If the White House could be made entirely out of playing cards, it would be a sight to remember. A far more memorable sight would be watching every queen and king flutter in the wind as some great force sends the illusion tumbling down.
Around the Oscar-Winning Actor Kevin Spacey and several ideas, Netflix had carefully constructed their own beautiful House of Cards on their streaming platform. Since its debut in 2013, House of Cards has been nothing but a success. The hit show ran for five seasons and was set to hit production again just before Anthony Rapp came forth about his sexual assault experience with Spacey when Rapp was 14.
Now, it’s 52 pick up – only a large portion of the playing cards are crinkled. With every new voice speaking up, another ace is ripped in half.
As Bryan Cranston has said, Kevin Spacey’s career is over, and may we the board say rightfully so. Sexual assault and abuse of power must not be tolerated by men or women in the workforce, no matter the industry.
Alongside of Netflix suspending production of House of Cards, if not cancelling the series completely, Spacey’s role in Ridley Scott’s next film ‘All the Money In The World’ releasing December 22 was replaced by an entirely different actor. Scott and the film’s producers did not care if the replacement shooting and editing would cost millions of dollars.
Film festival organizers have even started pulling Spacey featured films from their lineups and replacing them with other films within days of shows.
That being said, we also believe that the show in its entirety does not have to stop with the fall of Kevin Spacey. One show’s decline will cost many more actors, producers, and crew members their jobs as well as it costs Spacey’s credibility.
House of Cards has far more to explore than Frank Underwood, especially since the latest season has his wife and vice president Claire Underwood taking over as the 47th president of the United States.
Spacey has since apologized for his past behavior online, specifically towards the allegations from Rapp, instead of denying any of the claims.
“I honestly do not remember the encounter, it would have been over 30 years ago. But if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior, and I am sorry for the feelings he describes having carried with him all these years,” Spacey had said on Twitter about Rapp’s allegations back in October.
A total of 15 men have since come forth behind Rapp with horror stories of their own.
However, alongside apologizing, Spacey also chose to use this message to hint on his long-term experience with his very private sexuality. He uses his sexuality as ammo good use of metaphor in his apology, almost like he attempted place his ever tumbling playing cards over the claims made against him in hopes it would save his career.
Hollywood is beginning to stand against abusers no matter their identity. What better way to send off a man abused of sexual crimes than raise his victims and costars well beyond him?
Madame President Claire Underwood will see you now and she doesn’t need any of Frank’s help.
This editorial was written by Jenna Daroszewski based on the stance of a Media Milwaukee editorial board.