The headline of a Fox411 celebrity interview with Carrie Fisher announced that she has undergone electric shock treatments for her depression. The story wasn't much of a blockbuster confession, but the interview continues with some truly interesting revelations:
FOX411: You went on a blind date with Chris Dodd and then had a double date with Ted Kennedy?
Fisher: The first part of the evening [Kennedy] was what he was, which was a prince, a brilliant man, a great ambassador of good will. But then he relaxed. Look everybody is going to have a little side to them lurking somewhere, and I was the likely victim I think. I was fresh bait.
FOX411: And he asked you...
Fisher: If I was going to have sex with Chris. I said, 'No, not tonight. I've just gotten sober recently,' and I don't even know what I said. What I did was I out-answered his inappropriate questions. If the question was inappropriate the answer was worse and that's what we got into. That's what he was like and that aspect of him is partly what made him great. He never gave up. He was going to take control of that evening or establish that he could if he wanted to and I was newly sober and super alert.
The story that Ted Kennedy was a lecher is not news, and I don't want necessarily to condemn Kennedy's behavior based on the limited evidence we have. Perhaps it was all in good fun. Before we became hyper-sensitized to sexual harassment, this kind of sexual jousting passed as normal -- perhaps not to everyone's taste, but not grounds to call 911. Compare this however to the handwringing over Herman Cain. Or imagine if such a story came out about Ronald Reagan forcing a woman to respond to a series of "inappropriate questions." No Republican would be called a "prince" with "a little side to them lurking somewhere," and the story definitely would not be buried in a celebrity interview.