back in?" Butthen you listen to the voicemail and it's from the disgruntled wife of the guy who you accused of sexual harassment, twenty years ago, on national television. OK, now we're getting a little far afield from your personal experience, but the point is that on October 9 Virginia Thomas left a delightfully passive-aggressive message on Anita Hill's work voicemail, asking nicely if she maybe felt like apologizing for being so darn sexy that Virginia's hubby Clarence had no choice but to talk to her about porn and pubic hair and whatever other distasteful things happened, in the '80s.
Anita Hill is now some kind of fancy liberal law professor at Brandeis, so she was no doubt spending Columbus Day Weekend in contemplation of the destruction of indigenous cultures that Columbus wrought, as mandated by liberal academic law. Virginia Thomas is a real American patriot who runs an anti-Obama "grass roots" organization called "Liberty Central," so she should have been spending the weekend celebrating said destruction of indigenous cultures -- but instead she was moved by Jesus to leave the following message for Anita Hill:
Good morning Anita Hill, it’s Ginni Thomas. I just wanted to reach across the airwaves and the years and ask you to consider something. I would love you to consider an apology sometime and some full explanation of why you did what you did with my husband. So give it some thought. And certainly pray about this and hope that one day you will help us understand why you did what you did. O.K., have a good day.
Did Anita Hill have a good day, after hearing this message asking her to apologize for being sexually harassed and then complaining about it? Probably not! Instead, she forwarded the message to the campus police, and if there's any image more wonderful than some anxious Brandeis rent-a-cop showing up at Virginia Thomas' office and asking her politely to stop with the phone calls, we can't imagine it at the moment.
That is all that is "news" about this story (except maybe for the part where Anita Hill said that she is not, in fact, going to apologize), but it did offer the New York Times the opportunity to rehash some fun things the people involved in this story have said over the years. Like how Hill, noting in her book that Virginia Thomas once accused Hill of having a big crush on Clarence Thomas, said that "Virginia Thomas and I have never met ... and one can imagine that she is guided by her own romantic interest in her husband when she assumes that other women find him attractive as well." Ha ha, ouch!
Also, the Times reminds us that Clarence Thomas referred to the accusations against him during his confirmation hearings as a "high-tech lynching." Remember back in 1991, when something could be legitimately called "high-tech" because it happened on television? Now it'd need to have its own Tumblr or whatever. [NYT]