I had this conversation just the other day, so I'll rant a little.
In my opinion, the artist is in an elevated position due to their art, so they can afford to do things others wouldn't get away with. This counts especially for men, all the method actors, directors, producers etc who are just written off as eccentric geniuses while women would be labeled difficult and psycho if they pulled half as much bullshit.
>Lars von Trier
>Björk made a public statement regarding Von Trier's sexual harassment during the production of Dancer in the Dark, in which Von Trier remains unnamed, though the Los Angeles Times has found corroboration identifying him. In the Facebook posting, Björk describes the difficulties in facing his retribution: "It was extremely clear to me when I walked into the actresses profession that my humiliation and role as a lesser sexually harassed being was the norm and set in stone with the director and a staff of dozens who enabled it and encouraged it. I became aware of that it is a universal thing that a director can touch and harass his actresses at will and the institution of film allows it. When I turned the director down repeatedly he sulked and punished me and created for his team an impressive net of illusion where I was framed as the difficult one." She also stated, "And in my opinion he had a more fair and meaningful relationship with his actresses after my confrontation so there is hope. Let's hope this statement supports the actresses and actors all over. Let's stop this. There is a wave of change in the world". Von Trier has denied the accusations made against him, and Björk responded by detailing the sexual assault episodes.
>He and Björk famously fell out during the shooting of Dancer in the Dark, to the point where Björk would abscond from filming for days at a time. She stated about Trier, who among other things shattered a monitor while it was next to her, "…you can take quite sexist film directors like Woody Allen or Stanley Kubrick and still they are the one that provide the soul to their movies. In Lars von Trier’s case it is not so and he knows it. He needs a female to provide his work soul. And he envies them and hates them for it. So he has to destroy them during the filming. And hide the evidence.">Nicole Kidman, who starred in von Trier's Dogville, said in an interview with ABC Radio National: "I think I tried to quit the film three times because he said, 'I want to tie you up and whip you, and that's not to be kind.' I was, like, what do you mean? I've come all this way to rehearse with you, to work with you, and now you're telling me you want to tie me up and whip me? But that's Lars, and Lars takes his clothes off and stands there naked and you're like, 'Oh, put your clothes back on, Lars, please, let's just shoot the film.' But he's very, very raw and he's almost like a child in that he'll say and do anything. And we would have to eat dinner every night and most of the time that would end with me in tears because Lars would sit next to me and drink peach schnapps and get drunk and get abusive and I'd leave and…anyway, then we'd go to work the next morning."
If you have to be an abusive asshole towards your crew to get a good performance out of them, then you shouldn't be lauded and your behavior shouldn't be written off as a quirk.
Stanley Kubrick famously bullied Shelley Duvall on the set of Shining so much she started to lose her hair and was in a constant state of despair. And still she's made fun of for not being a good enough actress, even though her terror was real
Then you got people like Marilyn Manson, who outright stated that he cut himself to punish his girlfriend and called her 158 times in one day and spoke about how much he fantasized about beating her to death, but he's just an edgy dude making music, it's alright. He's just weird!
>“The song ‘I Want to Kill You Like They Do in The Movies’ is about my fantasies,” Marilyn Manson told a Spin reporter in 2009. Responding to a question about his relationship with ex, Evan Rachel Wood, Manson continued, “I have fantasies every day about smashing her skull in with a sledgehammer.”>Speculations aside, Manson explicitly confessed to having violent fantasies toward Wood. He even describes a gruesome pattern of emotional abuse, pointing to Christmas Day in 2008, which he describes as a low point of their relationship: “Every time I called her that day—I called 158 times—I took a razor blade and I cut myself on my face or on my hands.” He continued, “I wanted to show her the pain she put me through. It was like, ‘I want you to physically see what you’ve done.’”
>But back in 2009 nobody even batted an eyelash at these overt admissions of violence. People brushed it off as a part of Manson’s murderous image, with some outlets claiming Wood was “smart to break up” with Manson, designating him a “damaged dude,” rather than calling him exactly what he was admitting to being: an abuser. Other media outlets made blithe jokes like, “Anyone got a spare straight jacket?” There were no protections for Wood, little sympathy, and a shocking lack of actual concern for her safety.
>[…] according to Wood’s testimony, the abusive experiences she described happened “a decade ago” and seem parallel to Manson’s admissions. She recounted “sick rituals” of “binding me up by my hands and feet to be mentally and physically tortured until my abuser felt I had proven my love for them.” The actress added, “In this moment, while I was tied up and being beaten and told unspeakable things, I truly felt like I could die.>Not just because my abuser said to me, ‘I could kill you right now,’ but because in that moment I felt like I left my body and I was too afraid to run. He would find me.”
Then, look at MJ >>>/x/1191
, at this point it's safe to say he really was a pedo, but he paid off his most outspoken victim with 15 million and still people will say he was just childlike and a victim himself, so none of the boys he abused will ever get justice, because he's such a legend.
So with people like this, part of their power over their victims comes from the immense social and economical standing they achieved through their work, so by contributing to that fame and wealth, we enable them.