Now that we’re all openly acknowledging that Hollywood is teeming with sexual predators, selecting a creep-free movie or TV show to watch on a quiet Friday night feels like a minefield. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad misogynists and sexual deviants of all stripes are being outed and I don’t really care about the repercussions for, like, House of Cards or whatever, but I do occasionally want to indulge in an hour or two of entertainment that’s free of the stain of Kevin Spacey, Harvey Weinstein, and their ilk. That’s where Rotten Apples comes in.
The recently launched website allows you to type in the name of any movie or TV show and it will tell you whether it’s “fresh apples” (predator-free) or “rotten apples” (affiliated in some way with one of the many recently-outed Hollywood louts). It serves as a disturbing reminder of just how much otherwise good media has been ruined by man-children who can’t keep it in their pants (for example: Arrested Development, American Beauty, even freakin’ Home Alone 2), but it also ensures you can settle in for an evening of streaming without inadvertently supporting any of the bad guys.
According to the New York Times, the database comes courtesy of four Los Angeles-based individuals, all of whom work at the advertising company Zambezi (which is not affiliated with the project). Creators Justice Erolin, Annie Johnston, Bekah Nutt, and Tal Wagman say they’re not hoping to monetize the site and mainly seek to help people make “ethical media consumption decisions.”
“We’re definitely not advocating for boycotting anyone’s films,” Wagman told the Times. How we want to deal with the art made by sexual deviants is something we have to reckon with both as a society and as individuals, and for the most part, it seems like we’re not totally there yet. With new allegations being made almost daily, we’re still not even aware of the full scope of Hollywood’s rampant sexism, not to mention the whole list of people involved in it. But, as Wagman notes, the tool is “an easy way to single out those individuals.” And for now, that’s an important step.