This Website Lets You Check Movies and TV Shows for Sexual Misconduct Allegations
Trying to keep up with the flood of sexual misconduct allegations that have consumed Hollywood over the past three months is exhausting and demoralizing, and trying to adjust your pop culture diet accordingly is downright confusing. Let's just skip right over the never-ending "can you separate the art from the artist?" debate and assume you have determined that you cannot, and therefore want to vet the movies and TV shows you watch to make sure they're untainted.
Enter Rotten Apples, a truly inspired and essential new website which is essentially IMDb for Hollywood creeps. Per the site's mission statement, it's a searchable database that lets you know whether or not a film or show is tied to a person who's been accused of sexual misconduct.
A few caveats: the site currently defines "person" as a cast member, screenwriter, director, or executive producer, which leaves some room for lower-level misconduct to sneak through. Also, the mission statement emphasizes that "by no means is this site meant to serve as a condemnation of an entire project. This database is not perfect, nor are the results meant to be taken as fact. Each link is sourced from an existing article and is not a reflection of our own opinions."
With all of that being said, a lot of people have been wishing for a tool just like this, and it's likely to become increasingly essential as allegations continue to emerge. All Rotten Apples is doing is arming you with information so that you can make your own decisions about whose work you support. And given that we now know sexual misconduct in Hollywood is so rampant that you likely need a searchable database to keep track of it all, that's a good thing.
This story originally appeared on Esquire.com. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.