The recent announcement that Netflix will be "indefinitely suspending" production of House of Cards, means that a fictional president is being held to a higher moral standard than the actual sitting president.
With Kevin Spacey now facing multiple allegations of sexual harassment, Frank Underwood, the fictional president portrayed by the 58 year-old actor, has effectively been removed from office after being instantly found guilty in the court of public opinion. The trial was fast, and as of now, the charges against him are based solely on hearsay.
There is no smoking gun...no damning evidence.
Yet just over a year ago, the man who would become the 45th President of the United States of America admitted engaging in the type behavior that Spacey is merely accused of exhibiting. In the now infamous Access Hollywood "hot mic" recording, Trump explained to Billy Bush how he tried to push himself onto Bush's co-host Nancy O'Dell.
I moved on her, and I failed. I'll admit it.
I did try and fuck her. She was married.
And I moved on her very heavily. In fact, I took her out furniture shopping. She wanted to get some furniture. I said, "I'll show you where they have some nice furniture." I took her out furniture—I moved on her like a bitch. But I couldn't get there. And she was married. Then all of a sudden I see her, she's now got the big phony tits and everything. She's totally changed her look.
And then, to reinforce that this was a consistent pattern of behavior, Trump explained how he was preparing to meet Arianne Zucker, the actress they were meeting to shoot their segment.
"I better use some Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her. You know I'm automatically attracted to beautiful—I just start kissing them. It's like a magnet. Just kiss. I don't even wait. And when you're a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.
Grab 'em by the pussy. You can do anything."
Even today, the White House is still forced to field questions about the sexual harassment charges being levied against President Trump by no fewer than sixteen different women.
But unlike America, which meekly allowed an admitted sexual predator to assume the presidency almost ten months ago, Netflix had the courage to impeach their fictional president less than two days after the accusations against him were made public.