ran across this article by Women & Hollywood and thought it was a good read. It brought up some very interesting points. How do we tread this system as women in hollywood? Do we work with ppl who have been accused of abuse, do we support their shows, films, projects, etc...
What about the ppl behind the scenes that don't get as much media attention. Do we work with the agent that has been abusive or battling addiction? Do you even do the research to find out what type of character you are aligning yourself with in any situation. A production company, management, director, actor and the list goes on.
I sadly must admit, that I've read the headlines before in regards to Charlie Sheen, shake my head and then watch the show with hubby. This was any eye opener for me.
Let's take it one step further shall we. Not just our dealings with Charlie Sheen but even with music videos.
Now as I got older I have found my sensibilities dwindling and have become completely intolerant to rap and hip hop and especially music videos these days. But, I know plenty of women who will sing along, dance, buy the albums, etc...and will totally support an artist who BLATANTLY disrespects women in their lyrics and in their videos.
How can we as women take offense at how men portray us, talk to us, treat us, on these mediums but yet we know the lyrics, watch the videos, watch the films, work with them and will even audition for these men?
So I will ask again, how far do women go in perpetuating and endorsing the Charlie Sheens?
Please read this great article by Women & Hollywood
There is a power disparity in Hollywood. A big one. The men have got it. It is never more evident when one of the most high profile people exhibits behavior that makes the whole country and society take note. The man on display for the last several weeks has been Charlie Sheen - the highest paid actor on TV.
The thing is that Charlie Sheen has been acting like an ass, abusing women and abusing drugs for some time. But clearly, he crossed a line last week when he went after CBS’ cash cow - Chuck Lorre, the Executive Producer of Two and Half Men and several other CBS shows. And now that it’s gotten him fired, people are wondering, especially the ever eloquent David Carr at the NY Times, what took so long and why can a person get away with being a serial abuser against women but when he talks about his boss, a dude with money, that’s when he gets the boot.
I’m not trying to excuse what he said to Mr. Lorre. It was unacceptable and anti-Semitic. But people this is not news. Sheen he has been acting like this for some time. He abused his ex-wife Denise Richards. He abused his ex-wife Brooke Mueller. He beat up an escort in the Plaza Hotel in NYC on a bender last fall.
But none of those things got him into trouble at work—even though his bosses knew that he was abusing drugs and women—until he insulted Chuck Lorre who CBS is in business with on multiple shows and wants to stay in business with a long time.
As David Carr says:
So the message from CBS and Warner Brothers seems clear: abuse yourself and the women around you to your heart’s content, but do not attack the golden goose.
We can all nod and wink and say “it’s Hollywood, what do you expect?” CBS and Time Warner may be in the entertainment business, but they are both publicly traded companies with shareholders, corporate ethics policies and, one presumes, many female employees who don’t particularly care to see a highly paid employee (Mr. Sheen, between his share of syndication and a salary of $1.2 million per episode, makes enough to put him at the top of the food chain in most of corporate America) continually threaten to use women as punching bags.