I think the DJ Grothe thing has run its course. DJ issued a lengthy apology to Rebecca Watson on Skepchick. The apology has some good things in it, DJ has said some of the proper, need-to-be-said things. But as has been pointed out by both Rebecca and Stephanie (see also this) with added commentary by Jason, DJ’s comment…what it said, how it was said, what wasn’t said, to whom it was said, and to whom it was not said, among other things…underscored rather than diffused the problem. Now, he should be prepared to take the next needed steps.
Dr Phil tells us that there comes a time in many relationships for one person to be a hero. It is now time for DJ Grothe to be the hero. Pursuant to this, I give you … DJ Grothe, Joining The Avengers for a Trial Period:
- Prepared to protect the world from evil with amazing technology
- Wears a red invincible suit
- Needs an HR department and has one
- Needs to stop protecting TAM and start protecting Skepticism from itself
- Probably does not have a red invincible suit and that’s OK
- Needs an HR department and does not have one
This is not hard. Even a Skeptic can do it. Bring in a consultant, DJ. There are people who do this for a living. Bring in an outside, independent, professional. Not a public relations professional (shame on anyone for thinking I meant that!) No. An organizational professional with expertise in Human Resources and Harassment compliance, and intra-organizational (as in Intra-Skepticism, not JREF) problem solving skills. If you want, I can suggest some names. Or, just click here.