If blackface had a slogan, it might be Blackface: No, Don’t Do It. So obviously people got very upset when they heard that a child actor on the set of Seth Rogen’s latest film Good Boys was put in makeup to make him look darker than he is.
A few days after Oprah gave a girl power-themed acceptance speech at the Golden Globes, Seal dragged her on Instagram by heavily implied that she knew about Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual assault for decades. Well, guess who’s the one being investigated for alleged sexual assault now? TMZ says that Seal is currently the subject of a sexual battery investigation.
So far, Disney and Guy Ritchie have been slammed for a couple of decisions they’ve made while making the live-action Aladdin. They got slammed for casting a non-Arab Princess Jasmine and for throwing in a random new white character. And now Disney is being accused of making up extras to look more brown.
If you need to know how Lena Dunham is feeling today, my guess is about a shade or two more “oh fuck” than the face she’s making in that picture. It’s exhausting trying to disassociate yourself from a former colleague/current alleged rapist when they keep making the news.
Last month, actress Aurora Perrineau filed a police report with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department accusing former Girls writer Murray Miller of raping her when she was 17. She reportedly passed a lie-detector test. Murray denied everything. After Aurora’s rape story was reported, Lena Dunham threw her whole “believe all women” mantra out the window and jumped to Murray’s defense. Both Lena and her Girls co-showrunner Jenni Konner released statements implying Aurora was lying. Lena later backtracked with an apology and an excuse about defending the type of people who fill her “world with love.” According to Variety, Murray might have also been filling Lena’s world with bullshit. When Aurora’s story broke, Murray’s lawyers released a statement accusing her of attempting to scam him for a “substantial” amount of hush money before she went to the police. Lawyers for Murray have since backtracked on that.
Another woman has come forward to spray lighter fluid on funeral pyre of Jeffrey Tambor’s career with accusations that she too has been the victim of physical and sexual harassment at his hands. As reported in The Hollywood Reporter, trans actress Trace Lysette who plays Shea on Transparent, alleges that Jeffrey used his words, lips and (gulp) in one instance his bare feet to make her feel icky and trapped.
Earlier this month, Jeffrey Tambor’s former assistant Van Barnes accused him of “acting inappropriately” around her. Jeffrey denied it, and accused her of being “disgruntled” (so basically, he’s Hank Kingsley in real life?). Merely saying you didn’t do it isn’t enough to make it go away, and Jeffrey’s bosses at Amazon, who produce Transparent, decided to look into it.