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    Well, this is the most critical and seriously detailed article I saw yet; newspaper articles here are much more subdued and mentioned less material.
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    And here I thought that Domingo only held second place to Pinza's gold statuette. Live and learn.

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    Hey, not to excuse him, but why not go back 50 or 60 years? How about in a former incarnation?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Larkenfield View Post
    Hey, not to excuse him, but why not go back 50 or 60 years? How about in a former incarnation?
    It wouldn't matter. The behavior referenced in the article would have been unacceptable 60 years ago, too.

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    Anyone now looking to dump their Placido Domingo recordings can send me a private message.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WildThing View Post
    Anyone now looking to dump their Placido Domingo recordings can send me a private message.
    I don't have many to dump - I've never been a fan. I think that Tannhauser is the only Domingo recording I've kept.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Larkenfield View Post
    Hey, not to excuse him, but why not go back 50 or 60 years? How about in a former incarnation?
    What former incarnation? Don Giovanni?

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    I could not help but chuckle at the headline I saw on Dutch TV (translated here in English).

    Placido Domingo accused of sexual misconduct - who is he exactly?
    Allüberall und ewig blauen licht die Fernen! Ewig ... ewig ...

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    I had heard he was quite ladies man and obviously has taken advantage of his position if these allegations are true.

    His response tell me they may be as he is using the well worn excuse that 50 years ago standards were different.

    Im surprised that he would need to co-erce and intimidate any women in his prime since he is obviously quite a heart throb and I would have thought he would have had no trouble getting what he wants.

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    We like to pretend that this was all acceptable x number of years ago. It wasn't. It never has been. Decent people have always recognized how sleazy it is - but there was in those days a critical mass of people willing to cover it up. If it were acceptable then, these men would not have tried to keep it quiet. While there is certainly an opportunity for this to go too far, and for people to be falsely accused, the egregiousness of this type of behavior, so long unpunished, allows perhaps a certain degree of backlash now that should be tolerated. By all means, he should be able to state his case, give his rebuttal. But if it turns out he did this, then his station in life should have no bearing. We are passed the days when people like Roman Polanski - a fugitive on the run to avoid jail time for sexually violating a teenage girl - get awards and people applaud them, and justify their evils because of some notion of their artistic contributions washing away those sins.

    Sadly, this kind of predatory sexual activity is being exposed as all too common, not in any particular group, but rather in men who reach a certain level of power in whatever field they find themselves in. I hope any who have done this and have thus far gotten away with it are currently crapping their pants. It's time for them to experience the fear for a change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stomanek View Post
    Im surprised that he would need to co-erce and intimidate any women in his prime since he is obviously quite a heart throb and I would have thought he would have had no trouble getting what he wants.
    You're surprised the women were resistant to his unwanted slobbery kisses and groping, trying to catch them naked in their dressing rooms, and all around flagrant impropriety? You hopefully realize most professional women don't view that as irresistible heart throb behavior...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Minor Sixthist View Post
    You're surprised the women were resistant to his unwanted slobbery kisses and groping, trying to catch them naked in their dressing rooms, and all around flagrant impropriety? I don't know, most professional women don't view that as very heart throb behavior...
    Agreed - for some reason people think that because we judge a man to be particularly attractive and/or powerful, that the average woman swoons at his sight and will gladly yield to his every desire. How else have these guys gotten away with it? This isn't the animal kingdom. Women don't yield themselves to the alpha male who defeats all others and then overpowers her. We work on a system of voluntary partnering - anything other than voluntary falls under the category of sexual assault.

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    He's just a method actor. He was getting into character as Scarpia, Don G, Pinkerton, Almaviva and the Duke of Mantua.

    Man, this list is pretty long already and I'm sure I'm missing a bunch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrMike View Post
    Agreed - for some reason people think that because we judge a man to be particularly attractive and/or powerful, that the average woman swoons at his sight and will gladly yield to his every desire. How else have these guys gotten away with it? This isn't the animal kingdom. Women don't yield themselves to the alpha male who defeats all others and then overpowers her. We work on a system of voluntary partnering - anything other than voluntary falls under the category of sexual assault.
    Yup. It's must be kind of like a fantasy some men have, a fantasy of what they believe is a woman's fantasy. It's insulting and embarrassing that anyone thinks the victims of actual harassment find sordid and nasty behavior attractive, unless of course the harassment went far enough to give them Stockholm Syndrome. I wish it didn't come as a surprise to some: yes, plenty of women out there would actually just like to carry on doing their jobs.

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