The misogyny and sexism found in the entertainment industry has repeatedly manifested in another insidious ways. In the wake of the #MeToo movement, women have come forward about the abuse they encountered with many men. One of the men outed for harassment was director Brett Ratner, whose accusers included Olivia Munn, Ellen Page, and Natasha Henstridge in this horrifying LA Times article.
Unfortunately, these women’s accounts were not enough to impede Ratner’s career. He was still scheduled to direct the sequel to Wonder Woman; but Gal Gadot -- despite being a relatively new arrival -- refused to reprise the titular role under Ratner. Since her balanced performance of Wonder Woman had been a titanic part of the film’s success, Warner Brothers was compelled to oust Ratner. Gambling her newfound star power paid off big time, and good thing -- it would have been egregious if an icon of female empowerment was helmed by someone with a litany of accusations lodged against him by women. Gadot scored a win -- and she didn’t even have to use the lasso.
The #MeToo movement is not contained to cis-women, it’s encouraged all those who have faced harassment to give voice to their experiences. Actor Anthony Rapp alleges that at just 14 years old, future two-time Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey, then 26, made a sexual advance towards him. On the advice of a lawyer, Rapp says, he declined to pursue a case, so he remained silent about the assault for over 30 years.