With the ongoing naming-and-shaming of alleged sexual predators in Hollywood (think Spacey/ Weinstein/ Ratner/ Louis CK et al), and productions all over Tinseltown being cancelled in light of the allegations, the question has to be asked, ‘How does this affect those that are not to blame?’
While networks, production companies, and movie studios are quite rightly distancing themselves from the alleged offenders, it seems like there are a lot of people who are having their livelihoods massively impacted by the decisions to cancel, what can often be, months or years of co-starring roles or steady behind-the-scenes employment.
And that doesn’t seem fair.
Productions that were in development with the Weinstein Company have been axed, including Channing Tatum’s directorial debut, ‘Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock’. Tatum credited the women who had come forward with their accusations about Weinstein as his reason for cancelling the project. The movie was based on a 2013 novel about a high school murder-suicide as a result of sexual abuse. Pulling it was the only choice that Tatum could possibly have made, but one hopes that it will still be produced elsewhere. Such important narratives need to be told especially in the current climate of abusers being outed.
Netflix had looked like it was going to cancel the upcoming season of House of Cards after numerous allegations of sexual assault by Kevin Spacey were made. But with the show’s writers madly scrambling to rewrite the new season storylines and possibly create a new story arc for co-star Robin Wright, the series may live to see another day despite axeing Spacey. And why shouldn’t it? Wright more than holds her own in the series and the cast and crew should not be punished by losing work over Spacey’s alleged past transgressions.
The BBC has postponed two separate TV series starring Ed Westwick while the actor defends allegations of sexual assault against him. He is denying all claims but how long his co-workers have to wait for their employment to resume is anyone’s guess. It seems grossly unfair that they are the collateral damage of the situation.
Gal Gadot took a stand by announcing she would refuse to work on the next Wonder Woman movie if producer Brett Ratner was involved in any way. Her director, Patty Jenkins, agreed, showing the power of the sisterhood. As arguably two of the most powerful women in Hollywood with the biggest DC success story under their respective belts, they can afford to hold the studio to ransom.
Without question, allegations of sexual abuse and harassment needed to be made public, as such actions have caused untold heartache and trauma, and should be punished in the harshest way possible.
I would go one better. Add the emotional and financial cost to all the cast and crews unjustly affected by the ripple effect of the abusers' behaviour to their punishment. Maybe then they would understand the insidiousness of their crimes and the fallout they have caused.Support Villainesse