Just in case you needed another reminder, sexism is still very much a thing.
This was laid bare to Hollywood talent agency assistant, Rosette Laursen, after her boss accidentally replied all to a group email.
Rosette asked for a day off to participate in the “A Day Without A Woman” campaign on International Women’s Day.
But in a cruelly ironic twist, the response she received was exactly the reason initiatives like IWD are still so important.
The reply read:
“Are you f***ing kidding me. At the end of pilot season. Someone should sew her vagina shut. I’m never hiring a girl ever again.
“No bonus for anyone that strikes or leaves early in pilot season. No one is striking in show business we are all against Trump. And women are considered diverse and being shoved in as writer and directors. Zach who is a Jewish male is being pushed out.
“Uppity Selfish C***. Heather went to work. I’m sure anyone at a casting office or agency would be fired.”
Realising his mistake, her boss then sent her this apology
“I apologize for venting like a misogynistic fa***t.
“I was letting off steam I didn’t mean to hit reply all. I’m an a**hole. If you come back we can play Nazi death camp. You can beat me and put me in the oven. Or feed me cabbage and lock me in the shower. I am truly sorry.”
Ah, apologising for sexism with homophobia and holocaust jokes – classy.
In a Facebook post, Rosette said:
“One of my male co-workers, obviously realising he would be experiencing ‘a day without a woman’ for the indefinite future and would have to do more work, encouraged me to come back into the office saying, ‘It was just a joke.’”
“My co-workers had worked there for years and my only guess is that they slowly became desensitised to [the boss’] behaviour to the point where the line of what is normal or acceptable didn’t just blur, it disappeared.
“Which is sad, because I otherwise liked them. But, I understand the psychological effects a person of power can have on their crew. Look at Helter Skelter. I’m sure those girls who led random victims to Charles Manson to be murdered could also be really fun at a game night playing cards against humanity.”
“He could be kind of terrible.”
“However, sometimes he was actually really cool and funny and nice … That’s why it’s harder to get out of these situations … Good qualities aside, a majority of the time he was screaming terrific things like the N word at the top of his lungs while describing black clients who were frustrating him.
“He would call his employees ‘f***ing retards’, and scream he is never friends with women. Then it would slowly dawn upon him that he maybe took things a little too far, and he would say, ‘I was just joking.’ Knowing that his employees are not professional joke judges on Last Comic Standing, he was confident that he had just convinced us that we simply missed the clever and subtle punchline.”
2017, it’s just like 1957 but with iPhones.