We’ve all been disgusted by the allegations against Hollywood power players like Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and Bryan Singer. (Well, almost all of us.) For those of us who want to not support known harassers and predators, it can be difficult. There are obvious ways to avoid problematic projects — like, say, a new Roman Polanski film — but with producers like Weinstein, it can be more difficult to spot whether a proven Hollywood creep was involved. Thankfully, the new website Rotten Apples is here to help.
Rotten Apples has a very simple interface. Basically it’s just a text box in the middle of the page and not much else. Simply put your movie or TV show title of choice in the box, hit return and wait. Soon enough, you’ll get an easy-to-read result. If you’ve chosen a “rotten apples” film, it’ll provide links to articles providing proof for its inclusion.
Here’s the Rotten Apples page for a movie with no known harassers:
Here’s what you see when you find a movie with creep involvement on Rotten Apples:
Admittedly, the site’s not perfect. It takes a while for Rotten Apples to get the results. There’s no way to choose between films with similar titles. For example, searching for the anime classic Akira brings up (the admittedly outstanding) Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams — certified “fresh apples,” by the way.
Still, the site’s in its infancy. And its (anonymous) creators admit to not being perfect:
The Rotten Appl.es is a searchable database that lets you know whether or not a film or television show is tied to a person who has been accused of sexual misconduct.
In the case of this website, the ‘person’ is defined as a cast-member, screenwriter, executive producer or director.
The goal of this site is to further drive awareness of just how pervasive sexual misconduct in film and television is and to help make ethical media consumption easier.
By no means is this site meant to serve as a condemnation of an entire project.
This database is not perfect, nor are the results meant to be taken as fact. Each link is sourced from an existing article and is not a reflection of our own opinions.
If you believe there is an error or a missing name, please let us know […] and we’ll fix it as soon as possible.
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