On a recent podcast, Joy star Heather Morris said the on-set bullying of Lea Michele should have been stopped right away, but “a lot of people were very scared.” Speaking on All Iconic Danny Pellegrino podcast, she explained how she and other cast members who knew what was going on should have done more to “step up” and end it.
Almost a year ago, former Michele co-star Samantha Marie Ware posted a message on Twitter that opened up a whole box of verses that the show’s frontman would have likely kept sealed instead. In the message, she said, “LMAO REMEMBER WHEN YOU MADE MY FIRST TV GIVEN A LIVING HELL?!?! CAUSE I NEVER FORGET. I BELIEVE YOU TOLD EVERYBODY THAT IF EVERYONE HAS THE OPPORTUNITY, YOU “SHIT IN MY WIG! “AMONG THE OTHER TRAUMATIC MICROAGRESSIONS THAT HAVE QUESTIONED MY CAREER IN HOLLYWOOD. The post led other cast members to recount incidents or at least suggest they had experienced similar issues.
During the podcast, Heather Morris said, “We absolutely could have stepped in and gone to the Fox executives and said what we thought about the situation, and nobody really did. […] I think a lot of people were very scared. I know, really, I didn’t feel like this was my place. And I don’t know why, because I was a cast member like everyone else, and we all deserve to be comfortable on set. “
During the podcast, Morris also explained some of the things she had previously said. Lea Michele, especially in reference to comments made last year when she said the star was “unpleasant to work with.” Her comments at the time were meant to be pretty straightforward without going into specific details, but some wanted her to be clearer about what had transpired between them. “People were like, it’s so cryptic, why don’t you go say it? I’m like, guys, she’s pregnant, and this stuff goes around, and it’s true, and I don’t ‘I don’t know if maybe we’ve been bullied and that’s a typical thing for victims to do is blame themselves. “
The revelations led Michele to lose a number of high-profile sponsorship and partnership deals, including his deal with HelloFresh, but the fallout had other connotations, notably for Naya Rivera. The actress, who played Santana on the show and died in a tragic boating accident last year, had been the subject of years of speculation about a “fued” between her and Michele, and was constantly being hunted down by gossip writers about it. On this point, Morris added, “Most of the time, though, I’m sad that there is finally a justification for Naya Rivera… It sucks that she’s not here to feel that justification herself. “
A lot of people will say that the truth will eventually come out, and it seems so in a lot of ways, but the whole story, similar to the recent revelations about Joss Whedon, only serves to prove once more that until people are brave enough to speak out about these incidents, they can cause a lot of damage that the outside world knows nothing about.
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