For weeks we’ve been waiting for Netflix to make a move, to do something. And yesterday they did make a move. They cancelled Haters Back Off, the show about YouTube character Miranda Sings created and written by Colleen Ballinger.
That…that wasn’t really the move we were looking for, Netflix.
Netflix was of course swift in their handling of the allegations against Kevin Spacey, star of one of the biggest shows on the platform. And while we have no interest in playing a game of “whose assault was worse?” the silence regarding Danny Masterson, star of their show The Ranch, is deafening to the point of brain suction.
As we’ve discussed, Danny Masterson has been accused of raping four women. Despite “overwhelming” evidence against him, the LAPD has not filed charges, reportedly due to interference by the Church of Scientology.
The experience of one alleged victim—and we’re using “alleged” here and in all circumstances within these sexual assault cases in a purely legal sense, not in any way to imply the victim is not being truthful—later discovered to be Chrissie Carnell Bixler, was described in a police report.
One of Masterson’s accusers filed a police report in 2004 saying that she was raped in 2003, but the case didn’t move forward after the Church of Scientology intervened and submitted over 50 affidavits from Scientologists who denied the woman’s account. According to a report filed with the Los Angeles Police Department, the woman said Masterson raped her while she was “passed out,” and when she awoke and realized he was raping her, she struggled with him until he choked her and she passed out again.
All Netflix has offered up is a one-line statement: “We are aware of the allegations and the subsequent investigation, and will respond if developments occur.”
But great job cancelling the innocuous show about the girl with lipstick, Netflix.