Actress Charlyne Yi has posted a checklist on her Instagram account, with a list of demands that she wants Seth Rogen to follow to make up for her previous support for James Franco. Franco, Rogen and Yi starred together in the 2017 film, The disaster artist. Franco was the executive producer of the film, which garnered critical acclaim and earned Franco a Golden Globe for Best Actor. However, during the filming of the film, several women came forward to accuse Franco of sexual misconduct towards them while they were students at the film school he founded. While the lawsuits have been resolved and the charges dropped, many are dissatisfied with the outcome.
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Yi, in particular, has been very open about her criticism of Franco, as well as Rogen, whom she has called out for being a facilitator. After the allegations came out, Rogen continued to work with Franco and even made a nasty joke about the allegations while hosting. SNL. Yi revealed that she tried to quit smoking The disaster artist when the allegations came up, but her concerns were dismissed and she was even bribed to stay. Since Rogen was one of the producers, she has criticized him for his knowledge of bribery and for being a facilitator of Franco for years. While Rogen recently announced that he has no plans to work with Franco again and despises abuse and harassment, Yi is not satisfied with his statement.
Yi He took to Instagram to post a checklist of lawsuits that Rogen needed to follow to make up for his support for Franco. The list is meant to show Rogen how to properly apologize. The first image in his Instagram post tells Rogen to publicly apologize to survivors he hurt by publicly siding with his abuser, educate himself about sexual assault, and protect and hire survivors. His second slide explains why Rogen’s behavior was hurtful and deserves an apology, and his last slide contains a list of all the women Rogen needs to apologize to. See his Instagram post below:
Yi’s post is bold and assertive, as are her original allegations against Rogen and others who allowed Franco. So far, Rogen has not issued an explicit apology or admitted to wrongdoing. Thus, Yi has taken it upon himself to show Rogen the seriousness of his actions and how he should compensate for them. In his post, he criticizes Rogen and Franco for being “two famous rich white men “ who came together and sent thousands of fans to attack and threaten the survivors. She says women were discredited, blacklisted, and their careers damaged due to the actions of Rogen and Franco. She demands that Rogen apologize to all the women who have brought allegations, as well as those who have not yet done so.
Rogen has yet to publicly respond to Yi’s checklist. Whether he admits it or not, Yi’s words are bold and courageous as he draws attention to the injustice surrounding this case. She is educating people about sexual assault, what it means to be a facilitator and the impact of gaslighting survivors. Sadly, Franco’s case is just one of many in which victims of sexual assault have been silenced or discredited because their abusers had the money, the fame, and the publicity to do so. It’s about time someone held accountable the abusers and all those who support them. While it remains to be seen whether Rogen will comply with the list, it is encouraging that victims of Franco’s abuse have found a powerful voice in Yi.
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