One would think the surge in accusers coming forward to snatch the weaves of Hollywood’s serial sexual predators would kick in a dose of common sense on some people who might not entirely agree with the movement to think, “Rather than voice my concerns, how about I avoid a firestorm and go see Star Wars?” Alas, Star Wars is sold out, so those concerns are getting voiced. Donna Karan said women were basically asking to get preyed upon by Harvey Weinstein, Lindsay Lohan made a “Leave Harvey alone!!” video, and now Sir Ian McKellen is here to talk about how not all victims may be as squeaky clean as they’re admitting.
The Daily Mail is out with a report saying ol’ Gandalf took part in a conversation at Oxford Union and said some men may not have been able to help it since women were just throwing themselves at men in power to get jobs. Ian explains:
“’I hope we’re going through a period that will help to eradicate it altogether. But from my own experience, when I was starting acting in the early Sixties, the director of the theatre I was working at showed me some photographs he got from women who were wanting jobs. . . some of them had at the bottom of their photograph ‘DRR’ — directors’ rights respected. In other words, if you give me a job, you can have sex with me.”
Oh, Ian, how can you be sure that’s what that meant? A- aren’t headshots part of the norm in acting?? B- Maybe DRR means something else! Like… “Dipshit Royals are Rotten.” Sorry, I just finished season two of The Crown, and it just seems like nobody liked the Royals then (even the Royals themselves!), so maybe the sentiment just trickled down all the way into job applications.
Ian isn’t completely opposed to the movement, and he adds “I assume nothing but good will come out of these revelations, even though some people get wrongly accused.” He does think Kevin Spacey was a real asshole for using his own sex scandal to come out of the closet in hopes that it would divert attention:
“The circumstances in which he chose to do it are reprehensible because it linked alleged underage sex with a declaration of sexuality.”
Ian, who came out in 1988, added Kevin would never be invited to his favorite gay British pub, The Creaky Flamingo. No he didn’t, and there is no Creaky Flamingo (apart from a daddy I used to know in Miami), but it’s fun to imagine a kween-off between Gandalf and Frank Underwood.