Here’s a fun one. I have had nonconsensual sex with a guy in the LA improv community! That’s right, one of you! And the weird thing is, I bet he doesn’t even think about it that way. Even though I said “no” and “I don’t want to” and “what are you doing” (and “you have a girlfriend”) dozens and…
Erika’s one of the bravest people I know and one of my best friends. When she told me this story I didn’t know what to say. It was the first time someone close to me had spoken openly about their abuse and I was just speechless.
Since then, I’ve heard other stories about this kind of thing, especially thanks to the #yesallwomen phenomenon. And it’s such a huge step for women everywhere. I’m so proud of everyone involved. Never let anyone- a man or woman - anyone control you. It’s just such a powerful movement.
I’ve heard stories like this, about guys I know. ABOUT GUYS IN THE IMPROV COMMUNITY. MULTIPLE STORIES. MULTIPLE GUYS. All I want is to call them out and shame them for what they’ve done. But it’s not up to me to do that. Just know that this type of stuff is not ok. It’s not cool to do this to anyone and you’re going to come to the realization sooner or later that you’re a piece of shit. People turn to improv because they were never the popular guy in school. And now some guys feel they are and they can get away with anything- like “getting” any girl they want. It’s time to grow up. This is not high school, we are all adults even if we do comedy and drink on the weeknights. We are all old and this is not high school. Everyone should know better and grow up and be responsible human beings. I really hope this whole thing changes the way we interact and communicate with each other. I hope it leads to better things. I’m ready for it.