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re: Commentary: Is Scott Rudin’s apology enough? A new era demands more
Posted by: NewtonUK 01:10 pm EDT 04/19/21
In reply to: re: Commentary: Is Scott Rudin’s apology enough? A new era demands more - ryhog 07:50 pm EDT 04/18/21

It's definitely a situation fraught with issues. Scott isnt going to cease to exist, and it would be unfair to ask him to. He certainly needs therapy, and anger management! My understanding (possibly incorrect) is that MUSIC MAN has no investors other than Rudin, Barry Diller, and perhaps one or two of his other Hollywood colleagues. WEST SIDE has very few. I would think that MUSIC MAN will cost at least $20 million. I would think that at least $5 million is Rudin's.

It would be hard to justify 'cancelling' the show unless he removes his money, as he has yet to commit any crime we know of other than misdemeanor assault or battery. And no one has filed charges. So he would have the potential of making a profit on MUSIC MAN. A show which only will exist because Rudin used his clout, in a positive way, to put together the A list cast and creative team, and get the Shuberts to send BEETLEJUICE packing (due to Stop Clause early in the run) so that MUSIC MAN could have the Winter Garden.

I do hear a lot of chatter of people so horrified by Rudin that he should never be allowed to do anything anywhere ever as long as he lives. I think these people should perhaps take a deep breath.

Not that it is likely - but if Rudin gets good help, and never bullies a person again - why should a man of his talents be forbidden from making plays and musicals and films? Cancel Culture bothers me. Its great that things come out in the light, and perpetrators must face their actions. But they shouldnt lose their lives unless, like Weinstein, they commit crimes that lead them to prison. Felons are in a different class.

I worked on a show in the not too distant past where a member of the team was brought up on charges of Discrimination and Harrassment. The producer hired a labor attorney, as well as an independent HR investigator with union approval. After spending $100,000+, and having HR interviews with almost every person involved in the production - the upshot was that the 'accused' was indeed found to be an asshole and a bully - but had done nothing actionable, and nothing that violated the production's anti-Discrimination, anti-Harrassment policy.

the greyness of these areas is blinding.
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