Showtime is at present in a authorized battle with an actress who was fired from her physique double position on The Affair after complaining about what she alleges to be sexual harassment. Naturally, at a time of unprecedented scrutiny into the best way Hollywood treats ladies, the corporate has determined to deal with the state of affairs with immense condescension.
Some background: In September of 2015, Ashlynn Alexander confirmed as much as work to be the physique double for Affair star Ruth Wilson. She then says she discovered that assistant director Travis Rehwaldt had listed her position on that day’s name sheet as “Alison Sexytime Double” as an alternative of “Alison Physique Double,” which is what was often used. Because the Hollywood Reporter reported back in July:
“Ms. Alexander was humiliated,” writes legal professional Troy Kessler within the grievance filed Thursday in New York state courtroom. “She takes her profession critically and knew that everybody engaged on The Affair learn the decision sheet and would see her diminished to a sexual object.”
Nevertheless it was when she confronted the assistant director, her direct supervisor, that shit apparently hit the fan.
The actress says she complained to Rehwaldt the following day and he admitted the language was inappropriate, but in addition belittled her and informed her she could possibly be simply changed. Every week later she was fired.
On the time, Alexander was allegedly informed that she was let go as a result of her hair didn’t match that of Ruth Wilson, regardless that she’d been carrying a wig. Alexander determined to sue Showtime, Doable Productions—which produces The Affair—and Rehwaldt for retaliation and discrimination.
Earlier this week, in a movement to both transfer the lawsuit to arbitration or have it dismissed, Showtime and Doable’s authorized illustration argued that “Sexytime Double” was really an correct and educational time period to verify the manufacturing workforce knew how you can make her up. They argued, through THR:
“To the extent the Name Sheet refers to ‘Alison attractive time’ in any respect, that reference seems within the ‘Directions’ portion of the Name Sheet, which incorporates detailed directions on props, sound, set costume, location, hair, and make-up, the aim of which is to make sure that the set and actors are made up appropriately for the scene about to be filmed.”
After which got here out with this weird analogy:
“It could make no sense, as an example, for an actor portraying a dying soldier on the seashores of Dunkirk to be dressed up for a vogue present, freshly showered, clear shaven and coiffed.”
The issue right here isn’t that decision sheets present details about how you can fashion actors. It’s that the language was pointless and inappropriate. Maybe a extra correct Dunkirk analogy can be if the actor portraying a dying British soldier on the seashores of Dunkirk was listed as a “Limey Carcass” (or one thing really humiliating).
Showtime then provides that Alexander “can subsequently scarcely complain that the hair and make-up directions in query supplied that the Alison character be made up for ‘attractive time’ when the scene in query concerned intimate close-up pictures of Alison engaged in simulated sexual activity, notably when that was exactly the scene for which Plaintiff was employed.”
Once more, up till that time, it appears Alexander’s position was known as “Alison Physique Double,” and the directions managed to get the specifics of her location, hair, make-up, and so on., with out utilizing “Sexytime.” Additionally, the lawsuit is extra about Alexander allegedly getting fired for expressing that she was uncomfortable with the language.
It goes with out saying that sexual harassment takes plenty of types, and it’s of utmost significance that we don’t sideline some experiences as a result of they aren’t as high-profile or don’t have something to do with Harvey Weinstein. The underlying sexism is similar in each case.
I suppose Showtime’s legal professionals are simply doing their job. However whereas undermining a lady for expressing that she was harassed after which fired as a result of she spoke up is all the time a shitty factor to do, doing it at a time when there may be a lot consideration on the significance of believing ladies in Hollywood is a very unhealthy look.