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The self-described former staff of disgraced ex-Congresswoman Katie Hill hijacked her retired Twitter account to express their disappointment in the newly-announced film adaption of the "Hill throuple" scandal.
"Katie’s former staff here," the anonymous posters prefaced the early morning thread. "Disappointed in so many folks - including Elizabeth Moss, @Blumhouse, & @michaelseitzman - regarding today's announcement."
On Tuesday afternoon, Variety broke the news that The Handmaid’s Tale star Elisabeth Moss would be portraying the cancelled yet glorified US representative in a TV project produced by Blumhouse. The prospective venture is a purported rendition of Hill's forthcoming book, She Will Rise: Becoming a Warrior in the Battle for True Equality. Hill herself is on board as executive producer.
"We pursued this project because we believe in Katie and her message of empowering women and breaking the system," said eponymous founder and producer Blum to The Hollywood Reporter. "And with Elisabeth and the force of what she brings on and off the camera, we hope this will be a powerful vehicle to inspire and for change."
The Twitter hijackers went on to note that they "appreciate the instinct to defend our former boss, an LGBTQ+ woman who faced abuse from her husband."
"What happened to Katie Hill shouldn’t happen to anyone. But, this moment requires more nuance, as Katie Hill’s story - our story - is also one of workplace abuse and harassment," the dismayed authors wrote, adding that "Katie Hill can be both a victim and perpetrator" as "staff can experience severe consequences for speaking out against their powerful boss."
Hill resigned from her position representing California’s 25th District after allegations arose accusing the freshman lawmaker of engaging in an unconventional long-term "throuple" with her now-estranged husband, Kenny Heslep, and a younger female staffer, according to RedState.
The conservative outlet included a photograph of the female duo embraced in a locked kiss. Another imaged shared by the site displayed a nude Hill brushing the woman's hair.
In the 2018 midterm elections, the fledgling Democratic politician defeated Republican Rep. Steve Knight by nine points in a district in the northern exurbs of Los Angeles that was once reliably red.
"This is what needs to happen so that the good people who supported me will no longer be subjected to the pain inflicted by my abusive husband and the brutality of hateful political operatives who seem to happily provide a platform to a monster who is driving a smear campaign built around cyber exploitation," Hill wrote in a responding letter afterwards foreshadowing her official resignation dated Nov. 3.
Hill asked for the US Capitol Police to investigate the source of the leaked photos as an invasion of privacy. Attorneys for Hill even issued a cease-and-desist letter to the Daily Mail after the British tabloid published several intimate photos of Hill, including one that depicted her holding a bong while naked. Hill blamed the snowballing affairs on her "abusive husband" amid a fiery divorce, claiming the defaming pictures were "revenge porn."
In the game of slut-shaming and pointing fingers, the #MeToo rules shifted for Hill, a female womanizer who subverted the feminist movement, as colleagues extended sympathy to the congressional superior at the center of the bombshell. Hill was a rising star in the Democratic party, a favorite of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who among other senior members of Congress wished that "Hill had been more careful in transmitting her private photos."
"No one should have to put themselves in harm’s way for the public to understand a simple truth: Katie Hill is not a hero for women. We deserve heroes who embody our values even in the most difficult moments," her alleged victims fired.
"Katie Hill was never investigated by the House Ethics Committee, nor has she been held accountable by anyone other than herself. We encourage everyone to reflect deeply before taking her word at face value."
However, Hill was reportedly the target of a House Ethics Committee probe in connection to an "inappropriate" sexual relationship with her current legislative director, Graham Kelly. The openly-bisexual Californian told the National Review that she became involved with the campaign worker during the "final tumultuous years" of her abusive marriage to Kenny Heslep.
The writers on Hill's Twitter moved on to declare that Hill "took advantage of her subordinates" and "caused immense harm to the people who worked for her, many of whom were young women just beginning their careers in politics."
Acknowledging that workplace harassment can manifest in numerous forms, the outspoken former staff emphasized that institutional abuse is "never okay, even if your boss is a woman and/or a survivor."
"Believe us when we say: it’s not only about who starts it, it’s also about who ends it. And, while Katie is certainly the survivor of abuse, we are not confident that she sufficiently acted to end her own patterns of inappropriate and abusive behavior," the disaffected staffers concluded.
"Enough is enough. In order to advance the #MeToo movement, we must be willing to acknowledge the problematic behaviors among those in our own communities. Only then will we see true progress."