“We are united in our mission to wipe out sexual harassment in the animation industry”
Female and gender nonconforming animators have penned an open letter to studio and network execs calling for an end to sexual harassment and discrimination. 217 women sent a letter to over a dozen studios, BuzzFeed reports, clearly outlining their demands to end such treatment.
Very few women have creator credits on TV shows, and many of the ones that do cosigned the letter’s message. Lauren Faust, creator of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic; Shadi Petosky, creator of Danger & Eggs; and Bob’s Burgers creator Wendy Molyneux are part of the group behind the letter. Multiple Emmy winners are also on the list.
The letter lists three demands for studio and network executives. Firstly, that every studio puts in place clear and enforceable sexual harassment policies — and takes those violations seriously. Second, that the Animation Guild add constitutional language that states it can “censure, fine, suspend or expel any member of the guild” for any kind of harassment or discriminatory language, and third, that male colleagues speak up and stand up for their female and gender nonconforming coworkers.
BuzzFeed News spoke to two dozen women in animation and says they were told repeatedly that animation is a “small industry” and that they “feared that speaking out about gender-based mistreatment would negatively affect their careers.” In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein allegations, there has been a massive reckoning in Hollywood, and this letter is part of the shift in ending that silence.
You can read the letter in full here.