Bulling And Complacency In The Silicon Valley
Hollywood can be a scary place that’s for sure. Especially if you’re a newcomer or a struggling filmmaker trying to make it Tinseltown, but hey… almost everyone has experience it. Bill Murray antagonized and bullied Lucy Liu on the set of Charlie’s Angels, Tommy Lee Jones bullied Jim Carrey on Batman Forever and gene Hackman bullied everyone. Including Wes Anderson.
Val Kilmer, Dustin Hoffman and Bruce Willis can be added to the long list of bullies, and apparently TJ Miller should be as well. Just ask Alice Wetterlund. She’s an actress that played Carla Walton in 6 episode stint on Silicone Valley.
The 27 year old actress took her anger and disappointment t twitter and spoke about one of Silicon Valley’s star actors (now ex Silicon valley star actors) TJ. Miller.
“I hope to not ruin it for you, but TJ Miller was a bully and petulant brat and pretty much everyone who had any power on that (almost all male) set, including the male cast members, enabled him and were complicit in his unprofessionalism. They can fuck off forever. “I’m pretty open about this, and I don’t know if other women on the show had a different experience than me, but it was kind of a nightmare.” she tweeted.
Miller has been a known troublemaker (to say the least). In the past few years he’s been arrested for assaulting an Uber driver, he’s been accused of sexual misconduct, and in April of this year, he’s been arrested for causing a false bomb thread on LaGuardia airport. If he’s convicted, Miller could be faced with a lengthy jail sentence.
But it’s not just Miller. It’s the long list of male actors and the men in power in Hollywood who not just do stuff like this, it’s the (I presume) the men who enable that kind of behavior. I can’t know for certain what Miller did to this poor woman, but judging from her Tweets it wasn’t pleasant. However, I’m most concerned that he was allowed to behave this terribly to her and to God knows how many others. I’ll bet that that her Tweets will have the same domino effect of the #MeToo movement, and other people (male or female) like her will speak up publicly not just about Miller, but also about the other bullies like him.
But seriously… Why was that behavior allowed? For the sake of the show? Or it’s just good old pandering? Why (the almost all male people of power) did nothing to stop him? Is it because it was a predominately male TV cast and crew? I don’t want to play the woman card, but would have been things differently handled if there was a woman in charge? We might never know, but yeah… I do like for him to suck it… Maybe a dose of hard cold reality will sober him up, and force him to get his shit together. And as for the other complacent people around him? Will they wake up and smell the coffee?
Probably not. Bullies will continue to exist and sadly the people who put up with their shit will too.