Success! Netflix Ousts Alleged Rapist Danny Masterson

Women have been sexually harassed for as long as we can remember. We’ve endured numerous sexual attacks and for many of us, it’s been difficult to speak about them. Finally, the #MeToo movement is changing that.

This year, hundreds of women and men have come forward to share their harrowing tales of sexual assault. And justice is finally being served to many of the abusers.

Danny Masterson is among one of the recent cases to make the headlines.

Masterson stars in “The Ranch,” a Netflix comedy about a failed professional athlete, played by Ashton Kutcher, who returns home to help his father and brother (Danny Masterson) on their family ranch.

Kutcher also co-starred with Masterson on the hit sitcom “That 70s Show.”

Masterson has been accused of rape by four women, all in the early 2000s. At least three of these women were members of the Church of Scientology, like Masterson. The women reported these incidents at the time, but the Church dismissed them, something it is notorious for doing.

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has been investigating for some time but no charges have been filed.

However, last March “The Underground Bunker” published reports from the LAPD: One of the women alleged that Masterson anally raped her and another said she was passed out but awoke to find him raping her, upon which he choked her so that she again passed out.

While Netflix cancelled House of Cards when they learned that Kevin Spacey, who starred in the show, had been accused of sexual assault against a minor, they weren’t taking any action against Danny Masterson in spite of his alleged rapes.

That’s why Care2 decided to create a petition, calling on Netflix to keep sending the message that they don’t support rapists by canceling “The Ranch.”

As the petition noted,

“Netflix is absolutely a leader in television right now. What they do sets the trend for everyone else. If they continue to do the right thing and fire anyone who endangers others, that will have a ripple effect in the entertainment industry.”

Numerous Care2 members agreed that Netflix needs to have a zero tolerance policy toward sexual assault, and the petition quickly garnered almost 40,000 signatures from activists outraged that Netflix was not taking action against Masterson.

Success!

The importance of the Care2 petition was noted in this article in Vice, and on December 5, Netflix announced that it had fired Masterson from “The Ranch.”

Netflix said producers wrote Danny Masterson out of “The Ranch,” as a result of ongoing discussions.

A huge shout-out to all you Care2 members who signed this petition and to all the other activists who’ve been pressuring Netflix to do the right thing and drop Masterson.

As the Care2 petition points out, “Netflix knew about all the rapes seven months ago, and they still green lighted season 4 of ‘The Ranch.’”

One of the alleged rape victims even confronted a Netflix executive, Andy Yeatman, at a children’s soccer game last weekend and asked him why the company had not done anything about Masterson. He allegedly responded that while Netflix normally takes such allegations seriously, in this case he didn’t believe the women bringing the accusations.

The refusal by the Church of Scientology, the Los Angeles Police Department and Mr. Yeatman to take any action against Danny Masterson is sadly reflective of the misogyny still prevalent worldwide in the 21st century.

But the success of this petition shows the importance of persisting in the pursuit of justice even when it seems nobody is paying attention.

Inspired by this success? Why not start your own petition about an issue you care deeply about? Begin by checking out these guidelines and pretty soon you’ll find the Care2 community signing up to support you.

 

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108 comments

Mike R
Mike R3 days ago

Thanks

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Mike R
Mike R3 days ago

Thanks

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Cathy B
Cathy B16 days ago

Thank you for posting.

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Jim Ven
Jim Ven28 days ago

thanks

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Jim Ven
Jim Ven28 days ago

thanks

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Jerome S
Jerome S28 days ago

thanks for sharing

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Jerome S
Jerome S28 days ago

thanks for sharing

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Frank Hanline
Frank Hanlineabout a month ago

@ Renee M: When people start believing males when they say they were victims of female violence and emotional blackmail, then you might have a shot.

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Teresa W
Teresa Wabout a month ago

thank you

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Renee M
Renee Mabout a month ago

Personally I'm getting tired of people discounting the victims with comments such as "why did they wait so long to come forward"... Well until society stops making the victim feel like the bad guy and starts appropriately punishing those who are committing these horrific assaults things will not significantly change. Victims of rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment have already been through such awful experiences and to compound that with not being believed, blamed for the action that happened to them and having to recount the events repeatedly is just too much for many people. These attacks need to be treated as the crimes they are then maybe the victims will then feel safe coming forward to keep it from happening to others.

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