The final season of House of Cards sees Frank “Kevin Spacey” Underwood gone for good, and Robin Wright taking over… I believe as the president? Unless they shot the White House to the moon and switched to a monarchy, but that seems unlikely. It’s nice to see four women get the star treatment at the premiere (most of the group photos were very centered around them) but I wish I were as enamored of Robin Wright’s comments on Kevin Spacey. She sort of took a non-stance of “Gee, I didn’t really know him,” and then said she feels sorry for him in the same way she feels sorry for… well, here:
“I feel sorry for anybody whose life is in the public arena,” she said. “It’s a nightmare, can you imagine? We do a job, we share [a performance] with viewers. Why does our private life have to be public? I hate that part of this industry. It’s so invasive. I believe everyone’s personal life should be personal. Positive, negative, neutral, whatever – I don’t believe it should be anybody’s business. But I’m not talking about this [#MeToo] movement. I’m talking about media. The exposure. It’s an awful feeling. A stranger deciding they know who you are and they are going to put that in a…I mean, it’s criminal, it really is.”
That, to me, is word salad. It’s taking a very specific issue of one man’s apparent gross and pervasive misbehavior and trying to spin it into a false equivalency, but poorly. Being hounded by paps, or releasing a statement every time you end a relationship, or whathaveyou, is not the same things as having actual allegations against you reported in the media. Further, one could argue that her quote, however inadvertently, argues a) that nobody should ever speak up about personal violations, and b) the media should ignore them, simply because “personal [lives] should be personal.” At the very least, that’s the slippery slope her argument is waxing its sled to go down, and I wish she’d thought through what may well be an “I told Netflix I wouldn’t rag on Spacey” interview a bit more.