What’s going on?
This year’s Academy Awards contenders were announced on Tuesday, and “Call Me by Your Name” was one of the Best Picture nominees. The movie starring Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer was nominated for four Oscars.
“Call Me by Your Name” is about a 17-year-old who begins a romantic and sexual relationship with an adult, his father’s research assistant. Hammer, who plays Oliver, is about a decade older than Chalamet (who plays 17-year-old Elio) in real life.
Wait, haven’t we been talking about #MeToo and #TimesUp for months?
Yes. Hollywood and many other industries went through a massive shakeup last year as Harvey Weinstein and other powerful men who abused women and (in some cases) young boys were exposed.
Actor Kevin Spacey was written out of a movie he had already filmed because multiple men came forward to say he had tried to seduce them while they were teenage boys, and GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore lost a special election in Alabama after a woman came forward to say he made sexual advances to her when she was 14.
Glenn pointed out that in the U.S., sex with someone who is under 18 can constitute statutory rape. Why is it suddenly OK if it happens in Italy in an Oscar-nominated movie?