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Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair. Other bylines: NY Times, EW, Vulture, GQ, Salon, THR, Variety, HuffPost. Journalist, writer, artist, witch 🌈 💚 She/her
Dec 17, 2021 8 tweets 3 min read
incoming thread... in a good way! SOME NEWS: I'm 🔥writing 🔥a 🔥book 🔥about 🔥Hollywood: Burn It Down. I'm SO excited to share this news! The announcement:
Dec 3, 2021 14 tweets 4 min read
I've been quiet on the socials for a few reasons, but one reason is, I've been working on a thing... thread incoming. I had one of the more interesting (and at times, challenging) conversations of my career last week. I had heard a rumor: Was Jeff Garlin fired from the ABC comedy The Goldbergs? For some time, I could not pin down what was going on.
Sep 30, 2021 14 tweets 3 min read
The whole interview is... something. Absolutely baffled by the non-logic of AS declining to comment to the press when Rudin stories came out in April because "who would that benefit?" OH I DUNNO, THE PEOPLE WHO WORKED FOR SR & SIMILAR MONSTERS IN THE INDUSTRY? Jeeebus just unreal all right fine, let's do this. Sorkin: "Stories that I had heard over the last 12 years were ...they could have been scenes from The Devil Wears Prada, there was no violence." Oh, OK, thanks for signaling that anything that does not involve physical contact is OK. Good to know.
May 12, 2021 23 tweets 6 min read
THREAD. For some time, I’ve been speaking to people from the drama All Rise, which is made by Warner Bros & aired by CBS. I ultimately spoke with 30 people, 18 of whom worked directly with EP/showrunner Greg Spottiswood. Spottiswood was fired as showrunner of All Rise March 24, not long after Warner Bros learned I was working on this story. This @salon piece on Spottiswood’s alleged conduct, his firing & much more, represents several months of work. I hope you’ll read it:…
Feb 1, 2021 8 tweets 2 min read
In recent years, Evan Rachel Wood has spoken out about abuse at the hands of an unnamed ex. Today she breaks that silence: “The name of my abuser is Brian Warner, also known as Marilyn Manson.” Four other women have come forward regarding Manson as well.… Evan Rachel Wood today: “I am here to expose this dangerous man and call out the many industries that have enabled him, before he ruins any more lives. I stand with the many victims who will no longer be silent.”
Jan 26, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
Every person who works in PR for TV & film should read this. Obv editors at many publications too. But this kind of PR gatekeeping is keeping talented critics & writers from marginalized communities -- especially POC -- on the sidelines or driving them out… I'm white, I have a track record at known outlets, so even as a freelancer, I automatically get or *can* get most TV screeners. I have heard SO MANY tales of Black, Asian, disabled, queer, Latinx critics--among others--having major obstacles to getting them. It's a major problem.
Jan 25, 2021 4 tweets 4 min read
I was lucky enough to serve on #AFIAwards jury again. PLOT TWIST: Everyone on 2020 jury considered both TV & film (that was eligible; FYI some shows/movies not eligible, I literally don't make the rules). Anyway I can now issue a ruling on whether film or TV is better... 1/2 ...unexpected development: They are both Good.
Jan 23, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
Regret to inform you that President Biden issued an executive order today. There’s a minimum 1-year ban on starting your episode of television with an in media res action sequence putting key characters in unexplained jeopardy, followed by the on-screen words “36 hours earlier” The text of the executive order reads as follows: “I love you knuckleheads but you have all overused this trope. It was once fun, but it got out of hand a long time ago. I’ll ban this malarkey for a decade if I need to!”
Jul 10, 2020 5 tweets 2 min read
I support @emilyvdw.
I do not support those who use weak, strawman arguments to prop up intolerance & transphobia. Especially if some making those arguments have silenced and harmed marginalized communities. And have massive platforms with which to do so. #TransLivesMatter A powerful layer of established people cannot stand that newer forms of media have given voice to those they’d comfortably ignored in the past. These high status folks do everything in their power to delegitimize & discredit voices they don’t like while bleating about free speech
Jun 19, 2020 17 tweets 6 min read
Nicole Beharie on #SleepyHollow: “Sometimes I think that some people I was working with didn’t like that I was unwell but loved by the audience. ...everyone of color on that show was seen as expendable and eventually let go.” Yes. That happened in real time & it was so awful. I think a lot about the many terrible decisions made & thus enabled from on high at #sleepyhollow. Black women boosted SH online/on social media & helped make it a phenomenon. Watching their hearts get broken in real time is one of the worst things I ever witnessed as a critic.
Jun 17, 2020 28 tweets 7 min read
Been working hard on something that means a lot to me, so a thread is incoming! Some Hollywood TV studios came after the pay of lowest-level assistants & support staff after the pandemic hit. For @vanityfair, I talked to 20+ industry people abt what happened, 1 studio changing course & why this affects marginalized folks most severely…
May 27, 2020 11 tweets 4 min read
Adding to this thread on a pattern of misconduct -- and coverups -- at one entertainment media conglomerate. This 2 yr old thread is on CBS. But these ingrained patterns can (and do) exist all over the industry. Some context for this Criminal Minds development: In 2018, Variety's @gdanielholloway reported on a years-long pattern of alleged abuse by DP of Criminal Minds. 19 sources on "a toxic environment on set, groping male staffers, threatening them physically, and firing anyone who complained" per Dan's story…
Mar 14, 2020 21 tweets 5 min read
Drafting off @gavinpurcell thread on anxiety, I'm going to do a thread on the group of strategies I've used to manage my anxiety/panic disorder/PTSD. You might use a different array of things, I applaud that. Do what works for you. Here's some of what worked for me. (deep breath) About 15-16 years ago, anxiety/panic/PTSD damage ruled my life. It was awful. I was an a very bad headspace. Depression too at the time. Xanax was not a good fit for me. In desperation, began meditating every day using Jon Kabat-Zinn's "Wherever You Go, There You Are" as a guide
Oct 9, 2019 5 tweets 2 min read
Re-upping this. Why does Andrew Lack of NBC News still have a job? His Megyn Kelly gambit = failure, NBC News may well have sat on Access Hwd tape, he got rid of Ronan's Weinstein story--ON TOP of allegedly covering for Lauer & others harassers. WHAT MAKES THIS DUDE WORTH IT?? The fact that Noah Oppenheim and Andrew Lack are still employed in positions of great power and making a lot of money tells you all you need to know about whether #MeToo has "gone too far."
Jan 29, 2019 18 tweets 6 min read
Adding to this ongoing thread. I’ve written a piece for @Vulture, just published, which contains new information about CBS, HR investigations, Eliza Dushku and the recent firing of an EP at a CBS program that has endured notable amount of turmoil:… CBS recently concluded an HR investigation into an exec producer who joined NCIS New Orleans last spring. This EP, Adam Targum, was fired Fri Jan 25. He was the drama's 2nd in command. This was the 4th investigation into an NCIS NOLA EP in 2.5 years.…
Nov 29, 2018 57 tweets 18 min read
*THREAD* One thing I thought about when I read this story: Most of the executives, EPs, etc who came up & were rewarded within the culture Les Moonves created are still at CBS. Are they all bad? No. Is CBS "fixed" now that Les is gone? Far fucking from it.… I got time today. So let's take a trip in the wayback machine. I'm going to do a timeline on all the major reporting on alleged misconduct by various individuals at CBS. Ahem, "alleged." [stares into the distance meaningfully] Here we go:
Oct 2, 2018 11 tweets 3 min read
Brad Kern, a CBS producer who was the subject of three investigations into allegations of abuse and harassment, has been fired. His contract was terminated yesterday.… The first story I did on Brad Kern, which revealed (last December) that he had been the subject of 2 different CBS HR investigations…
Sep 3, 2018 7 tweets 3 min read
Ageism is an enormous factor in Hollywood. Ageism is terrible for WOC, bad for WW, not good for WM. There are layers to it, but yeah, if you're over a certain age, you are fighting for scraps around the edges (if that). Wrote about it re actresses here… Here's what I'd say to studio and network execs: Do you know the composition of all your shows' assistant staffs? Who are your staff writers? Those are the showrunners and Emmy winners of tomorrow. If they're mostly white, connected, debt-free rich kids.... 😬
Aug 31, 2018 19 tweets 7 min read
Thread alert. Louis CK had almost a year to think about what he'd say in his first public appearance. He had lots of time to think about every word he'd say. He decided one of his jokes had to be about rape. I still can't believe that. And I wrote this:… When you are a woman and you write about sexual violence, assault, harassment and setting boundaries, you get abuse. I've gotten a lot in the last 24 hours. MOST of the response to that piece has been heartening. But I'd love for folks to read this thread. Because...
Jul 27, 2018 12 tweets 12 min read
Before @RonanFarrow’s @NewYorker story on Les Moonves comes out later today, I’m going to re-up the reporting on a CBS showrunner who has been retained by the network despite multiple investigations into alleged harassment, retaliation and racially insensitive comments. First, 1/ @RonanFarrow @NewYorker In December, I reported this story for @variety about NCIS NOLA showrunner Brad Kern. 13 sources. They said, among other things, he allegedly harassed a nursing mother, continually made sexist remarks and made comments sources perceived as racist.…
Mar 5, 2018 9 tweets 4 min read
Thread. Few things about the Ryan Seacrest situation. First, here @Variety reporter @gdanielholloway's first story on the years of alleged abuse RS subjected a woman to. She told her story using her name. Her job ended after she reported him to HR in 2013… Second: This is for people saying "But it was investigated and nothing was found." Incorrect. Two important facts: 1. His employer hired another firm to do the investigation. Not a truly independent third party. Investigator's payment came from E!, where Seacrest is a big deal.