With the spate of sexual harassment and misconduct allegations in Hollywood, many people understandably want to avoid certain films and TV shows.
In fact, before Netflix sacked Kevin Spacey from House Of Cards and decided to focus on Robin Wright’s character Claire Underwood, many people were calling for a boycott of the show.
But a website has been created to make it easier for you to know what films are associated with an alleged harasser.
Rotten Apples is a website in which people can share movies and TV shows to find out if there’s any ‘bad apples’ involved.
If there is, the screen flashes ‘rotten apples’ – but if there’s no individual linked to the project that has been accused of sexual misconduct, the message ‘fresh apples’ pops up.
‘Individual’ applies to a cast member, screenwriter, executive producer or director.
So, if you search Oscar favourite Call Me By Your Name, or the all-time classic Space Jam, you’re in the clear…
But searching Good Will Hunting will link you to not one, but four people – Ben Affleck, who was accused of groping Hilarie Burton; Casey Affleck, who has been accused of harassment; Harvey Weinstein, who is accused of the harassment and assault of over 80 women; and Bob Weinstein, who is accused of paying off some of his brother’s accusers.
And when you search American Beauty, Kevin Spacey comes up, with a link to the allegations made against him.
All of the names off ‘rotten apples’ are hyperlinked to reputable news sources reporting the allegations made against them.
Co-creator Tal Wagman told the New York Times: ‘We’re definitely not advocating for boycotting anyone’s films.’ Instead, he says he wants to give people the option to make ‘ethical media consumption decisions’.
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Fellow creator Annie Johnston said: ‘Every day, there’s more and more allegations that are coming to light, it’s really important that we don’t tune out and normalize this. That’s why we want to keep the site up.’
However, the creators conceded to the newspaper that they will probably be forced to take the site down.
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