Netflix is not ignoring the sexual allegations concerning Kevin Spacey, and that’s a good thing. Netflix has announced that it will not be working with Spacey on House of Cards. The streaming service will also not release a film that stars the actor.
Anthony Rapp talking about being sexually harassed by Kevin Spacey is no laughing matter. Even though Spacey apologized for his behavior, he made the apology about him and used it to come out as a gay man. Of course, no one appreciated Spacey linking being gay to being a sexual predator.
After the debacle, Netflix announced the cancellation of House of Cards after the upcoming sixth season. However, now the company has taken their decision a step further. Production on House of Cards has been delayed and the streaming service will not release a film starring Spacey.
In the official statement, the company said, “Netflix will not be involved with any further production of House of Cards that includes Kevin Spacey. We will continue to work with MRC (production company Media Rights Capital) during this hiatus time to evaluate our path forward as it relates to the show.”
“We have also decided we will not be moving forward with the release of the film Gore, which was in post-production, starring and produced by Kevin Spacey,” Netflix further added.
Directed by Micheal Hoffman, Gore is a biopic based on the life of writer Gore Vidal.
According to Spacey’s publicist, the actor is “taking the time necessary to seek evaluation and treatment.”
Sexual harassment, while being an open secret in Hollywood, has come to the forefront of every news outlet after Harvey Weinstein’s history was exposed.
It seems that studios, including Netflix, don’t want such talent dragging their names in the mud for as long as the discussion of sexual harassment continues.
I’m glad that Netflix decided to take such actions against Spacey. There were also reports from eight House of Cards employees accusing Spacey of sexual harassment and assault.
Brett Ratner (director of X-Men: The Last Stand) and Warner Bros. also parted ways due to sexual allegations against the director.
I also talked with fellow The Geekiary contributors, Tara and Bekah, about some rumors related to how Warner Bros. is dealing with similar allegations against Ben Affleck as the release of Justice League nears.
Do you think Netflix made the right call? Let us know.
Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.
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