Actors’ Equity Condemns Jesse Williams ‘Take Me Out’ Nude Scene Leak – What We Know!

“Take Me Out” star Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Actors’ Fairness Affiliation have launched statements condemning the unlawful recording of actors in nude scenes after footage of Jesse Williams performing bare within the Broadway manufacturing leaked on-line.

“I’m appalled by the disrespect proven to the actors of our firm whose vulnerability on stage ever night time is essential to ‘Take Me Out,’” Jesse Tyler Ferguson wrote on Twitter Tuesday afternoon. “Anybody who applauds or trivializes this habits has no place within the theater which has all the time been a protected area for artists & viewers members.”

Ferguson, who stars alongside Williams within the manufacturing of “Take Me Out,” continued by saying, “If nudity is what you’re coming for… you’re in for an extended boring night time. It’s inside a difficult 2 and a half hour play with large concepts, stunning language & outstanding performing from an organization of 11 actors that you’ll have to sit through as properly. You’ll be bored.”

Actors’ Fairness Affiliation, the nationwide labor union representing over 50,000 actors and stage managers concerned in reside theater, launched an identical condemnation Tuesday afternoon, calling the leak an act of “sexual harassment and an appalling breach of consent.”

“We condemn within the strongest doable phrases the creation and distribution of images and movies of our members throughout a nude scene,” mentioned Kate Shindle, president of Actors’ Fairness Affiliation. “As actors, we commonly conform to be susceptible onstage in an effort to inform troublesome and difficult tales. This doesn’t imply that we conform to have these susceptible moments broadly shared by anybody who looks like sneaking a recording system into the theater. Whoever did this knew not solely that they had been filming actors with out their consent, but additionally that they had been explicitly violating the theater’s prohibition on recording and distribution.”

Second Stage Theater, which produced the “Take Me Out” revival, additionally launched a press release relating to the leak.

“It’s deeply unlucky that one viewers member selected to disrespect the manufacturing, their fellow viewers members and, most significantly, the solid on this method,” Second Stage Theater’s assertion reads. “Taking bare photos of anybody with out their consent is extremely objectionable and may have extreme authorized penalties. Posting it on the web is a gross and unacceptable violation of belief between the actor and viewers cast within the theatre group. We’re actively pursuing takedown requests and ask that nobody participates within the distribution of those photos.”

Second Stage Theater has additionally vowed that it plans to station extra employees members contained in the auditorium at New York’s Hayes Theater to crack down on unlawful recording of the manufacturing.

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