Charlyne Yi Wants Seth Rogen to "Apologize to Survivors" for "Siding" with James Franco
She has made a checklist of ways Rogen can make things right with Franco's accusers
Published May 12, 2021After a public call-out of Seth Rogen for "enabling" his longtime collaborator James Franco amid abuse allegations, Charlyne Yi has followed up with Rogen by publicly posting a checklist of ways for him to make peace with Franco's accusers.
Yi recently revealed that she quit Franco's 2017 film The Disaster Artist over the sexual misconduct allegations lodged against the director, explaining that she "didn't feel safe working with a fucking sexual predator." Yi alleged that after trying to break her contract, Rogen's production team attempted to bribe her to stay on the project.
Following Yi's call-out, Rogen told the Sunday Times that he does not plan to work with Franco in the future, and said: "I despise abuse and harassment and I would never cover or conceal the actions of someone doing it, or knowingly put someone in a situation where they were around someone like that."
Evidently unsatisfied with his response, Yi has now provided Rogen with a thorough plan of action to make good on his affiliation with Franco.
In an Instagram post, Yi demanded the following of Rogen:
- Apologize to survivors for making their lives even more vulnerable by publicly siding with an abuser, further damaging their careers and safety
- Commit to educating self about coercion, SA (sexual assault), and how to be a proactive ally
- Promote protecting and hiring survivors
- Protect survivors
- Hire survivors
In addition to her demands, Yi also provided a list of individuals whom she thinks are owed an apology, as well as reasons Rogen should apologize to them:
To spell out the severity of how violent and life-long damaging [Seth Rogen] publicly siding with the abuser of several women and why he should apologize to them: two rich white male celebrities publicly teaming up sends thousands of fans to attack and threaten survivors physically and psychologically... This can cause denial, loss of reality/intuition to protect self from future abusers, life-long health issues, attempt in suicide, suicide. The survivors are discredited, careers damaged and blacklisted.
In her post, Yi demanded an apology for Sarah Tither-Kaplan, Violet Paley, Hilary Dusome, Natalie Chmiel, Katie Ryan, Lucy Clode and "all the unnamed people who have anonymously shared, or been too afraid to."
After sporting a Time's Up pin at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards, Franco was accused of sexual misconduct by three women including Paley and Tither-Kaplan, as well as Breakfast Club actor Ally Sheedy. Upon Franco calling the allegations "not accurate" the following day, five more women came forward with claims of "inappropriate" and "sexually exploitative" behaviour from the actor.
Franco reached a settlement with two of the women, former students of his Los Angeles acting school, this past February.
See Yi's post below.