Yesterday, Buzzfeed released an article in which ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ actor, Anthony Rapp, accused ‘House of Cards’ actor, Kevin Spacey, of sexually assaulting him 31 years ago, when he was aged just 14-years-old.
Following on from these allegations, Spacey released a controversial statement on his Twitter, in which he apologised for the incident, despite claiming to have no recollection of the event, and used the opportunity to come out as gay.
— Kevin Spacey (@KevinSpacey) October 30, 2017
Spacey’s apology immediately rocked Twitter, as many users flocked to the social media platform to voice their outrage at his supposed attempt to ‘put a target on the gay community’s back‘:
Just wanna be really fucking clear that being gay has nothing to do w/ going after underage folks
— Cameron Esposito (@cameronesposito) October 30, 2017
SEXUAL ASSAULT IS NOT ABOUT SEXUALITY. SEXUAL ASSAULT IS ABOUT POWER. SAY IT WITH ME, PLEASE. #KevinSpacey
— Jordan Gavaris (@JordanGavaris) October 30, 2017
Kevin Spacey willfully harmed a child and then turned and painted a target on the Gay community’s back- like the coward he apparently is
— Shanelle Little (@ShanelleLittle) October 30, 2017
In response to the scandal, Netflix has announced that House of Cards, the show in which Spacey stars as the lead character, Frank Underwood, will be cancelled after its sixth season on the streaming service next year.
Media Rights Capital and Netflix, who produce House of Cards, released a statement in response to the allegations made against Spacey yesterday, in which they said that they were “deeply troubled” by the news.
“In response to last night’s revelations, executives from both of our companies arrived in Baltimore this afternoon to meet with our cast and crew to ensure that they continue to feel safe and supported. As previously scheduled, Kevin Spacey is not working on set at this time,” the statement said.
The show’s creator, Beau Willimon, also released a statement via Twitter, in which he explained that, whilst he’d never personally witnessed any form of inappropriate behaviour from Spacey himself, he supported Rapp’s courage to come forward:
My statement regarding Anthony Rapp and Kevin Spacey: pic.twitter.com/8z6zotHWE5
— Beau Willimon (@BeauWillimon) October 30, 2017
Whilst a Netflix spokesperson has apparently confirmed that the decision to end the show was made several months prior to these allegations, the timing of their announcement seems almost too precise to be perceived as merely coincidental.
Fans of the show have reacted to the news with a clear displeasure. Some even hope that Netflix might choose to simply alter the plot to focus on Robin Wright’s character instead.
Would I watch a house of cards with just Claire Underwood?
Yes I’d actually prefer it pic.twitter.com/enTQOM6lYQ
— zach (@ZachMorganBrown) October 30, 2017
Why cancel House of Cards when Claire Underwood could have just divorced his ass and been president?
— rachel leishman (@RachelLeishman) October 30, 2017
excited for netflix’s new season of house of cards, where kevin spacey dies off-screen and claire underwood says she’s president now
— Alex Bruce-Smith (@alexbrucesmith) October 30, 2017
So @NetFlix. Can y’all say Francis Underwood died (bye, Kevin) and have Claire Underwood live long and prosper? I’m asking. For us.
— Awesomely Luvvie (@Luvvie) October 30, 2017
.@netflix please fire Kevin Spacey and make House of Cards completely about Claire Underwood thank you and goodbye
— Laura Baker (@lauratheactor) October 30, 2017
FIRE KEVIN SPACEY AND LET ROBIN WRIGHT BE THE LEAD OF HOUSE OF CARDS LIKE SHE HAS DESERVED FOR SEVERAL SEASONS NOW pic.twitter.com/aD1HCgVu0M
— Amy Adams’s Oscar 👻 (@prasejeebus) October 30, 2017
If women weren’t disposable in Hollywood, they would have done House of Cards with just Robin Wright. https://t.co/4Rs7WXbL5y
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) October 30, 2017
wow Netflix is cancelling house of cards bc of Kevin Spacey’s misconduct! If only we could to that to the actual fucking president of the United States or something!
— wednesday the 13th🎃 (@prettyoddprince) October 30, 2017
According to Variety, however, Netflix might actually be looking into a spin-off of the series.
One concept of the possible series revolves around the character of Doug Stamper, the political aide-de-camp played by Michael Kelly in the first five seasons of the show – but two other spin-off ideas are also reportedly being explored.
Whilst writers are not apparently attached to these ideas, the potential spin-off is likely to take place in the same universe as House of Cards itself.
Let us know what you think in the comments!
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