Max Landis is awful. We’ve always known this. It is a fact as old as the earth itself. The mediocre screenwriter and son of John Landis has been extensively documented over the past few years, often as a ‘wunderkind’ of Hollywood but mostly as an absolute jerk who treats people like dirt and should be avoided at all costs, especially if you’re a woman. He disappeared for a while after the #MeToo movement began to gather some steam because everyone and their aunt knew that he was ready to go down, but those stories never fully made it to the forefront. Our own Tori Preston wrote a wonderful piece on the allegations. Tori’s work dug deep into the culture of fear that surrounded Landis and how he managed to avoid accountability, despite the myriad allegations being open secrets. Indeed, in February of this year, after it was revealed that Landis was still getting high-profile work as a screenwriter, one woman came forward anonymously on Medium with her allegation, including claims that she had submitted extensive evidence of her allegation to The Hollywood Reporter, who then chose not to run the story. The teflon slimeball seemed once again unsullied by the crushing weight of it all.
So why is he trending on Twitter again? Because another woman has come forward.
Whitney Moore is an actress who formerly dated Max Landis. She posted this note on Twitter and Instagram, talking about ‘the horrific, inhumane things’ Landis allegedly did to her. The piece does not go into detail on this, but it does describe the culture of silence Moore felt trapped by, and the gaslighting Landis allegedly inflicted upon her because he claimed he was working on improving. Moore describes her experiences with him as ‘too humiliating’ for her to talk about right now, but ends her statement with, ‘let me be clear: he is not a safe person to be around.’
a dam has been broken pic.twitter.com/EecgfgUfY9— Whitney Moore (@TweetneyMoore) June 11, 2019
Twitter, of course, started to talk.
I was on a group tour last year and witnessed Max Landis, who was part of the group, slap his then girlfriend in the face “as a joke,” making her cry, and then gaslight her after by saying “it wasn’t a big deal.” This guy is unhinged and a total monster. He belongs in jail. https://t.co/xDXdAxr07e— Lee Jameson (@Lee_Jameson) June 12, 2019
Max Landis is EXTREMELY BAD I just wish the notion would stick enough so people don’t have to keep opening themselves up trying convince the rest of Hollywood to believe it enough to MAYBE NOT GIVE HIM SO MUCH WORK THAT AFFORDS HIM OPPORTUNITIES TO KEEP ABUSING PEOPLE.— Alicia Lutes (@alicialutes) June 12, 2019
To recap!!— Alicia Lutes (@alicialutes) June 12, 2019
Max Landis gave a shitty interview in 2013 bragging about gaslighting and abusing girlfriends:https://t.co/vkR3ecj12g
I, a baby culture critic, wrote about it:https://t.co/EiEtz9l5Jl
He did not appreciate it! So, he emailed this to explain why he’s not an abuser: pic.twitter.com/7Y3mGJ1erv
You shouldn't need to have heard a half a dozen horror stories from different women and enbies about Max Landis to believe his ex girlfriend when she says he was abusive, but if it helps, I have heard those stories and yeah. That guy is a fucking monster.— Kivan Beans (@KivaBay) June 12, 2019
Max Landis has been outed multiple, multiple times over a span of YEARS as an abusive piece of shit, IN ADDITION to being repeated, proven box office poison, and at this moment he has several multi-million-dollar projects in development. And that's why this industry is broken.— A Wrestlemania-Equivalent Matt Wallace (@MattFnWallace) June 12, 2019
Max Landis is a fucking creep who has been accused by abuse by multiple women and who bragged about giving a woman an eating disorder. Fuck him.— Sansa-Queen in the North!!!! (@HerRoyalRedness) June 12, 2019
Also, I wish I could come up with burns as brutal and accurate as this pic.twitter.com/j51Ol06fQK
These tweets mostly echo the same message: We’ve always known that Max Landis is a piece of sh*t who treats women badly and wields his ‘geek power’ to shut them up and attack those who dare to speak out against him. You’ll struggle to find a pop culture writer (but especially female writers) on Twitter who haven’t had at least one bad experience with him, usually of the ‘name searches self to sic his rabid fanbase on you’ variety. Everyone heard the stories, but you didn’t need to be familiar with those allegations to know his vile behaviour was poisoning everything around him, from the way he nurtured a Reddit fan-base to be his internet attack dogs to the bragging he did in interviews about emotionally bullying women into eating disorders. Everyone knew the stories, but people still wrote puff pieces about him or let him guest on their podcast or YouTube show.
Everybody knew. But they still took his scripts. Actors still signed onto them. They continue to do so. And for what? A talentless piece of sh*t with the worst reputation in Hollywood with countless allegations to his name and whose movies consistently lose money? If that isn’t the most fitting exemplification of the entertainment industry, I don’t know what is.
Never forget this sweet, sweet Max Landis drag from DIFFICULT PEOPLE pic.twitter.com/PTGpWJ8KaK— Jade Budowski (@jadebudowski) June 12, 2019
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