What the Hell Are You Doing, Kevin Spacey?
It was announced this week that Kevin Spacey will face a charge of felony sexual assault and will be arraigned on a charge of indecent assault and battery in January 2019. The actor, who has kept a low profile since Anthony Rapp and others came forward with claims of sexual harassment and assault, has been accused of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old in July 2016.
Now, it’s not uncommon for the accused, especially if they’re mega famous and used to the public eye, to release a statement of some kind. Indeed, it is expected. But Kevin Spacey? Well, yeah, this happened.
Let Me Be Frank https://t.co/OzVGsX6Xbz— Kevin Spacey (@KevinSpacey) December 24, 2018
For those of you who don’t want to click, yes, that is Kevin Spacey in a Christmas apron. Yes, he does go full Frank Underwood, talking to the camera. Yes, this is egotistical and baffling as all f*ck. Yes, Spacey really does believe that people want him back.
‘I know what you want,’ he says in the video entitled ‘Let Me Be Frank.’ ‘Oh sure, they may have tried to separate us, but what we have is too strong, too powerful. After all, we shared everything, you and I. I told you my deepest, darkest secrets. I showed you exactly what people are capable of. I shocked you with my honestly, but mostly I challenged you and made you think. And you trusted me, even though you knew you shouldn’t. So we’re not done, no matter what anyone says. And besides, I know what you want. You want me back.’
Read. The goddamned. Room. Kevin!
But wait. There’s more. He addresses both the end of his character on House of Cards and, you know, those multiple allegations, often involving underage boys. But not really because he’s a snake.
‘Of course, some believed everything and have been just waiting with bated breath to hear me confess it all. They’re just dying to have me declare that everything said is true and that I got what I deserved. Only you and I both know it’s never that simple, not in politics and not in life. All this presumption made for such an unsatisfying ending, and to think it could have been such a memorable sendoff. I can promise you this. If I didn’t pay the price for the things we both know I did do, I’m certainly not going to pay the price for the things I didn’t do.’
Well, that’s a sinister line right there, eh?!
‘My confidence grows each day that soon enough, you will know the full truth. Wait a minute, now that I think of it, you never actually saw me die, did you? Conclusions can be so deceiving.’
For the record, Spacey is still under investigation in Los Angeles and in England for various accusations of sexual assault.
Ego doesn’t even begin to cover it. Imagine the sheer unmitigated gall you would have to possess to address multiple accusations of sexual assault and harassment in a YouTube video, while in character as a murdering politician, and do so while seemingly being more pissed off about said character getting killed off than, you know, being an accused abuser! And in a Christmas apron!
Here’s the thing: That video took some time to plan. That required a script, rehearsals, a costume — the f*cking apron! — and a crew to make it. All that took at the very least a couple of weeks to put together and it conveniently comes out on the day Spacey is charged with felony sexual assault. Did he think this would help? Did he think there were people clamouring for his return? Even in this age of patriarchal bulls*it and backlash against #MeToo, there hasn’t been any residual sympathy for Spacey (except for Paul Schrader and even then the allegations themselves weren’t denied or dismissed by him).
And the apron?!
F*ck you, Kevin Spacey. See you in court.
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