21 petitions

Started 1 week ago

Petition to guillermo del toro

Guillermo del Toro: Renounce Support for Roman Polanski and Woody Allen

Dear Mr. Del Toro, You have made a career out of using film to explore culture and society. You have used monsters as an allegory for imperfection and outcasts. You have told stories of people put in dire circumstances by horrible people in power. These things have earned you acclaim and respect from fans and critics around the world. You have spoken at great length about your disdain for unjust authority. Your villains tend to be men in positions of power who take advantage of people, especially women in children. Your heroes have been those who have the courage to stand up to these horrible people in the name of truth and justice. Despite this, in 2009, you and over 100 others in the film industry signed a petition calling for the release of fugitive Roman Polanski, who has been fleeing child rape charges since the 1970s. You also have voiced appreciation for the films of Woody Allen, while saying nothing of his accusations of sexual assault and having married his own adopted daughter. This is especially heinous considering Dylan Farrow's contributions to uncovering the Harvey Weinstein scandal that has made waves of change in Hollywood this year. The dissonance between the ideals espoused in your work and these apparent gestures of support for accused sexual predators is appalling and hypocritical. All of the beauty and good will expressed in your work rings hollow if you do not embody these ideals in the real world. As you said during your speech at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards, in Hollywood one must occasionally make a deal with the devil in order to succeed. Many in the entertainment industry have confessed that their careers were threatened if they were not silent and supportive of sexual predators. If this is what lead you to these actions, we understand why you would do something so contrary to your supposed nature. While it would not absolve you of responsibility for your actions, admission of wrongdoing could perhaps pave the way to forgiveness and healing. Perhaps your admiration for their work has lead to a reticence to confront the controversy surrounding them. While it is difficult to admit people you admire have done wrong, confronting their crimes or indiscretions is essential. Not only does it promote healthy criticism and analysis of their work, it creates an environment where wealth and prestige are irrelevant in regards to holding people accountable for their actions. The elite and privileged are not held to different standards than ordinary people. We, as fans of your work and admirers of the ideals you claim to champion, ask that you make a statement unambiguously condemning sexual assault and those in Hollywood who commit it. We demand an explanation and an apology for your support of accused sexual predators. We desire an acknowledgement that admiring the work of Roman Polanski or Woody Allen does not excuse you or them for acknowledging the traumatic and irreparable harm done by their alleged assaults. We hope that in the future, you and Hollywood at large continue to combat the ongoing struggles of discrimination and misconduct within the industry and sever all ties with those who have done wrong. The time has come for us to point out the faults in our stars and hold those we admire accountable. By signing this petition, we seek to reach out to a man whose works we love and are inspired by, and whose actions we are concerned and disappointed by. Mr. Del Toro, if you wish to restore the trust of your fans, we implore you to please acknowledge your mistakes and do better in the future. Sincerely, Chandler Harrell  

Chandler Harrell
8 supporters
Started 4 weeks ago

Petition to Universal Studios, Peter Jackson

Universal Studios: remember Hester Shaw's disfigurement (Mortal Engines)

The first teaser trailer for 'Mortal Engines', produced by Peter Jackson, was recently released. While fans and newcomers alike are excited, one detail stands out: Hester Shaw, the redhead seen in the trailer, has two eyes. In the book, she only has one. While the lower half of her face is hidden– implying her scar is still there, and her two-eye-status is so this scar can be dramatically revealed– the change is enough to elicit worry. We don't know– maybe it'll all be fine!– but I don't want to risk it. Hester Shaw is ugly. She is disfigured, with facial paralysis resulting in a 'permanent sneer, and only a snub of a nose'. Some changes are fine. I can live with her having two eyes for dramatic effect. What worries me is erasing her scar, and with it, her disability. Hester's character begins with her being brutally disfigured in an attack, and with it, she loses all hope she can ever be loved or viewed as anything other than a monster. She's brutal and aggressive, but this helps hide the shy, young woman she is inside– more specifically, the shy, human woman society has forced her to hide. Disfigured characters are rare in Hollywood. Disfigured female characters are rarer. And in both cases, they are almost always villains. Hester Shaw is important representation for people with scars and disfigurements, and her journey is important to them. Universal, please remember: Hester Shaw's scar is not a papercut. It impacts her life every day, it is part of her, part of what makes her an iconic, awesome character.  

Anna Blaushild
132 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to USC School of Cinematic Arts, Dean Elizabeth Daley, Vice Dean Akira Lippit, Cinema and Media Studies Chair Anikó Imre

Remove Bryan Singer's Name from the USC School of Cinematic Arts

We, the students of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, are formally requesting that Bryan Singer’s name be removed from our Division of Cinema and Media Studies. It is completely unacceptable that this prestigious department within our school still carries the name of Bryan Singer, a man accused multiple times of sexual harassment, assault, and pedophilia. Despite Singer’s philanthropic work for SCA, having his name attached to a division of the School of Cinematic Arts gives the impression that we, both as an institution and as members of the entertainment industry, value his financial contributions over the safety, respect and future of students. It sets a precedent of lenience for sexual criminals and further undermines the visibility and respect that victims of harassment and assault deserve. Sexual harassment and assault are prevalent issues in Hollywood, the entertainment industry, and the American workplace as a whole, and they require action to catalyze change, little by little. By continuing to associate Mr. Singer’s name with our university, USC is openly supporting a man who has been publicly accused of reprehensible sexual misconduct. As USC students and alumni, we hold ourselves to a standard of respect, and the SCA administration’s actions are not representative of that standard. We applaud USC and SCA for refusing Harvey Weinstein’s donation; however, this division name change is overdue, and it is a gross administrative error that it has been allowed to remain. It is only consistent with our institutional morality to make this change.   As students of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, we implore Dean Elizabeth Daley and the appropriate administration to change the name of the Bryan Singer Division of Cinema & Media Studies to simply the SCA Division of Cinema & Media Studies. Our university should promote education, respect, and consent, as well as prepare its students to be model members of the USC and entertainment communities, and this continued relationship with Mr. Singer publicly negates those values. With all due respect, The Students of the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California.     Adrian Vega-Albela Osorio, Division of Film and Television Production Emily Halaka, Division of Animation and Digital Arts           Ben Montez, Division of Cinema and Media Studies Jennifer Smart, Division of Cinema and Media Studies Tara Shivkumar, Division of Writing for Screen and Television Carolyn DiLoreto, Division of Media Arts + Practice Bartow Weiss, Division of Interactive Media and Games  

Emily Halaka
4,438 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to City Of Cleveland, John Kasich, Board of Greater Media Development Corporation, Mayor Frank Jackson

Elect Emmy Winning Alex Michaels the New Cleveland Film Commissioner

No doubt many of us have “Stars in our eyes” from seeing Bruce Willis and Matthew McConaughey in town. As Cleveland Cinema Czar, I definitely welcome them and any other stars and Hollywood productions here. Yet, let’s look at a more lasting relationship. While it is nice to have a pair of movies shooting in Cleveland, make no mistake, this is not creating an industry here. Some of us who depend on their over a $100K a year salary from the city in terms of grants and taxpayer money will no doubt point to this as their crowning achievement. Of course, Cleveland being a location for Hollywood movies, does bring attention here, but the jury is still out on the number of jobs it creates. Yet, if the Man in the Ivory tower at WKYC had ever produced a movie, he would know that you need to have more than tax incentives to “create an industry.” Our tax incentive pales in comparison to these places which also support studio and independent producers.  Looking down on low budget producers is not going to win one any awards either. All producers at one point and time, even the Russo Brothers, were low budget producers. There is a lot to be learned from making a movie and that is where I feel I have more skill at knowing how to create an industry here. Even if my budgets have been no or low, there is still knowledge acquired from actually producing a movie instead of just providing locations for one. I won’t ask the city for over a hundred thousand dollars a year, but I will ask for support in building a real industry here that benefits all the local filmmakers and also welcomes incoming Hollywood and indie productions from all over who can see the benefits of shooting here. I am definitely dedicated to my hometown and I have done what I can to make things happen here. Of course, the city of Cleveland is more than welcome to continue paying six figures a year for Hollywood to come here, close down some streets and if we are lucky as a crew, get a few days of work or as an actor get to be an extra (which I have done a few times). Although everyone who acts knows, another name for extras is “BACKGROUND” and that is what Cleveland has been to the Movie Industry. We are just a Background location. We want more. We can offer more. We will not get it the way we are going with some people in charge. It is time, we step out into the light. I am here. The question is, Cleveland, are you willing to support one of your own? Sincerely Alex P. Michaels

Alex Michaels
39 supporters