Tens of Thousands Vote to Remove Casey Affleck From Oscars
Posted 2017/11/06 0 0
Two online petitions are asking the Academy to ban actor Casey Affleck from being a presenter at the next Oscars.
A pair of petitions, each with tens of thousands of signatures, is asking the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to ban Casey Affleck, who won Best Actor last year for his performance in Manchester by the Sea, from the 2018 ceremony.
"In light of the revelations that Harvey Weinstein has been sexually harassing and assaulting women for decades, the Academy Awards recently voted to strip Weinstein of his membership," one petition reads, "but did you know that another accused sexual harasser is set to participate in the 2018 ceremony?"
Traditionally, the previous Best Actor winner presents the award for Best Actress. But with the Oscar ceremony only a few months away, these petitions want to make sure that Affleck is not allowed to do so.
"According to tradition, [Affleck] will present the Best Actress award this year," the petition continues. "With these credible accusations against him, the Academy should take action and rescind the privilege this year."
After receiving over 19,000 signatures, the petition led to the Academy Awards CEO Dawn Hudson revealing during a a pre-Oscars event that the Academy was "giving thought" to the suggestion.
The petitions cite allegations made against Affleck by two women who worked with him on the 2010 mockumentary “I’m Still Here.” Magdalena Gorka, a cinematographer on the film, claimed that Affleck climbed into bed with her uninvited, while Amanda White, a producer, claimed Affleck made unwelcome sexual advances. Both lawsuits were settled, and terms of the settlements prevent either party from discussing details of the cases. Affleck told the Globe in February that while he could not discuss the lawsuits directly, “any kind of mistreatment of anyone for any reason is unacceptable and abhorrent.”