Disgraced actor Kevin Spacey has compared his #MeToo fall to those who cannot work because of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Spacey was due in court to face the allegations that he groped a massage therapist, although this case was ultimately dismissed due to the death of the accuser. Spacey has also been accused of making sexual advances toward Anthony Rapp, who was 14 at the time, although similar accusations span back decades.
Now he’s speaking at the Bits & Pretzels “Virtual Founders Breakfast” for the first time about his emotional struggles.
“I don’t think it will come as a surprise for anyone to say that my world completely changed in the fall of 2017. My job, many of my relationships, my standing in my own industry were all gone in just a matter of hours.”
It almost sounds like he wants… sympathy? As though he hasn’t abused that precious platform.
Moving onto the Coronavirus, Spacey said he could understand “what it feels like to suddenly find yourself in a situation you could not possibly have prepared for or anticipated it was coming”.
What you mean like being a child actor that gets groomed and molested by an adult man?
He continued, “I don’t often like to tell people that I can relate to their situation because I think it undermines the experience that they may be having which is their own unique and very personal experience. But in this instance, I feel as though I can relate to what it feels like to have your world suddenly stop.
“And so while we may have found ourselves in similar situations, albeit for very different reasons and circumstances, I still believe that some of the emotional struggles are very much the same.”
But the emotional struggles shouldn’t feel the same; someone who cannot work and/or is physically unwell through no fault of their own probably feels unlucky, helpless, and frustrated, while a sexual predator should be feeling guilt, remorse, and shame. Only a pure narcissist would sit there and discuss their career and “emotional struggles” are putting dozens of others through even worse.
“I do have empathy for what it feels like to suddenly be told that you can’t go back to work or that you might lose your job and that it’s a situation that you have absolutely no control over.”
But you did have control over it, something that was forfeited when people were finally not scared enough to speak out.
“When my career came to a grinding, screeching halt, when I was faced with the uncertainty that I might never be hired as an actor again, I had to ask myself a question I’d never asked myself before which is, if I can’t act, who am I?”