Dame Judi Dench doesn’t understand why y’all can’t separate the artistry from the alleged sexual assaulter.
The legendary actress doubled down on her notion that the gifts of Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein should be continued untainted
As for that removal, Dench mused:
“What kind of agony is that? Are we going to negate 10 years at the Old Vic and everything that he did[ as artistic director]- how wonderful he’s been in all those movies? ”
For those who don’t know, Spacey served as the Old Vic’s artistic director from 2004 -2 015 — during which, the London theater said he was facing 20 accusations of “inappropriate behavior.”
To be clear, the Red Joan ace didn’t defend either of the men nor reject the accusations of sexual assault that ought to have levied against them. She’s only defending the study they created.
She said of Weinstein:
“Are we just not going to see all those films that Harvey produced? You cannot deny person a talent.”
Maybe not. But if that “talent” was fueled by predatory behavior, is it genuinely a flair we want to be celebrating?
Dench apparently thinks so. She went on to compare Weinstein and Spacey to other scandalous creators like Noel Coward , a British playwright and actor who was accused of predatory behavior, and Caravaggio , a famous Italian painter and murderer — showing their art’s contributions to society outweighed any flagrant acts they may or may not have committed.
“You might as well never look at a Caravaggio painting. You might as well never have gone to see Noel Coward.”
Look, Judez , no one’s trying to take Good Will Hunting or the first 5 seasons of House of Cards away from you. That’s not what #MeToo is trying to do.
#MeToo is about whistleblowing the people who have abused their superpower for years and eliminate them from their positions so they don’t hinder sexually assaulting( or in a number of cases, slaughtering) people. It’s so others who may be in similar locations is recognized that we as a society aren’t letting them “re going away” with it anymore.
Sure, an effect of that might be less people eventually get around to watching The Usual Suspects … but aren’t our Netflix queues backed up enough as it is?
What do U “ve been thinking about” the thespian’s remarks?
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