Canadian radio host Jian Ghomeshi has found himself embroiled in a nasty sex scandal that broke out over the weekend and only seems to be getting going. Ghomeshi, the long-time host of the popular radio program Q, was suddenly fired by his employers at the CBC after they received “information” on the broadcaster. Wanting to get ahead of the story, Ghomeshi announced he’d be suing the CBC for $50 million, and then took to his Facebook page to publish a long explanation that revealed he’s engaged in risky sexual acts that have always been consensual and that this was the result of a smear campaign. The Toronto Star published a lengthy gut punch of a story today that suggests otherwise.
It is not our job to speculate whether Ghomeshi did the things he is alleged of doing. If he is guilty, then he’ll probably get what’s coming to him. Either way, his life is irrevocably changed. But what we would like to do is use these recent events–terrible as they might be–to revisit a classic Ghomeshi moment to help you get better acquainted with a man you might be reading about for the next little while.
Five years ago, Billy Bob Thornton and his band The Boxmasters appeared on Q while they were in Toronto for a concert. Ghomeshi introduced Thornton by referencing his movie career, which incensed Thornton, who only wanted to talk about his music. What followed was a masterpiece of awkwardness that remains transfixing to this day.