Aziz Ansari skips SAG Awards following sexual misconduct accusation

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Golden Globe winner Aziz Ansari kept his distance from this year’s SAG Awards following recent accusations of sexual misconduct.

Nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series, the Master of None star didn’t make an appearance on the red carpet or at the ceremony on Sunday. 

Ansari shared the SAG Award nomination Anthony Anderson (black-ish), Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Sean Hayes (Will & Grace), Marc Maron (GLOW) and William H. Macy (Shameless), who ultimately won the award.

Earlier in January, Aziz had become the first Asian American male actor to win a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy TV Series. Read more…

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Hollywood power players team up to fight sexual misconduct, led by Anita Hill

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A collection of some of the most powerful people in Hollywood have formed a commission to address issues of sexual harassment and gender inequality in the workplace, naming Anita Hill as its lead.

After the past few months saw dozens upon dozens of accusations of sexual misconduct against people in the entertainment industry and beyond, a group of executives from companies and organizations like Disney, Netflix, Paramount, and the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences formed the Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace, Variety reported Friday. Read more…

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'SNL' Weekend Update gets real about Al Franken, Roy Moore, and sexual misconduct

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Saturday Night Live might have badly dropped the ball at one point this week, but the latest episode’s Weekend Update sketch delivered, at least.

The usual rapid-fire barrage of one-liners from hosts Michael Che and Colin Jost touched on the news of the day — Jerusalem, Donald Trump’s health, a looming possible government shutdown — but the sketch really landed when Cecily Strong arrived to talk about sexual misconduct in Washington, D.C.’s halls of power.

Strong’s “Cathy Anne,” a hard-drinking, drug-abusing political junkie (“and a regular junkie”), delivers a pointed, frequently crass summation of the dichotomy between now-former Senator Al Franken’s recent resignation and Roy Moore’s near-certain Congressional election win in Alabama on Dec. 12.  Read more…

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Olivia Munn blasts Hollywood's handling of sexual misconduct allegations

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While some might view the news out of Hollywood in recent weeks as a seeming reckoning with its nightmare problem of rampant sexual abuse, actor Olivia Munn isn’t convinced that’s the case.

Munn was just one of 6 women who accused director Brett Ratner of sexual misconduct in a Los Angeles Times investigation earlier this month. But though Warner Brothers reportedly severed its ties with Ratner in the wake of the allegations, the Times reports that the studio has yet to cut ties with the director’s production company.  

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Rebel Wilson details own experience with sexual misconduct in Twitter thread

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In a lengthy Twitter thread on Saturday, Rebel Wilson detailed her own experiences with sexual misconduct in Hollywood.

Wilson recalled two separate incidents in her tweets. The first involves a male star in a “position of power,” who Wilson said asked her to enter a room with him, then repeatedly requested that she “stick [her] finger up his ass” while his friends filmed on their phones. Wilson also said that after her agent filed a complaint, she was threatened by the male star’s representatives.

Additionally, Wilson said that early in her career, a director invited her to his hotel room for what she thought was a professional discussion about comedy. Read more…

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Kevin Spacey's statement on sexual misconduct is deeply problematic for the LGBTQ community

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There’s a huge problem with Kevin Spacey’s statement in response to the allegation that he made sexual advances toward a 14-year-old boy. 

Star Trek actor Anthony Rapp alleged in a BuzzFeed News report that, in 1986, Spacey—then aged 26—”placed him [Rapp] on his bed, climbed on top of him” and made a sexual advance.” 

Spacey subsequently released a statement, stating he does “not remember the encounter” as it was “over 30 years ago.” He then describes his sexual misconduct as “deeply inappropriate drunken behaviour.” But, then in a second paragraph, Spacey came out as gay. “I have loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man,” he wrote. Read more…

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