How does he keep getting away with it? Why is America so ready to forget? The answer, I fear, lies in something DeRogatis said to Hopper when she interviewed him: “Nobody matters less to our society than young black women. Nobody. They have any complaint about the way they are treated: They are ‘bitches, hos, and gold-diggers,’ plain and simple. Kelly never misbehaved with a single white girl who sued him or that we know of.”
Kelly might be cynical, calculating, and terrifying, but he’s not stupid. He picked his targets well. He’s built a career on betting that the American public will forgive and forget, or pretend not to know. He’s betting on the basest instincts of our society. And he’s winning. Again.