15 Examples Of Male Directors' And Actors' Alleged Abuse Of Women On Set, Because We Need To Stop Celebrating These People

    It's time to re-examine the legacies of these men.

    Last month, Charisma Carpenter opened up about the alleged abuse she faced on the set of Buffy and Angel by Joss Whedon.

    These allegations were met with shock and disappointment. But Charisma certainly isn't the only female actor to allege abuse at the hands of male filmmakers, directors, and stars.

    And women have been speaking out about it for just as long. Take Marilyn Monroe, who published the essay "Wolves I Have Known" about the horrible sexism and abuse in Hollywood.

    While the recent #MeToo movement has been a positive reckoning in the industry, there is still so much work to be done. We need to stop celebrating ALL filmmakers and directors who have been abusing women on their sets.

    Here are just some of the many examples of abuse that women allegedly faced on the sets of famous male filmmakers, showrunners, and stars.

    1. Uma Thurman in Kill Bill

    Uma in the film with a sword

    2. Tippi Hedren in The Birds

    birds attacking Tippi in a poster for the film

    3. Ellen Burstyn in The Exorcist

    Ellen in the film

    4. The female cast and crew members of One Tree Hill

    Brooke, Lucas, Peyton, Nathan, and Haley in an early promo shot

    5. Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz

    Judy as Dorothy

    6. Shelley Duvall in The Shining

    Shelly with a knife looking scared in the film

    7. Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos in Blue Is the Warmest Color

    Lea and Adele in the film

    8. Maria Schneider in Last Tango in Paris

    Marlon and Maria in the film

    9. Lana Turner in Ziegfeld Girl

    Lana lying on a bed in the film

    10. Björk in Dancer in the Dark

    Bjork in the film

    11. Amy Adams in American Hustle

    Amy in the film

    12. Lily Tomlin in I Heart Huckabees

    Lily Tomlin in I Heart Huckabees

    13. Thandie Newton in Flirting

    Thandie Newton sitting with Noah Taylor in the film

    14. Marina Sirtis in Death Wish 3

    glamour shot of Sirtis

    15. And finally, Sandra Peabody in The Last House on the Left

    poster for the film

    Abuse — whether sexual, physical, or verbal — should NEVER have to be tolerated for the sake of art. The fact that we justify and brush off these allegations and statements as the price of "true genius" or being in the industry is frankly disgusting. No one should have to deal with these working conditions, and we need to stop giving awards to the people who create them.

    It's time to re-examine the legacies of these men through the lens of the bad things they've done. It's doing a disservice to the victims to continue to praise these people without mention of the women they harmed as part of their "art."

    We need to do better — for these women and for every future female actor who will get abused on set because it's been so normalized.