Ryan Murphy has a lot of ideas. One is that you can’t call what he does “camp”, that’s insulting. He calls his aesthetic “baroque” instead. In a recent New Yorker profile, Ryan said that it used to “really bug the shit” out of him when people labeled his work camp, which he says suggests a “musty smallness”. Baroque, on the other hand “ is big”. So one of Ryan’s big, baroque ideas is to do a TV about #metoo inspired by Black Mirror.
According to The New Yorker:
A new idea had bubbled up, however, as he absorbed the #MeToo crisis. The show would be called “Consent”—potentially, a new “American Crime Story.” It would follow a “Black Mirror” model: every episode would explore a different story, starting with an insidery account of the Weinstein Company. There would be an episode about Kevin Spacey, one about an ambiguous he-said-she-said encounter. Each episode could have a different creator.
That actually doesn’t sound as baroque as I feared. I was picturing a lot of comedic scenes of malfunctioning sex bots or of women being inundated by a plague of dick pics. But if Ryan wants to portray Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein on TV, he better be ready to be inundated by a plague of lawyers.
I have a feeling Kevin and Harvey aren’t going to be any more amenable to getting the Ryan Murphy treatment than Olivia de Havilland was. Even though Olivia’s lawsuit was recently thrown out, she seems willing to give up her golden hours (at 101, she probably doesn’t have years left) to continue the fight. Variety reports that Olivia is taking her objections to the California Supreme Court and asking them to review the ruling that said Ryan was free to portray her as baroquely as he wants.
Personally, I think Ryan’s idea to have a new show about #MeToo is a bit redundant. Can’t he just make #MeToo into a season of American Horror Story and leave it at that?