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Yes, There Is EVEN MORE Proof That Max Landis Is Trash

By Kayleigh Donaldson | Celebrity | June 12, 2019 |

By Kayleigh Donaldson | Celebrity | June 12, 2019 |

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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.’

Twitter, of course, started to talk.

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.

Kayleigh is a features writer and editor for Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter or listen to her podcast, The Hollywood Read.

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