‘This Is the Backlash to the #MeToo Movement’
'The Ingraham Angle' explores the impact of Ally Sheedy's tweets about James Franco — and a letter denouncing Hollywood's 'feminism'
During the Golden Globes on Sunday night, actress Ally Sheedy, whom Vanity Fair reported was watching from home, posted a number of tweets from her unverified Twitter account vaguely suggesting actor James Franco had victimized her in the past.
Sheedy has since deleted the tweets.
Wednesday night on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle,” host Laura Ingraham and EWTN managing editor Raymond Arroyo explored the impact of Sheedy’s tweets — along with the seeds of what may be a backlash to the #MeToo movement.
The iconic French actress Catherine Deneuve, for example, has signed an open letter with 99 other French women denouncing the movement. The letter was published in the French newspaper Le Monde last Tuesday, CNN reported.
In the letter, Deneuve, 74, said, in part, “As women we do not recognize ourselves in this feminism, which beyond denouncing the abuse of power takes on a hatred of men and of sexuality.”
More and more men and women are expressing concerns that the breadth of the #MeToo movement has inadvertently swept up too many men who are undeserving of the wrath now wrought upon them by an overzealous mob.
“This is the backlash to the #MeToo movement,” Arroyo said on “The Ingraham Angle” last night. “The French have a different view of this. Some men have been inappropriately driven from their jobs on just an accusation — one that hasn’t been proven.”
As for Sheedy, Arroyo said, “She claims with two other actresses that there was some chicanery going on.”
“Hollywood undermined itself and [the Time’s Up movement’s] message by giving [James Franco] a Golden Globe when he may be one of the malefactors here.”
On Stephen Colbert’s “Late Show” last Tuesday night, Franco addressed those accusations, albeit awkwardly. He appeared deep in thought at multiple points during the interview — taking lengthy pauses before answering and failing to meet Colbert’s eyes. As of Wednesday night, the exchange had netted more than 712,000 views, and it was YouTube’s #1 trending video.
At one point, Franco expressed befuddlement over Sheedy's intimations that he behaved inappropriately, saying, "I have no idea what I did to Ally Sheedy ... I had nothing but a great time with her ... I have no idea why she was upset."
Later in the interview, when referring to unnamed "others" and after explaining his commitment to taking responsibility for his actions, Franco said, "The things that I heard that were on Twitter are not accurate." He then went on to express his support for the Time's Up movement in general. "If there's restitution to be made, I'll make it."
He added near the end of the interview, "I'm here to listen and learn and change my perspective when it's off. I'm completely willing and I want to."
Franco was not specific in terms of which "things" or which "others" — presumably accusers — to which he was referring in his interview with Colbert. But likely possibilities include actors Sarah Tither-Kaplan and Violet Paley, who had also called him out on Twitter. Tither-Kaplan and Paley, unlike Sheedy, were considerably more specific in their descriptions.
"James Franco just won. Please never ask me why I left the film/TV business."
Sarah Tither-Kaplan, for example, said this on Twitter: "Hey James Franco, now that you have a Golden Globe why don't you give speaking roles that don't require nudity in your upcoming films to the dozens of women who have done full nudity + sex scenes in your indie films and art projects?"
And Paley tweeted this: "James Franco. Remember the time you pushed my head down in a car towards your exposed penis & that other time you told my friend to come to your hotel when she was 17? After you had already been caught doing that to a different 17 year old?"
Sheedy — whose tweets about Franco included the provocative #MeToo hashtag — is perhaps best known as one of the "brat pack" actors in '80s coming-of-age films such as "The Breakfast Club" and "St. Elmo's Fire." James Franco, who won multiple Golden Globe awards on Sunday for his work in "The Disaster Artist," directed Sheedy in an off-Broadway play, "The Long Shrift," in 2014.
Sheedy's now-deleted tweets, per Vanity Fair's reporting, read:
- "James Franco just won. Please never ask me why I left the film/tv business"
- "Ok wait. Bye. Christian Slater and James Franco at a table on @goldenglobes #MeToo"
- "Why is a man hosting? Why is James Franco allowed in? Said too much. Nite. Love ya. #GoldenGlobes"
Michele Blood is a a freelance writer based in Flemington, New Jersey.