By Joe Fritts
Recently outed actor Kevin Spacey’s career obit had already been written last week, but consequences keep stacking up for the Oscar winner. The latest blow comes from Netflix, the platform behind the hit Spacey-led show, House of Cards. It was announced that Netflix had suspended production of House of Cards, and post production work on Gore, a biopic of Gore Vidal starring Kevin Spacey. As with Harvey Weinstein before him, the fallout has had a larger scope beyond that of the actor.
First of all, more victims are coming forward since Anthony Rapp’s initial allegations on October 29. Harry Dreyfuss (pictured above), son of actor Richard Dreyfuss, has also joined the growing chorus of young men who accuse Spacey of verbal or physical abuse. Dreyfuss claims Spacey touched him on his thigh and worked his way up to his crotch while in London, at Spacey’s home. Dreyfuss’ father and Spacey were rehearsing a play at the time, and the elder Dreyfuss was in the room at the time of the alleged abuse. Harry Dreyfuss was 18 at the time of the incident.
Second, victims are missing out. Victims are missing out on their right to privately and quietly face their harasser, making it harder for potential victims to come forward. If this has been going on for years, then the more people who speak out, the lower the likelihood abuse continues.
Third, Netflix is going to miss out. The streaming video service is already working on a strategy to keep subscribers coming back to its site, and its show House of Cards, their first foray into original content, will not return for its sixth and final season due to the Spacey allegations. Spacey serves as executive producer for the show.
Finally, we miss out. We have to hear about another lecherous man doing lecherous things to someone many years his junior, with the harasser expecting to get away with it due to his fame. Of course, this could be the result of years of escalating rape culture, culminating last year in the release of the Access Hollywood tapes during the presidential campaign. For some reason, Hollywood gives us the Harvey Weinsteins and Kevin Spaceys and makes tabloid fodder of them, but turns a blind eye to the past harassment endured by women by other men in power, namely Donald Trump or Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.