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What It's Like Being Blacklisted in Hollywood: Men vs Women

By Jodi Smith | Celebrity | November 15, 2017 |

By Jodi Smith | Celebrity | November 15, 2017 |

Let’s do a little comparison, shall we? This was prompted by the continued acceptance of Mel Gibson in Hollywood. Various media outlets are praising Gibson as being “family-friendly” in his new movie Daddy’s Home 2 with Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell. He’s been in talks to direct the Suicide Squad sequel, has three movies either announced or in pre-production, and continues to be in talks for major roles in Hollywood.

Strange that it seems Hollywood is taking note of the sexual abusers in the industries, to some extent, but feels that racism and violent threats and outbursts are just fine if you allow about a decade to pass. I thought that I would illustrate the ridiculousness of this by comparing two blacklisted Hollywood stars: Mel Gibson and Sean Young.

Mel Gibson

Gibson unleashed horrible, anti-semitic, racist, and violent tirades on various people in 2006 and 2010. He was blacklisted in Hollywood and Robert Downey Jr. was one of the people to ask that Gibson be given another chance. While blacklisted, which Wikipedia states took place from 2010 until 2016, Gibson added 5 acting credits to his resume. They are all films that people know about, that had real budgets, and were advertised.

Gibson is now regularly getting work and outlets are proclaiming that Hollywood is “welcoming him back”.

Sean Young

Young’s crimes started when James Woods accused her of harassment due to an on-set affair ending. Young was awarded money to cover her legal costs, but the label of crazy followed her. She was cut from the film Wall Street for allegedly not getting along with star Charlie Sheen and director Oliver Stone. She lost her role as Vicki Vale in 1989’s Batman after falling from a horse and breaking her hand. She unsuccessfully attempted to win the part of Catwoman in the film’s sequel, making her own catsuit and attempting to get the attention of Tim Burton and Michael Keaton. She was let go from Dick Tracy and the reason given is that she wasn’t a maternal Tess Trueheart. Young alleges that she rebuffed star and director Warren Beatty’s advances and was then fired.

Young has been working steadily in Hollywood following her last recognizable role in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective in 1994. You have probably not heard of her movies.

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Jodi Smith is a Senior Reporter, Film & Television at Pajiba. You can email her or follow her on Twitter.