Now that the pervquake that rocked Hollywood and the “news” industry last year has settled down to the occasional aftershock, it’s time for the survivors to pick up the pieces and rebuild. They still have jobs. They’re still getting paid. How do they keep the grift going? How do they keep the suckers from putting away their wallets?
For example: House of Cards. Libs finally got their female POTUS, even if it’s only happening on Netflix, and only because the original star of the show turned out to be too much of a monster even for show business. The truncated and final season of the show is coming this fall, so it’s time for the producers and stars to start their image-rehabilitation tour. How do they account for the fact that they enabled Kevin Spacey’s behavior for all those years?
Robin Wright, now the star of the show by default, explains: Gee whiz, she had no idea!
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) July 9, 2018
“Kevin and I knew each other between ‘Action’ and ‘Cut,’ and in-between setups where we would giggle. I didn’t know the man. I knew the incredible craftsman that he is.”
If this were an episode of Robin Wright’s show, this would be the part where she looks into the camera and sneers, “Well, of course I knew the man. And I knew what he was doing. I’m not an idiot. Whereas you people, well…”
Savannah Guthrie asks a good question here: “Was there any kind of red flag or anything that would’ve made you think this is possible?” I know, right? How could a woman work that closely with a man for so many years and claim to have no idea he was a serial sexual predator?
Does that really seem likely?
I don’t believe for one second that these two women had no idea what was going on right under their noses. Even if it didn’t happen to them, even if they didn’t witness it personally, they had to know what was going on. It’s called an “open secret” for a reason. But they kept their mouths shut because they wanted to keep working. And now they’re claiming they had no idea, because they want to keep working.
If hanging onto your career means standing by idly while a few underlings get sexually assaulted… Shrug emoji!
I gave up on House of Cards after it jumped the Metro early in the second season, so I don’t know if the show’s writing has improved at all. But it’s galling that they’re trying to turn Claire Underwood into some sort of #MeToo icon:
A message from the President of the United States. pic.twitter.com/yx0P3qyHfW
— House of Cards (@HouseofCards) July 4, 2018
Riding the coattails of a sexual predator all the way to the White House doesn’t empower women. Assuming you even make it all the way there. Sorry, Hillary.
Question for fans of this show: If you really care about victims of sexual assault, or about good drama, why are you still watching this?
In other bad news for the House of Cards team, and good news for fans of justice, Scotland Yard is now investigating three new allegations against Spacey, back when he was doing theater in England a decade ago. I’ll bet nobody over there had any idea either, right? Wink wink, nudge nudge.
Spacey’s next film, and hopefully his last, is opening next month. It’s called Billionaire Boys Club, and presumably, the title alone was enough to get Spacey on board:
Yeah, that should be a big hit. The thing I don’t get is that this film has been sitting on the shelf for almost three years. Didn’t that give them plenty of time to bring in Christopher Plummer?