Rotten Apples Is The New Tool You Need To Avoid Supporting Sexual Predators

As a society, it would be fantastic if we didn’t need a database to keep track of the sexual assault and misconduct allegations in Hollywood. Unfortunately, as the slew of high-profile sexual harassment and assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, and more continues, avoiding sexual predators on-screen and behind-the-screen is becoming more difficult by the day.

The new website Rotten Apples (a spoof of the popular movie-rating site Rotten Tomatoes) hopes to clarify some of that confusion by ranking television and movie titles “fresh apples” or “rotten apples” depending on whether problematic figures are involved.

Pulp Fiction, for example, is ranked “rotten apples” due to the involvement of John Travolta, Harvey Weinstein, and Bob Weinstein. Gossip Girl is “rotten” due to Ed Westwick. Each name is linked to a credible article citing the actor, producer, or director in question’s sexual misconduct allegations. (And yes, if you’re wondering, The Apprentice is ranked rotten due to the many sexual misconduct allegations facing President Donald Trump).

“The Rotten Appl.es is a searchable database that lets you know whether or not a film or television show is tied to a person who has been accused of sexual misconduct,” the website reads. “The goal of this site is to further drive awareness of just how pervasive sexual misconduct in film and television is and to help make ethical media consumption easier.”

The database is imperfect, and admittedly so: it gives users the option to submit edits and articles citing new allegations to the owners. It also seems to avoid making sweeping “rotten” classifications; for example, Saturday Night Live is not considered rotten despite Al Franken’s previous involvement and Parks & Recreation is not classified rotten despite its several Louis C.K. cameos (though Louie, of course, is).

Still, there is no better feeling than the rush of relief when typing in Gilmore Girls or The Parent Trap and watching the green “fresh apples” letters pop up.

Given the vast number of films and TV series that need to be ranked, the database is not comprehensive — but the idea behind helping viewers to identify which of their favorite shows inadvertently support sexual predators is a sound one.

 

 

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