Steven Seagal might seem like too much of a caricature to actually exist, but we regret to remind you that he is all too real.
The actor, who has openly pondered a political run and shared some of his truly frightening political views, is only the latest to be accused of sexual harassment.
But newly revealed audio of Steven Seagal has him ranting angrily about female journalists in what has been characterized as a misogynistic rant. You can listen below for yourself.
What's the most recent news that we've heard from this guy?
Probably when Steven Seagal slammed the NFL for "disrespecting the flag." There were a couple of problems with his complaints.
One, that's not what the NFL protests are about — they're not sticking up their middle finger at America, they're using the opportunity to protest the killing of unarmed black men by the very police who are supposed to protect them and enforce the law.
At this point, we feel like anyone who honestly wants to understand the situation already knows that.
Two, if Steven Seagal loves America so much, why does he live in Russia?
Russia isn't just another country — it's a hostile foreign power that has actively worked against the United States time after time.
And yet Steven Seagal seems to absolutely adore Russia's shameless despot, Vladimir Putin.
We don't really need to rehash the election interference that almost no one is denying, right? Or the habit of Vladimir Putin's political enemies have of being poisoned or otherwise dying?
(The same happens to journalists investigating Putin and his interests)
So Steven Seagal has some pretty controversial opinions, to say the least.
That is not, however, the most recent thing that we've heard about Steven Seagall.
In many cases, they've revealed instances of sexual harassment and sexual assault.
Some women have come forward to add their names to the lists of Harvey Weinstein's accusers.
Others have, for a host of reasons, declined to name the men who harassed or assaulted them.
Actress Jenny McCarthy, perhaps best known for her ludicrous "medical" beliefs that have mad her name synonymous with the anti-vaxx movement, recently came forward in a podcast.
She alleges that Steven Seagal told her to take off her dress during a casting call for one of his films. Just so that you know, folks, that is not appropriate.
And Lisa Guerrero, who is now a journalist but was once an actress, told The Hollywood Reporter of her own Steven Seagal encounter.
She alleges that in the '90s, Steven Seagal summoned her to his Beverly Hills home for an audition.
That's a little weird, so she insisted upon the casting director also being present, so it should be fine, right?
Well … Steven Seagal not only seemed surprise to see that casting director with her, but he answered the door in a silk kimono.
Now, we're sure that kimonos are very comfy, but if you're not a college student, you should probably put on something other than a robe when people come over. Especially if it's a work thing.
Instead, she describes how Steven Seagal sat on a throne-like chair in his robe and watched her audition for 10 minutes.
It was fine — he didn't touch her or expose himself. But … what would have happened if she hadn't brought the casting director?
While the brief audio clip, which you can listen to below, doesn't provide a whole lot of context, it's pretty damning on its own.
You hear Steven Seagal's own voice as he speaks to a male interviewer.
"The few times that I had a hard time was usually with women."
That's not a great way to talk about … anything.
"When somebody is on tour, a promotional tour, he’s there to talk about his film, not about who he’s f—ing or who he would like to f— or who his wife was with ten years ago."
Those are the explicit versions of normal questions to ask celebrities.
"They should go into pornography or something else instead of journalism if they want to hear that s–t. They're a bunch of a—-."
They should "go into pornography" … what?! Does he mean that they should be porn stars or interview porn stars? Both suggestions are absurd.
He has some lovely things to say about some unnamed woman.
"I won't even dare tell you what I think it is. It was just some dumb b–ch that is a liar and wanted to be sensational."
If someone is saying "some dumb b–ch" and not jokingly referring to themselves or making a totally okay inside joke with a friend … that tells you a lot about their opinions of women.
Steven Seagal's decision to style his home and much of his clothing in an Asian manner is fine. He's a little eccentric, sure. But it's fine.
As we all learned in 2016, an audio recording of a man with extensive Russian ties saying offensive things about women doesn't necessarily mean that he'll be negatively impacted.
Of course … what exactly is Steven Seagal's career these days? So whatever fallout this audio recording might have had during his heyday probably won't amount to anything in 2017.
Listen for yourself: