02 octubre, 2018


The backlash has begun. In France this week, a group of 100 women, including actress Catherine Deneuve, denounced the #MeToo movement as restricting men’s sexual freedom and propagating a “hatred” of both men and sex. Meanwhile, some have noted that, without a jury trial or proof of myriad allegations against him, Kevin Spacey has been fired and in fact erased from Ridley Scott’s All the Money in the World, kicked off his Netflix hit House of Cards and snubbed by the SAG Awards.
Scott’s extreme reshoots (now the source of a Screen Actors Guild investigation after it became clear that Mark Wahlberg was paid significantly more than his female costar Michelle Williams) replace Spacey entirely with a different actor. And while that’s not possible with the whole of Spacey’s oeuvre, the question remains: When dozens of men are losing their careers over #MeToo, how do we approach their past work? Is it inappropriate to continue showing films like The Usual Suspects as classics given the revelations about their stars? And, conversely, can and should we really be dismissing these men — be they politicians, journalists, businesspeople or actors — none of whom have been convicted by a jury of their peers (though Spacey is being investigated by London police over assault allegations)?

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