A few weeks back the Academy Awards nominations were announced, and Bohemian Rhapsody was nominated for Best Picture among several other categories. It took internet by storm because of Bryan Singer’s involvement with it. It’s funny that Hollywood, which pretends to be the biggest flag bearer of #MeToo and Time’s Up and celebrities who love to give big speeches on the red carpet, not once tried to oppose it.
It’s really common that people like Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacy, Woody Allen, Bryan Singer and Roman Polanski have existed in Hollywood for years. Even I grew up admiring their films like Chinatown, Rosemary’s Baby, Annie Hall, The Usual Suspects, Midnight in Paris etc. But after the serious accusations of rape, sexual abuse and pedophilia, I will never be able to enjoy their movies the same way as before.
Woody Allen was accused of sexual misconduct at the same time as Cate Blanchett won an Oscar for Blue Jasmine. I am disappointed that she never addressed the issue, either there or any time after. It’s even more frustrating to see that big actors with platforms to send strong messages, like Kate Winslet (Wonderwheel), Selena Gomez, Diego Luna, and young emerging talent like Timothée Chalamet and Elle Fanning (A Rainy Day in New York) continue to keep working with him.
I am aware that many believe just because Allen, Polanski, and Bryan Singer are accused of such actions doesn’t make their art bad. And one should be able to separate this from the latter. My point, however, is when you give their later art a platform or encourage their work after the fact, you are insulting the victims.
When you support an artist who is known and proven to be a rapist, sexual abuser, or serial assaulter you are promoting their crimes by promoting their work. If a person has talent that does not give him a right to be a criminal. If Ted Bundy was a great filmmaker would you pardon his crimes? I dare think not. I think actors should also step up and stop working with them, because if they really care about the societal impact as much as they like to talk about on the red carpets, it’s time they actually start talking steps for it.