Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Was Lena Waithe Complicit in the Jason Mitchell Harassment Scandal?


Earlier this month The Chi star Jason Mitchell was fired from the show and dropped by his agents, lawyers and managers after being accused of sexual harassment by multiple women on set [click here if you missed that].

Now Chi creator Lena Waithe is being accused of standing by and doing nothing....

From The Hollywood Reporter
While Mitchell’s termination from Desperados was the impetus for all that followed, sources claim his conduct had been a problem for at least two actresses on The Chi. More than one person on the show — including Tiffany Boone, who played Mitchell’s character’s girlfriend, Jerrika, and second-season showrunner Ayanna Floyd — filed a complaint. Despite HR training, these sources say, the alleged conduct persisted and Boone asked to be released from the series. But Mitchell was to remain for a planned season three, sources say, despite Waithe’s activism on the subject of on-set safety. “I’ve been very involved in Time’s Up and that movement, and for season two, we’re making sure that women feel safe,” Waithe told The Hollywood Reporter in June 2018. “[I]f you want to play that game and be disrespectful or misbehave on set with an actress or anyone, I’ll happily call Showtime and say, ‘This person has to go,’ and you will get shot up and it’ll be a wonderful finale.”
So why didn’t Mitchell’s character go down in a volley of onscreen bullets? While Waithe has not been the showrunner handling day-to-day duties, she has credits as creator, producer and sometime writer. A source close to Waithe says she was made aware of Mitchell’s alleged harassment only after the first season wrapped. The Chi’s season one showrunner, Elwood Reid, declined to comment, but a source close to him says he was unaware of conduct issues. (Boone did not make a complaint until after work had wrapped.) Concern for on-set conduct, the source continues, was among the reasons Waithe pushed for a woman of color (Floyd) as showrunner for the second season. Still, this person initially stated that Waithe did not know the alleged conduct had continued.
In a statement to THR, Floyd directly challenges Waithe. “When I took the helm in season two, it was Lena who informed me of the issues between Jason Mitchell and Tiffany Boone from season one, and that Tiffany was thinking of leaving the show because of it,” says Floyd. “As a result of this information, I discussed Tiffany’s claims with the studio’s HR department and set up HR presentations for the writers, cast and crew. Ultimately, everyone was well aware of Jason’s behavior and his multiple HR cases, including Lena, the creator and an executive producer of the show, who is very involved at the studio and network level.”
Adds Floyd, “As showrunner, I did everything I could to deal with his behavior, by speaking with the studio’s HR department multiple times and instructing one actress to call HR herself, before I became a target of his rage and inappropriateness, and had to report him to HR, as well.”
In her own statement, Waithe focuses only on Boone, saying: “I think Tiffany is a wonderful actress and an extremely brave woman. I wish her nothing but success in the future. I look forward to getting back to work on season three.” Told of Floyd’s statement, the source close to Waithe said the showrunner did inform Waithe of the ongoing conduct but said she would handle it. (Though Mitchell was the best-known actor on the show, plans for another season are in place and writers are figuring out how to handle the disappearance of his character. Floyd is not returning.)

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Of course her weird ass was complicit but she's too busy relishing in her new found fame. I believe she's extremely talented and while I enjoy her work tremendously, she started feeling herself recently and appears as if her shit don't stink. Life has a way of humbling that ass real quick. Not to mention, she's a Cosby protege.

Bloop!


Tippie Hippie said...

Just look at her! It's not hard to fathom she turned a blind eye she is corrupt herself.

Anonymous said...

^^^ I agree. She should've shut that shit down immediately. and her statement was dry and unsympathetic

Unknown said...

You know, I'm not too fond of this Waithe lady. Seem's like she's trying to hard to appease to the sodomites and the gay mafia. We know you're gay girl friend... just seems like she is just making sure to stay in their good graces.

Tippie Hippie said...

11:04 She probably does some sexual harassment on her own. She is creepy!

Anonymous said...

@11:18 - She's pretentious and has distinct "I'm more woke/smarter/talented than you" vibe that I find extremely off-putting.

Unknown said...

11:18 **too hard..............

Niyabinghi/ObeahWomanWarrior said...

Not surprised these "lesbians" in positions of power are just as misogynist as the raggedly ass males, these bitches are nothing more than patriarchy in a skirt, and they are just as predatory, sexist and terrible as the males. This is why I don't ride with them hoes, they are nothing more than tragic handmaidens of patriarchy. These hoes are not of the matriarchal clans of women, they are not of the bloodline of the divine feminine and this is why we don't love them hoes.

Anonymous said...

I was really hoping Jason was not that dude. Damn!

Anonymous said...

Chiiile, that's exactly the feeling I had when Halle Berry kissed her and she started waving her hands around like "oh look SHE'S kissing ME and I'm not even trying to touch her". Like girl please, you were thrilled-boots and Ms. Berry was just pandering to horny, misogynist, juvenile men and the gay community (although I highly doubt that any man was turned on by watching Lena kiss ANYONE).

Anonymous said...

@Niya Respect sis but you just made a generalizations of all lesbians. I can say there's definite truths in your statement tthat speaks to a lot over zealous. Over aggressive studs that take on the Male persona but Not all lesbians are misogynistic.

Niyabinghi/ObeahWomanWarrior said...

1:03 PM
You are so right sis, I have lesbians in my circle that are of the divine feminine. I despise do however these types like the heifer on top and others like her, that are traitors to their species.

Anonymous said...

Exactly like I said on an older post and I was attacked by some of you guys in here...she preaches all this women empowerment and "Me Too" support when she knew what was happening all along!!! She was protecting him so she's just as guilty!!!!

Anonymous said...

She's gross ewww

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