And they're now going viral
Words by Jadie Troy-Pryde
Stories about sexism in Hollywood have been coming thick and fast over the last few months. Whether it’s actresses confessing that they’ve lost out on huge movie roles because they’ve asked for pay parity with their male co-stars, or the fact that the Emmy nominations list highlights that the gender balance is totally out of whack, we are starting to see more and more examples of a sexist Tinseltown.
However, as much as we know that this is going on off-screen, this leaked sexist (and absolutely vile) email from a Hollywood bigwig will make your jaw drop in shock.
Rosette Laursen was working as an assistant at a talent agency in Los Angeles and had emailed her boss to ask if she could take leave on 8th March, International Women’s Day. She was keen to join the legions of women who were taking a day off work as part of the ‘A Day Without A Woman’ movement, which encouraged women to withdraw in order to highlight how much they contribute to society.
In her email, Rosette told her boss she ‘would love to spend the day writing, as my career goal is to be a TV Writer, and unfortunately writers’ rooms are very dominantly male, even in 2017.’
She also pointed out that the usually busy ‘pilot season’ was ending, and that by using her day off to write she was still working – for free.
But when her boss clicked ‘reply all’ the entire office got wind of his disgusting response, which he had intended to be for two of his male colleagues.
‘Are you fucking kidding me. At the end of pilot season. Someone should sew her vagina shut. I’m never hiring a girl ever again,’ the delightful email starts.
‘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 Cunt. Heather went to work. I’m sure anyone at a casting office or agency would be fired.’
Upon realising that he had sent the email to everybody, Rosette’s boss tried to dig himself out of a hole rather clumsily.
‘I apologise for venting like a misogynistic faggot. I was letting off steam I didn’t mean to hit reply all. I’m an asshole,’ the shocking ‘apology’ started.
‘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.’
Rosette, quite rightfully, quit on the spot.
Her reason for sharing the emails was to highlight that although he was often sexist, racist and inappropriate, she never left her job because he wasn’t ‘all bad’.
‘I’ve also been in that position and it would have been a lot easier to leave quickly if they were only awful. But no one is,’ Rosette writes. ‘That is the truly sad thing about leaving an abusive situation, because you are leaving someone who is sometimes human and good.’