update re: jian and toronto.
thank you for patiently standing by while i figured out what to do about this situation with jian ghomeshi, who i invited months ago to be my on-stage interview guest in toronto as i tour the book.
to those of you who have engaged in the conversation in a thoughtful, compassionate, calm way, i hug you. thank you.
to those of you who have stepped up and shared – on on my blog and on facebook – your own stories and feelings about sexual abuse and consent, i hug you even tighter.
and to those of you who are seeing yourselves and your own experiences reflected in these women coming forward: i hug you the tightest.
listen: i am a woman who has spent a lifetime struggling to be believed myself – for so many reasons. and i am so happy to see a conversation about women and consent taking center stage right now. it means that we are moving forwards.
i am *not* happy to see people flinging insults, using violent language and wishing harm on others. when that happens, it means that we are moving backwards.
i have spent the last few days, doing my best amidst all-day rehearsals for a musical that opens on wednesday, to read and follow all of the stories that are coming out. thank you to everyone for sharing forward all of the articles and content, you’ve helped me. the story is incredibly, incredibly sad.
given everything i’ve learned, and especially given how upsetting it would be to so many, jian will not be coming to the show in toronto.
i’ll see many of you soon, the tour starts in about a week.
meanwhile: may we all hold the space – in the physical world and on the internet – to take care of each other. we’re in this one together, friends. please don’t forget that.