Someone at Amazon missed a very important memo. One week ago, Bill Cosby was convicted of sexual assault. Earlier today, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted to expel Cosby and Roman Polanski, another convicted rapist. Yet inexplicably, three of Cosby’s television shows are still available for streaming on Amazon Prime. And Polanski’s film “The Ninth Gate” is on HBO Now.
Why? Seriously, why? Who still wants to watch the work of men convicted of rape? I’m not in the TV/film business, but there can’t possibly be a market for that. In the #MeToo era, where powerful Hollywood men are finally starting to be punished for their sins, decisions like Amazon’s are not appealing.
I recommend Amazon take a page from the Netflix playbook. Netflix has a history of dropping celebrities when scandals come to light. In 2014, Netflix was smart enough to drop Cosby once the allegations against him became widespread. Mind you, that happened before Cosby even commented on the allegations. Late last year, Netflix dropped comedian Louis C.K.’s library of work after accusations of misconduct arose. The same goes for Kevin Spacey, who got fired from House of Cards last year once assault allegations came up. As of today, though, C.K.’s specials and all of Spacey’s episodes are available to stream.