Fintan O’Toole: Key questions Ryan Tubridy didn’t ask Richard Branson
Tubridy interview with Branson avoided issue of ‘fun’ manhandling of women
Richard Branson: while his behaviour is open and public and there is no suggestion he seeks to bully women, it does create images of beautiful young women in a working environment being bodily manhandled. Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters
Sometimes, it is the silences that are most eloquent, the unasked questions that provide the most interesting answers.
Richard Branson was interviewed by Ryan Tubridy on RTÉ radio last week for nearly half an hour. The news headlines that preceded the show featured the latest revelations about Harvey Weinstein’s career of sexual harassment. Even more pertinently, Tubridy had been talking about Monica Lewinsky’s anti-bullying campaign while Branson was waiting to go live. He urged all parents to show their kids a video Lewinsky has made on the subject.