It’s time to re-examine the legacies of these men.
Last month, Charisma Carpenter opened up about the alleged abuse she faced on the set of Buffy and Angel by Joss Whedon.
These allegations were met with shock and disappointment. But Charisma certainly isn’t the only female actor to allege abuse at the hands of male filmmakers, directors, and stars.
And women have been speaking out about it for just as long. Take Marilyn Monroe, who published the essay “Wolves I Have Known” about the horrible sexism and abuse in Hollywood.
While the recent #MeToo movement has been a positive reckoning in the industry, there is still so much work to be done. We need to stop celebrating ALL filmmakers and directors who have been abusing women on their sets.
Here are just some of the many examples of abuse that women allegedly faced on the sets of famous male filmmakers, showrunners, and stars.
Uma Thurman in Kill Bill
Tippi Hedren in The Birds
Ellen Burstyn in The Exorcist
The female cast and crew members of One Tree Hill
Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz
Shelley Duvall in The Shining
Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos in Blue Is the Warmest Color
Maria Schneider in Last Tango in Paris
Lana Turner in Ziegfeld Girl
Björk in Dancer in the Dark
Amy Adams in American Hustle
Lily Tomlin in I Heart Huckabees
Thandie Newton in Flirting
Marina Sirtis in Death Wish 3
And finally, Sandra Peabody in The Last House on the Left
Abuse — whether sexual, physical, or verbal — should NEVER have to be tolerated for the sake of art. The fact that we justify and brush off these allegations and statements as the price of “true genius” or being in the industry is frankly disgusting. No one should have to deal with these working conditions, and we need to stop giving awards to the people who create them.
It’s time to re-examine the legacies of these men through the lens of the bad things they’ve done. It’s doing a disservice to the victims to continue to praise these people without mention of the women they harmed as part of their “art.”
We need to do better — for these women and for every future female actor who will get abused on set because it’s been so normalized.
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