‘Richard Jewell’ Faces Boycott Calls Over ‘Egregiously Sexist’ Depiction of Reporter


One day after the Atlanta Constitution-Journal and editor Kevin Riley threatened the producers and filmmakers of Clint Eastwood’s “Richard Jewell” over its accusations of “malicious fabrications” in the film, calls to boycott the movie are mounting.

The AJC says the movie version of reporter Kathy Scruggs, a real woman who died in 2001, is written as someone who gets story tips in exchange for sexual favors with an FBI agent and behaved unethically and recklessly, and other people — including members of the media — agree.

“Please do not pay to see movies that feature fictional female journalists who sleep with with sources for a story. It’s an egregiously sexist, demeaning, insulting trope and at this stage I don’t see an appropriate response other than a flat-out boycott,” Slate’s Mark Joseph Stern said in a Monday afternoon tweet that racked up 1,300 retweets by Tuesday morning.

Stern continued, “It’s 2019. Smart, thoughtful people have condemned this offensive trope loudly and consistently for years. They have persuasively explained why it is abhorrent. Please do not reward Clint Eastwood for deploying it. Do not pay money for RICHARD JEWELL.”

A rep for Warner Bros. had no comment beyond the studio’s Monday statement responding to the threat of legal action from the AJC, which demanded that the filmmakers issue a public statement that acknowledges they took dramatic and artistic licenses with the story, and that a prominent disclaimer be added to the film.

In a statement, Warner Bros. said the film was based “on a wide range of highly credible source material.”

“There is no disputing that Richard Jewell was an innocent man whose reputation and life were shredded by a miscarriage of justice,” the statement read. “It is unfortunate and the ultimate irony that the Atlanta Journal Constitution, having been a part of the rush to judgment of Richard Jewell, is now trying to malign our filmmakers and cast. ‘Richard Jewell’ focuses on the real victim, seeks to tell his story, confirm his innocence and restore his name. The AJC’s claims are baseless and we will vigorously defend against them.”

Golden Globes 2020: See the Nominees (Photos)

  • Golden Globes Predictions 2020

    The nominees for the 2020 Golden Globes are here! Ricky Gervais will be back to host the ceremony for his fifth time when they air on NBC on Sunday, Jan. 5. See all the nominees announced Monday morning that will all be vying for the top prizes of the best of movies and television in 2019.

  • Best Motion Picture – Drama

    “1917,”

    “The Irishman,”


    “Joker,”


    “Marriage Story” (pictured),


    “The Two Popes”

    Netflix

  • Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

    “Dolemite Is My Name,”

    “JoJo Rabbit” (pictured),

    “Knives Out,”

    “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood,”

    “Rocketman”

    Fox Searchlight

  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

    Cynthia Erivo – “Harriet,”

    Scarlett Johansson – “Marriage Story,”

    Saoirse Ronan – “Little Women,”

    Charlize Theron – “Bombshell,”

    Renee Zellweger – “Judy” (pictured)

    Roadside Attractions/LD Entertainment

  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

    Christian Bale – “Ford v. Ferrari” (pictured),

    Antonio Banderas – “Pain and Glory,”

    Adam Driver – “Marriage Story,”

    Joauqin Phoenix – “Joker,”

    Jonathan Pryce – “The Two Popes”

    Fox

  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

    Ana de Armas – “Knives Out,”

    Awkwafina – “The Farewell,”

    Cate Blanchett – “Where’d You Go, Bernadette?,”

    Beanie Feldstein – “Booksmart” (pictured),

    Emma Thompson – “Late Night”

    Francois Duhamel / Annapurna Pictures

  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

    Daniel Craig – “Knives Out,”

    Roman Griffin Davis – “Jojo Rabbit,”

    Leonardo DiCaprio – “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood,”

    Taron Egerton – “Rocketman,”

    Eddie Murphy – “Dolemite Is My Name” (pictured)

    Francois Duhamel/Netflix

  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture

    Kathy Bates – “Richard Jewell,”

    Annette Bening – “The Report,”

    Laura Dern – “Marriage Story,”

    Jennifer Lopez – “Hustlers” (pictured),

    Margot Robbie – “Bombshell”

    STXfilms

  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture

    Tom Hanks – “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,”

    Anthony Hopkins – “The Two Popes,”

    Al Pacino – “The Irishman” (pictured),

    Joe Pesci – “The Irishman,”

    Brad Pitt – “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood”

    Netflix

  • Best Director – Motion Picture

    Bong Joon Ho – “Parasite,”

    Sam Mendes – “1917,”

    Todd Phillips – “Joker” (pictured),

    Martin Scorsese – “The Irishman,”

    Quentin Tarantino – “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood”

    Courtesy of Warner Bros.

  • Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

    “Marriage Story,”

    “Parasite,”

    “The Two Popes,”

    “Once Upon A Time… in Hollywood” (pictured),

    “The Irishman”

    Sony Pictures

  • Best Motion Picture – Animated

    “Frozen 2,”

    “How to Train Your Dragon – The Hidden World,”

    “The Lion King,”

    “Missing Link,”

    “Toy Story 4” (pictured)

    Walt Disney Studios

  • Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language

    “The Farewell,”

    “Les Misérables,”

    “Pain and Glory,”

    “Parasite” (pictured),

    “Portrait of a Lady on Fire”

    Neon

  • Best Original Score – Motion Picture

    “Motherless Brooklyn,”

    “Little Women,”

    “Joker,”

    “1917,”

    “Marriage Story,”

    Universal

  • Best Original Song – Motion Picture

    “Beautiful Ghosts” – “Cats,”

    “I’m Gonna Love Me Again” – “Rocketman,”

    “Into the Unknown” – “Frozen II,”

    “Spirit” – “The Lion King,”

    “Stand Up” – “Harriet,”

    Walt Disney Studios

  • Best Television Series – Drama

    “Big Little Lies,”

    “The Crown,”

    “Killing Eve,”

    “The Morning Show,”

    “Succession” (pictured)

    HBO

  • Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy

    “Barry,”

    “Fleabag,”

    “The Kominsky Method” (pictured),

    “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,”

    “The Politician”

    Netflix

  • Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

    “Catch-22” (pictured),

    “Chernobyl,”

    “Fosse/Verdon,”

    “The Loudest Voice,”

    “Unbelievable”

    Hulu

  • Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Drama

    Jennifer Aniston – “The Morning Show,” (pictured)

    Olivia Colman – “The Crown,”

    Jodie Comer – “Killing Eve,”

    Nicole Kidman – “Big Little Lies,”

    Reese Witherspoon – “The Morning Show”

    Apple

  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy

    Christina Applegate – “Dead to Me,”

    Rachel Brosnahan (pictured) – “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,”

    Kirsten Dunst – On Becoming a God in Central Florida,”

    Natasha Lyonne – “Russian Doll,”

    Phoebe Waller-Bridge – “Fleabag”

    Amazon

  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

    Kaitlin Dever – “Unbelievable,”

    Joey King – “The Act,”

    Helen Mirren – “Catherine the Great,”

    Merritt Weaver – “Unbelievable,”

    Michelle Williams – Fosse/Verdon” (pictured)

    FX

  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

    Christopher Abbot – “Catch-22,”

    Sacha Baron Cohen – “The Spy” (pictured),

    Russell Crowe – “The Loudest Voice,”

    Jared Harris – “Chernobyl,”

    Sam Rockwell – “Fosse/Verdon”

    JoJo Whilden/SHOWTIME

  • Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series – Drama

    Brian Cox – “Succession,”

    Kit Harington – “Game of Thrones,”

    Rami Malek – “Mr. Robot,”

    Tobias Menzies – “The Crown,”

    Billy Porter – “Pose” (pictured)

    FX

  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy

    Michael Douglas – ‘The Kominsky Method,”

    Bill Hader – “Barry” (pictured),

    Ben Platt – “The Politician,”

    Paul Rudd – “Living With Yourself,”

    Ramy Youseff – “Ramy”

    HBO

  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

    Patricia Arquette – “The Act,”

    Helena Bonham Carter – “The Crown,”

    Toni Collette – “Unbelievable,”

    Meryl Streep – “Big Little Lies” (pictured),

    Emily Watson – “Chernobyl”

    HBO

  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

    Alan Arkin – “The Kominsky Method,”

    Kieren Culkin – “Succession,”

    Andrew Scott – “Fleabag” (pictured),

    Stellan Skarsgard – “Chernobyl,”

    Henry Winkler – “Barry”

    Amazon

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The ceremony airs on NBC on Sunday, Jan. 5

The nominees for the 2020 Golden Globes are here! Ricky Gervais will be back to host the ceremony for his fifth time when they air on NBC on Sunday, Jan. 5. See all the nominees announced Monday morning that will all be vying for the top prizes of the best of movies and television in 2019.

Story first appeared at TheWrap.com


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