Within a day of discovering the star of one of its flagship programs was accused of making an unwanted sexual advance on a minor, Netflix suspended production on “House of Cards.” This, as well as the brand’s lack of extensive comment on the allegation against actor Kevin Spacey, follows the suggestions a crisis communications firm made to marketers vexed about what to do in the wake of multiple sexual assault and harassment allegations against Hollywood’s Harvey Weinstein.
With light shining on the dark crevices where sexual assault and harassment stories are covered up, many women — as well as some men — are revealing that they’ve survived peril with the #metoo hashtag. And if brands don’t have anything good to say about this, then they shouldn’t say anything at all, says a crisis communications firm.
Producer Pierre-Ange Le Gogam and mogul Harvey Weinstein are having a battle royal of the new biopic about Grace Kelly scheduled for a first-night showing at the Cannes film festival. The star, Kelly look-alike Nicole Kidman was scheduled to fly in from Australia to lend her presence. Weinstein, who put up the money, went ballistic. The New York Times story by Michel Cieply never give a reason for the stinky-poo.