Things get worse for Harvey Weinstein. Oliver Stone gets called out, and the WTF things Morrisey said.
Tech designer Naomi Wu is brilliant, inventive, hot, and female. So naturally a conspiracy theory evolved that claims she’s actually the sexy front for several men’s work. She’s not. But when MAKE magazine founder Dale Dougherty tweeted she was a fraud, her business took a big hit. (Buzzfeed)
In sports, a long history of sexual misconduct committed by Olympic coaches is coming to light. Specifically, 290 coaches have been accused since 1982. (Orlando Sentinel)
Nassar is expected to plead guilty to seven counts, and may get 25 to 40 years in prison. Based on this next sentence, that sentence is not enough: “He’s facing similar charges in a neighboring county and lawsuits filed by more than 125 women and girls.”(Freep)
English singer and perpetual bummer Morrissey had some pretty shit things to say about the Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein scandals. Here are some lowlights: (Stereogum)
“All at once everyone is guilty. Anyone who has ever said to someone else, ‘I like you,’ is suddenly being charged with sexual harassment.”
(On Spacey) “I do not know about you, but I’ve never been in situations like this in my youth. Never. I always knew what could happen. When you are in somebody’s bedroom, you have to be aware of where that can lead to. That’s why it does not sound very credible to me. It seems to me Spacey has been unnecessarily attacked.”
(On Weinstein) “People know exactly what happens. And they play along. Afterward, they feel embarrassed, or they do not like it. And then they turn it around and say: I was attacked, I was surprised, I was dragged into the room. But if everything had gone well and had it given them a great career, they would not talk about it. I hate rape. I hate attacks. I hate sexual situations that are forced on someone. But in many cases, one looks at the circumstances and thinks that the person referred to as a victim is merely disappointed. Throughout the history of music and rock ‘n’ roll there have been musicians who have slept with their groupies. If you go through history, almost everyone is guilty of sleeping with minors.”
Emphasis our, because can you fucking believe this guy?
A second allegation of sexual misconduct has been leveled at Senator Al Franken. Lindsay Menz shares her story of how Franken groped her during a 2010 photo op. (Pajiba)
Past Saturday Night Live employees joined forces to support Franken. Because if he wasn’t inappropriate with them…so what exactly? What bearing does that have on the matter at hand?
JUST IN: Women staff of "Saturday Night Live" sign letter in support of Sen. Al Franken pic.twitter.com/osN6IwMgvB— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 21, 2017
Former SNL castmember Jane Curtin, who was among the 36 women who signed the joint statement, said, “I’m just so upset about this atmosphere and good people being dragged into it. It’s just like the red menace. You don’t know who’s going to be next.” Goddamn it, Jane. (LA Times)
After being accused of sexual misconduct Transparent’s twice, Jeffrey Tambor said, “This is no longer the job I signed up for four years ago. … Given the politicized atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set, I don’t see how I can return to Transparent.” (The Atlantic)
Trans activist and entertainment journalist E. Oliver Whitney has a suggestion for how the Amazon series might carry on.
oh boy, this statement is a pile of garbage. please make the right decision Amazon; don’t put trans/GNC creators, actors, and crew members out of work for one cis man’s abusive behavior. https://t.co/S8ocWx5tt6— e. oliver whitney (@CinemaBite) November 19, 2017
some ideas: recast Maura with a trans actor.— e. oliver whitney (@CinemaBite) November 16, 2017
follow through with Maura’s medical transition storyline that was nixed in S3 (which really bothered me & felt like an excuse to keep Tambor on the show).
bump Lysette & Billings to series regulars. they deserve it.
and invest more storytelling into varied trans & GNC narratives, *especially* by bringing more pocs onto the show in supporting / leading roles.— e. oliver whitney (@CinemaBite) November 16, 2017
Tambor isn’t essential the way Spacey may have been to HoC. Transparent has more interesting stories to tell & voices to center.
Remember how Bob Weinstein claimed he didn’t know about his brother/business partner’s long, long, long history of sexual harassment, abuse and rape? Well, turns out Bob paid hush money on his Harvey’s behalf. (IndieWire)
Ronan Farrow uncovers Weinstein’s sordid history of secret settlements. (The New Yorker)
The Current War has been bumped off the award season calendar, and The Weinstein Company’s only remaining contender, Wind River, has made as a clean a break as seems possible.
FYC in good conscience: WIND RIVER has been freed of Weinstein name, financial ties, credits; future proceeds from the film will go to the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center https://t.co/xica6kkHHa— jen yamato (@jenyamato) November 21, 2017
Journalist Tatiana Siegel charts the “economic reverberations” this wave of sexual misconduct scandals is having, from costly reshoots, to cast and crews whose jobs are at risk because of criminally handsy stars, to a screener of Louis C.K.’s killed I Love You, Daddy selling on Ebay for $1,075. It’s a thorough and informative read. She also points out that four accusations against Jeremy Piven isn’t enough for HBO to have pulled Entourage from their streaming service. (THR)
Oliver Stone, who not-so-long ago suggested we not rush to judgement on Harvey Weinstein, has been accused of sexual harassment by actress Melissa Gilbert. She recounts the “humiliating and horrid” excuse for an audition the director subjected her too while making The Doors. (Daily Mail)
We’re with Ava.
In Fuck Sean Hannity news, the festering wart on the ass of humanity tried to book Gloria Deason, one of Roy Moore’s accusers on his show, Hannity. Deason rejected the offer through a strongly worded letter from her lawyer, Paula Cobia.
Cobia writes in part:
“Mr. Hannity has belittled, defamed, and engaged in an on-air intimidation campaign against the victims of Mr. Moore. He is totally uninterested in discovering the truth. He gave Mr. Moore a lazy, softball interview which his own panel did not find credible. In fact, the panel mocked Mr. Moore over his inconsistencies and lies. It is laughable to assume that Mr. Hannity is capable of conducting a fair and balanced interview,” she continued. “He is not known for journalistic integrity. He is merely seeking an opportunity to publicly attack and further defame Mr. Moore’s vulnerable victims.”
In related news, defending an alleged pedophile has caused “a significant slowdown in advertisers” for Hannity’s show. (The Independent)
In case you’re spending the Thanksgiving holiday with Trump supporting family members, maybe keep this handy:
In Cleveland, 20-year-old college student Nicolas Cristescu was accused of raping an unconscious woman and recording it. Still, an unnamed prosecutor dismissed the charges. Thankfully, the grand jury saw sense, and issued a a 13-count indictment. Cristescu is expected to go to trial in December. (CBS)
‘He did touch my vagina through my underwear.’ — The 16 women who accused Trump of sexual assault are telling their story in one video pic.twitter.com/caohG2sQkd— NowThis (@nowthisnews) November 20, 2017
In lets pretend to be shocked news, a politician who claims Christianity and promotes anti-LGBT views was caught in his office fucking a man. Ohio Republican state legislator Wes Goodman was had been dubbed “conscience of the conservative movement,” has resigned. (Yahoo)
Pixar head John Lasseter has taken a leave of absence from Disney as many sexual harassment claims comes to light. (Pajiba)
Actress Aurora Perrineau filed a police report accusing Girls writer Murray Miller of sexual assault. (Buzzfeed)
Lena Dunham accused Perrineau of lying, which got the controversial creator called out for White Feminism. Dunham’s inevitably poor apology did nothing to help matters. (Pajiba)
Her horrendous response to Perrineau spurred author Zinzi Clemmons to resign from working on Dunham’s Lenny Letter newsletter. You can read Clemmons’ statement below:
My statement on why I will no longer write for @lennyletter, and the behavior I witnessed firsthand from @lenadunham's friends.— zinziclemmons (@zinziclemmons) November 19, 2017
It is time for women of color—black women in particular—to divest from Lena Dunham. pic.twitter.com/dxOWCLhTpA
Democratic Congressman John Conyers has been accused of sexual misconduct against his staff. (Pajiba)
Respected American journalist Charlie Rose has been outed as a serial sexual harasser. (Pajiba)
New York Times’journalist Glenn Thrush has been accused of sexual misconduct. (Pajiba)
It’s only Wednesday. But at least tomorrow’s a holiday, right?