Plausible Deniability: Celebrities’ Secret Weapon Against Accountability and Consequences

My name is on it, but I’m only here for the profits, not the problems or the blame

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“Over the course of nearly two decades, 3,000 episodes and employing over 1000 staff members, we have strived to create an open, safe and inclusive work environment…” “We are truly heartbroken and sorry to learn that even one person in our production family has had a negative experience.” (Buzzfeed)

What I see and hear from this statement is: We’re taking full responsibility to divert attention from the celebrity who profits from the show to protect their reputation and brand. We’re truly sorry that a few Black people and people with disabilities “had a bad experience” and “heartbroken” that their stories went public because we’ve done a great job overall producing 3000 shows with 1000’s of healthy, happy white people and we promise to do better — even though we created the culturally incompetent, diversity deficient, toxic environment that we’re promise to fix (so we can keep our jobs).

The PR playbook is predictable:

Someone has to be sacrificed to show that they “take these allegations seriously”. In this case, one of the producers will probably take the blame and resign or be “fake fired”. I say fake — because they will have already negotiated his golden parachute with a generous severance package (so they don’t suffer)…

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