Oct. 12, 2017 "The Hollywood fable that enabled Weinstein": Today I found this article by John Doyle in the Globe and Mail:
Everybody is inclined to believe stories that conform to ancient myths and fairy tales, especially about the entertainment world. And in doing so, everyone enables the likes of Harvey Weinstein.
Admitting that there is obnoxious and sometimes disgusting behaviour is anathema to them. The truth about that would undermine everything.
Ask others, who would have no such fears, and they are coy or shrug. There is, especially among men and among media, publicists and others on the fringes, a fierce impulse toward denial and there exists a strange omerta based on the notion that the public doesn’t need to know what’s going on.
At the same time, writers and editors want journalism that amounts to easy-to-understand stories that fit into a limited number of genres. Those journalism genres are rather like myths and fairy tales.
Everybody likes stories about underdogs. Everybody likes stories about a deep personal connection between the star and the material in the movie. That sort of journalism taps into a very old human desire to see everything in terms of a small set of storylines.
Most movies do precisely the same thing, and people worship at that altar.
If we expect female actors to speak out, we should be prepared to challenge our own convenient assumptions and myths. There are ogres everywhere, it’s just a myth that they all look like Weinstein.
Oct. 20, 2017 "Rapid fire cuts ties to former director": Today I found this article by Paula Simons in the Edmonton Journal. It was about Chris Craddock, this guy I have talked to a few times when he was the Writer in Residence at the Edmonton Public Library. He critiqued my script. I never got a bad vibe from him before:
Rapid Fire Theatre, Edmonton’s largest improv troupe, has issued a statement distancing itself from its former artistic director Chris Craddock, saying he will no longer be affiliated with the theatre company.
“This week so many people around the world have engaged in a large conversation of sexual harassment and abuse; much of that conversation focusing on issues of sexual harassment and abuse in the entertainment industry. The improv industry has its fair share of predators and we know that at times in Rapid Fire Theatre’s 37-year history we have featured some of those individuals in our performing ensemble. Enough is enough,” says the statement, posted to Rapid Fire’s Facebook page Wednesday.
“This includes the work of former artistic director (2004-2008) Chris Craddock who has publicly admitted to unacceptable behaviour in violation of our own harassment policy,” read the statement.
In the statement, Craddock attributed much of his behaviour to his alcoholism and cocaine addiction, adding that he has been sober for the last four months.
“(T) he clear lens of sobriety has opened my memory to the realities of my actions, micro-actions and things more overt, and I have so much to make up for.”
Craddock’s Facebook post has since been removed.
“As a sex addict, I sought out sex in ways that people were grossed out by me. People didn’t want me to hit on them, and in my state, I didn’t have the emotional intelligence to see that. But I want to make it clear that I’m not a sexual predator, especially now, when I’m sober.”
"Show business sex scandals hit Quebec": Today I found this article by Graeme Hamilton in the National Post in the Edmonton Journal:
"Kevin Smith donates film residuals":
Kevin Smith got his Hollywood break in the early 1990s when Miramax bought distribution rights to his low-budget indie film Clerks, but now the filmmaker wishes he never got involved with the production company founded by Harvey Weinstein.
After the New York Times published its report detailing decades of sexual-harassment and assault allegations against Weinstein, Smith wrote on Twitter that he felt “ashamed” for profiting from a relationship with the movie mogul while others were suffering.
Now the Jay and Silent Bob creator wants to go a step further by donating future residuals from movies backed by the Weinsteins and Miramax to Women in Film, a nonprofit organization that supports women filmmakers.
Oct. 28, 2017 Boss Hog: This is an article by Jamie Portman in the Edmonton Journal. I can't find the article on the internet, but there was mainly about how it was a toxic environment to work for Weinstein's Miramax company.
Miramax marketing coordinator Amy Hart complained that it was like "factory labour in a Third World country." She had a meagre salary and Weinstein paid for Gwyneth Paltrow's weekend in Paris which costs $100,000.
"McAdams among Toback accusers": This is an article by Lindsey Bahr in the Edmonton Journal. It's against James Toback. I forewarn you this is pretty offensive:
McAdams, an Oscar nominee for her supporting role in Spotlight, also met Toback to audition for Harvard Man. She was 21 and just starting out in the business. After her audition he told her he wanted to workshop with her. They met that night in his hotel room where, she said, the conversation quickly turned sexual.
“He said, ‘You know, I just have to tell you. I have masturbated countless times today thinking about you since we met at your audition,’ ” McAdams said.
He later asked if she would show him her pubic hair. McAdams said she eventually excused herself and left.
“I was very lucky that I left and he didn’t actually physically assault me in any way,” she said, adding that she has felt shame ever since that she didn’t leave earlier. When she told her agent about the encounter.
Tyra Banks talk show: This reminds me of an ep she did about "The casting couch." They did an experiment where an actress auditions for a role with a director. Then later, the director invites him to her hotel room to do more of the audition.
A black woman in her 20s says: Can I bring a friend along?
My opinion: That's good with bringing a friend for safety.
Another black woman in her 30s did enter the hotel room. She was talking to the director.
Director: Well do you want the role?
Woman: Well not that much.
Then Tyra enters and the woman freaks out that she's meeting Tyra.
Another woman in her 20s. I remember she was a new immigrant. As soon as she enters the hotel room, she looks all around.
Another one I remembered was another experiment in the same ep. The director was passing out cards inviting people to his hotel room. One woman came with her boyfriend.
"A new wave of sex harassment complaints": Today I found this article by Cassandra Szklarski in the Edmonton Journal:
TORONTO -- Media reports detailing sexual harassment claims against high-profile film and TV titans including Harvey Weinstein and Bill O'Reilly have been relentless.
So too are the far less-sensational claims being made in average workplaces everyday, says Toronto workplace harassment investigator Monica Jeffrey.
"Every investigator that I know right now in Toronto is just totally, totally swamped," Jeffrey says of non-stop claims that spiked in the past year.
Feb. 8, 2018 Nick Carter accused of rape: His name was on top 10 on Yahoo. I clicked on it. I was like "Oh my God. As soon as I saw the name Melissa Schuman and her pic, I know it was the girl from the pop group Dream. I was a fan of Dream back then. I still listen to Dream's music sometimes on YouTube. I also read her blog post about it:
My opinion: I read the blog post, and she did forewarn the part that is going to be offensive.
I don't think I'm going to watch the Dr. Oz episode. However, good for her for coming out about this.
My 2018 opinion: I have never met Charisma Carpenter, but I feel like I know her because I have seen her on TV and movies for years.
Sexual harassment scandals: It all started with Harvey Weinstein in like Oct. 2017. However, there have been lots of scandals prior to it like:
I read the newspaper everyday and there has been accusations about once a week. I'm sure some of you guys are sick of reading it in the news, so I don't really write about it on my blog.
The same goes for the current American President that will not be named. I have some emails about the above topic and him in my weekly emails/ blog posts drafts, but I haven't really put it up.
Feb. 9, 2018 Rose McGowan's manager suicide: