As news broke that Amblin are pulling their support for the television show Bull it highlighted the fact that the message of the Time’s Up movement never reached the set of CBS’s hit show.
Details of the culture of sexual harassment on set had been exposed in a brilliant opinion piece in the Boston Globe by Eliza Dushku, a former member of the Bull cast. Former being the significant word. She was sexually harassed and bullied in her place of work whilst her male co-star Michael Weatherly remains. In fact the show has just been renewed for another season.
So rather than time being up for Mr Weatherly it appears he still has time left. Hopefully he will use this time for deep reflection on his actions, but more than likely he will continue to victim blame and perpetuate the messages of toxic masculinity. I urge him towards the former action because it’s never too late to educate yourself and throw off the shackles of ignorance.
It is good news that Amblin and Steven Spielberg have now withdrawn their support for the show after meeting with Dushku. We should all support Dushku and other victims who choose to speak out and who continue to shine a light on how far there is still to go.
I strongly recommend you read the full piece in the Globe and support her message by sharing it far and wide.
Eliza Dushku: I worked at CBS. I didn’t want to be sexually harassed. I was fired
19 December, 2018, 2:32 p.m
“The narrative propagated by CBS, actor Michael Weatherly, and writer-producer Glenn Gordon Caron is deceptive and in no way fits with how they treated me on the set of the television show “Bull’’ and retaliated against me for simply asking to do my job without relentless sexual harassment. This is not a “he-said/she-said” case. Weatherly’s behavior was captured on CBS’s own videotape recordings.” – Read the full article at The Boston Globe