Or as T. Burke herself said: the spread of salacious stories about the rich and powerful has overtaken MeToo, and its media coverage is in essence a form of porn. People read them for titillation.
How much of #MeToo is a product of American culture? It has scandal. It has outrage. It has righteous anger. It has the humiliation of the rich and powerful. It has everything that makes a great American narrative.
I was just reading about how #MeToo hasn't really caught on in France the way it has in the US... and I had trouble explaining it when I was in Mexico. There are offshoots of it in France and other countries, but I think this is an American phenomenon. Americans have always had difficulty understanding that their cultural understandings don't always translate.
Blanche Gardin expresses this pretty well.