Leftist Media Rip Academy for Awarding ‘F*cking Creep’ Casey Affleck Best Actor Prize
Casey Affleck won the Best Actor prize for his role in the film Manchester by the Sea at Sunday night’s Oscars — but in the process, the actor waded into a storm of controversy and criticism from several left-leaning media outlets over previous allegations of sexual assault.
Most Hollywood insiders and media outlets already knew about the allegations concerning Affleck well before the Oscars. In 2010, the 41-year-old actor allegedly sexually harassed and physically assaulted producer Amanda White and cinematographer Magdalena Górka while directing the bizarre, Joaquin Phoenix-starring mockumentary I’m Still Here.
The women sued; White, who abandoned the project, accused the director of physically assaulting her after she refused to share a hotel room with him. Górka, who also reportedly left the film before shooting wrapped, alleged that she woke up in her room late one night to find a drunken Affleck in her bed, wearing nothing but underwear and a T-shirt. There were also accusations that Affleck had allegedly referred to women on set as “cows,” and encouraged a male crew member to flash his genitalia in White’s face.
Affleck vehemently denied the allegations. The two separate civil cases were closed and settled out of court after the director reached an undisclosed settlement with his accusers.
After he was handed the coveted Best Actor award Sunday, harsh criticism of Affleck and Hollywood’s sexist “Boys Club” flowed in from around the Internet on Monday.
“F*cking Creep Wins Oscar” is how Jezebel’s Joanna Rothkopf described his win.
“The Hollywood Boys Club That Supports Casey Affleck’s Oscar Nom Is A Total Disgrace” read one headline from a Huffington Post contributor.
One writer at Bustle saw the 41-year-old taking home one of the night’s most coveted prizes as an opportunity to explain, “What Casey Affleck’s Oscar Win Tells Us About Men In Positions Of Power.”