Judd Apatow Explains How To Fix Hollywood’s Problems
Judd Apatow is a husband and father of two girls, so you would hope that all of the allegations surfacing in Hollywood toward powerful producers, actors, and directors would hit home for him. As a powerful director, writer, and producer himself, it’s important for men in the industry like him to use their voice against the grain of what’s been the narrative for the past few weeks. Apatow did an interview with Deadline, in which he explains how the industry can avoid having so many problems with sexual misconduct
Judd explained: “There’s always rapists, there’s always murderers. There’s always people who commit sexual harassment. It’s just about how we deal with it. It’s never going to be gone, but we can say it’s not acceptable at all, and then hopefully it changes the frequency. I think that’s happening; I think that will happen. I do think that this is going to change the way a lot of people do business. I’m very hopeful about it, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to go away completely. Creeps are creeps, and they’ll look for ways.”
The filmmaker also explained that people in charge, when notified of these situations, need to actually do something about it. He mentioned an incident with Daryl Hannah, who accused Weinstein of inappropriate behavior while she was filming Kill Bill. She reportedly told people—including her director—she had to put a dresser in front of her door to prevent Weinstein from coming in. He questions the people presented with this terrible information and still staying quiet saying, “How come all of the people that she contacted didn’t do anything? All they did, according to her, was take her off of the rest of the press tour. Nobody said, ‘I’m not going to work with Harvey again.’ Nobody said, ‘I’m going to tell somebody in a position of power, so that he can be dealt with in the manner in which he should have been? To me, that’s one of the prime examples of what’s wrong with our industry…If one of the lead actresses of my film called me up and said, ‘I had to put a dresser up against the door because one of your producers was trying to push his way in,’ I would never work with that person again, and I would tell somebody. So, why aren’t people telling people? That’s the issue.”
Apatow finally suggests that putting more women in powerful positions will reduce sexual harassment and abuse–after all, these allegations all stem from abuses of power from men at the top. He believes more female executives, directors, and “showrunners” will create an environment that is more supportive of women, and also says that we need to educate people on what’s appropriate for a meeting, and what’s not (ie hotel rooms).
“People don’t realize what’s improper, sometimes. There are certain situations people should not be in. Nobody should be in a hotel room having a meeting. Just below every hotel room is a restaurant, or a conference room, or a sitting area. There’s no reason to go up to anybody’s room. Maybe people need to learn more about that. Here are the warning signs…We have to educate people to weed a lot of these people out, but we also have to educate people to not be in certain situations. We have to do all of that.”