Kevin Spacey has been fired from the Netflix series House of Cards amid allegations of sexual misconduct, but the news has some fans up in arms—and not necessarily because they are defending Spacey. Kevin Spacey’s real-life house of cards came tumbling down last week when Star Trek: Discovery star Anthony Rapp alleged sexual misconduct toward him by Spacey in 1986 when he was 14 years old. In an ill-received response, Kevin denied recollection of the incident but blamed any inappropriate conduct on “drunken behavior.” Spacey also came out as gay in the same statement.
Since that time, other accusers have come forward, so perhaps it is no surprise that Netflix has now severed ties with Kevin Spacey, who had also been set to star in the now-scrapped Netflix movie Gore. While Netflix’s statement sounds like a done deal, House of Cards producer Media Rights Capital described Spacey’s status on the series as “suspended,” according to Deadline.
Kevin Spacey has played fictional U.S. president Frank Underwood on House of Cards since 2013. The Netflix series had just started production on its sixth season when allegations against Spacey put production on hiatus. There is no definitive plan for the future of House of Cards.
Amid news of Kevin Spacey’s firing, House of Cards fans took to social media to question why the actor is being let go from his job playing a fake TV president while the real president, Donald Trump, is still in office amid allegations of his own misconduct over the years. House of Cards fans were outraged that Spacey, an actor, is being held to a higher standard than the real-life POTUS. You can see Twitter reactions to Kevin Spacey’s firing below.
Kevin Spacey, a fake president, loses his job immediately after allegations come to light. Trump gets elected president after allegations.— Koshin Jimcali (@KoshinJimcali) November 3, 2017
Kevin Spacey has been fired from House of Cards, Weinstein has been fired from his company, but sexual assaulter Trump remains president.— Laurie Crosswell ???? (@lauriecrosswell) November 4, 2017
Why is Kevin Spacey removed from a fictional presidency for sexual abuse but Donald Trump is still the ACTUAL PRESIDENT— Jamie Lambert (@JamieCollabro) October 31, 2017
Spacey, Weinstein, Cosby, O’Reilly — careers all down the tube recently as sexual harassment comes to light. But Trump elected president ????????— Andrew Abramson (@AbramsonFL) November 4, 2017
So Kevin Spacey's entire life goes down the drain while Trump is allowed to continue his crime. How does this make sense?— Rachel Butera (@RachelAButera) November 3, 2017
Is Kevin Spacey done? He is, right? Amazing. What a waste. No one is untouchable (except for Trump I suppose?).— Josh Horowitz (@joshuahorowitz) November 3, 2017
Fictional President Underwood is getting his show canceled because of sexual harassment, meanwhile Trump is still in the White house ????— Allen Marshall (@AllenCMarshall) November 3, 2017
If Netflix can impeach Frank Underwood, America can impeach Donald Trump.— Rafael Shimunov (@rafaelshimunov) October 30, 2017
Surprisingly, Twitter-happy Donald Trump has not commented on the Kevin Spacey scandal. But Spacey has had plenty to say about Trump and his presidency in the past. Kevin Spacey once described Trump as “a disease.” And it was just a few months ago that Kevin joked he could run for president and would probably win. Spacey made his comments on Seth Meyers’ late night show, which you can see below.
Kevin Spacey’s House of Cards president was as unscrupulous as they come, but a fictional sex scandal never ended the Frank Underwood presidency. Now, a real-life scandal has ended Kevin Spacey’s career as a TV president on Netflix.
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