In one interview, he spoke about the unfair “double standard” in how his Birth Of A Nation director Nate Parker and Manchester By The Sea star Casey Affleck were treated by the media and the industry.
With Nate in “director’s jail” and Casey having a Best Actor Oscar on his shelf, it’s easy to see his point.
However, the two men were accused of very different things as Armie took the time to explain in a lengthy apology to Affleck for the comparison.
The Call Me By Your Name star released a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, where his original interview appeared, saying:
“I would like to sincerely apologize to Casey and his family for my recent comments about him in my THR interview. Without knowing the facts about the civil lawsuits at issue (which I now understand were settled), I misspoke. I conflated sexual harassment cases with a criminal case involving sexual assault charges.
The cases in which Casey was involved were not criminal and instead involved civil claims from his 2010 movie I’m Still Here. While intending to make a social comment about double standards in general, I mistakenly compared reports of prior, public civil allegations that never proceeded to trial with a criminal case that was fully tried. I understand now that this was a poor comparison, which I deeply regret making.”
There definitely is a difference between the two charges, and the way they were resolved.
However, does that mean the observation of the double standard was incorrect? Yes, considering the charges were different, one would certainly expect Parker and Affleck to suffer proportional levels of public admonishment.
But that isn’t what happened. One got denounced, the other was given the biggest honor in Hollywood.
We guess what we’re asking is, do YOU think Casey Affleck deserved this apology??
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