I just discovered a new website called Rotten Apples. It allows you to search a database of films and television shows that may have once employed a person who has been accused but not necessarily convicted of being a sexual predator. It's lots of fun. Just to make sure we were starting off on morally high ground here, I started by typing in The Bible. No hits. Thank God, literally, because what could be more embarrassing than if Jesus were played by some pig who pinched a woman's ass once during a photo shoot?
Testing the waters in the other direction, I wondered if porn was okay, so I typed in the title Deep Throat. Whew, once again, we're safe. There were no sexual predators involved in the making of a movie about a woman who sucks dicks because her clitoris is located in her throat.
hat about the kiddies? Should I worry about children being contaminated by watching a movie produced by Harvey Weinstein? Here's where the list gets long, because that pig has over 300 producing credits, including Project Runway. Do we really have to boycott all of Harvey's movies, mom? In fact, one of Harvey's movies, Shakespeare in Love, breaks the record with four sexual predators involved (Harvey, of course, and his brother Bob, Geoffrey Rush and Ben Affleck). But aren't movies made by hundreds of other people, too? Does Gwyneth have to suffer by dint of association?
We can say goodbye to The Pianist, Chinatown, Rosemary's Baby (Polanski); Annie Hall, Hannah and Her Sisters, Midnight in Paris (Woody Allen); Transparent, The Larry Sanders Show, Arrested Development (Jeffrey Tambor); American Beauty, The Usual Suspects, House of Cards (Kevin Spacey); Psycho, The Birds, To Catch A Thief (Hitchcock), and dozens more. Even fucking Star Trek is ruined, thanks to George Takei.
All this begs the question - what good is a Rotten Apples? Would I rather a child watch Home Alone 2 (tainted by a Donald Trump cameo) or a movie directed by Larry Clarke? What possible advantage can it give you to know in advance that one of these bad men worked on these movies? Bad men work on lots of things. If we knew about the sordid personal lives of architects and aviation engineers, would we stop using their buildings and airplanes?
Call me what you will, but I love movies too much to give them up for anybody. I will, however, continue to troll Rotten Apples for my own amusement. When I find something this stupid, it's hard to let go. https://therottenappl.es