Cancel Culture is a practice that occurs between celebrities and fans whereby the popular figure loses the regard people have for him/her.
It often happens when the figure has done something that does not seem right to his/her followers and supporters. The cancel culture involves people not coming through for your brand anymore. So many celebrities fall back to the ground when they are canceled.
There’s an actor who is a good friend of Sharon Stone, and a colleague in the acting industry, who fell victim to Cancel Culture. The “Basic Instinct” star decided that she would defend the actor no matter what, and she did.
Stone confirmed that she has experienced gender discrimination lots of times in her career but this actor did absolutely nothing compared to what the people that harassed her did.
Who is this actor? What was he accused of doing by the public? How and why did Stone defend him? You will get answers to these questions later in the article, keep scrolling.
The Relationship Between Sharon Stone And This Actor
Sharon Stone is an American actress/producer and a former fashion model who was born on March 10, 1958, in Meadville, Pennsylvania, United States of America. She has been active since the 1980s and is still currently in the game. She was the recipient of many awards and accolades at some point in her life, including the Golden Globe Award.
She got married to a TV producer, Michael Greenburg, in 1984 and they separated after three years, but the divorce was finalized in 1990. She was engaged to a couple of men after and had miscarriage problems in one of her marriages.
She finally decided to adopt– the first child was adopted in 2000, the second in 2005, and the last in 2006.
The actor is James Franco and he is an American actor/filmmaker who was born on April 19, 1978, in Palo Alto, California, U.S.A. He is well known for his versatile roles in movies like “127 Hours,” “Spring Breakers,” “Sausage Party,” “Eat, Pray, Love,” and “Pineapple Express.” He was once nominated for an Academy Award and he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor.
Stone worked with Franco enough to know and say a few things about him. She once appeared in one of Franco’s projects titled “The Disaster Artist.” The actor wrote, directed, produced, and featured as a cast member in the movie. It is a 2017 drama/comedy movie based on a biographical story.
Stone’s Opinion On Cancel Culture
Since Franco’s issue happened, there have been rumors and comments flying about the internet concerning the issue.
At some point, Stone came to express her disapproval of the Cancel Culture. According to an online magazine, she referred to the culture as the “most stupid thing she has heard of,” but later retracted her statement.
She believes that ‘if someone says something or behaves in a way that you are displeased with, you can always try and understand each other. You can learn to respect each other’s opinions on different matters.’
She further explained that people have struggled and done so much for you to ‘cancel’ the person all because they did something you are not happy with.
She didn’t just express her opinions for the sake of internet validation or for the sake of going against the multitude, she expressed it at every given opportunity.
One of them was her profound reaction when her colleague, Franco, was canceled because he was accused of committing a crime.
Stone Defended Franco
The allegations against Franco were that he was involved in sexual misconduct with five women. The women, on different occasions, said that the actor/filmmaker took advantage of their readiness to work and be part of a big project.
One of the accusers also said that they were all up-and-coming actresses and that they had high hopes for their careers.
According to these accusers, they didn’t deny the fact that they needed that breakthrough in their careers, which was why they collaborated with the actor. Stone’s comments came up after the accusations were made against her colleague and she was not happy with the matter.
During an interview with Marc Maron via a podcast, she addressed how she truly felt regarding the issue.
She confirmed that she has worked with the actor in question and that he is a kind, lovely, and professional person.
She was shocked at how he was easily regarded as a bad person. She went further to address the accusers, saying that they should be held accountable for whatever allegations they make.
A Hollywood reporter said that the accusers later denounced their claims after reaching an agreement with the actor to pay $2.2 million.
How Did Stone Deal With Men Who Harassed Her In The Past?
On the same podcast with Maron, Stone discussed the issue of harassment, including the cases whereby she was directly involved in the past.
She noted that she didn’t allow the men to go scot-free, neither did she make a fuss about it online, but dealt with them privately. She also protected their names and identities, saying that she would likely ruin lives if she ever discloses any detail about them.
Regarding her role in “Basic Instinct,” she discussed how was exploited by the erotic movie director. She said the director was responsible for shooting the scene where she had to uncross her legs thereby exposing her thighs on camera.
She reported that she slapped the director in the face, left for her car, and contacted her lawyer immediately.