It's been a rough couple of days for X-Men producer-director Bryan Singer. With X-Men: Days of Future Past only several short weeks away, Singer has been accused of molestation dating back to the late 90s, linking him to a troublesome sex ring involving several other players within the Hollywood elite.
The allegations are coming from Michael Egan, who claims he was molested by Singer and others when he was 17. Below is a video of his testimony.
The accusations seem almost endless. Egan claims he was force-fed drugs and alcohol, and he was even allegedly forced to be molested at gunpoint.
ABC is already distancing themselves from Singer in all promotional material involving Singer's hand in the upcoming Black Box, and 20th Century Fox has already released a statement:
These are serious allegations, and they will be resolved in the appropriate forum. This is a personal matter, which Bryan Singer and his representatives are addressing separately.
And there you have it. A lot of finger-pointing, but no evidence yet to confirm either way. Of course, the unavoidable question due to the timing is [X-Men: Days Of Future Past](movie:203942) how will this affect ?
Of course, we don't want to be insensitive to Egan and other victims if this is all true (and it's looking like it), but the hard truth is that this film is a major production that many of us have been anticipating for quite some time now. Hundreds of people have put a ton of time, effort and money into getting this film on the big screen, and so, the reality is that these allegations will also affect them.
We have to ask ourselves whether or not it is ethical to knowingly support a film that was made by a child molester. The inherent problem at the moment, obviously, is that we don't know for sure if Singer is guilty. If he's not, then we don't have much of a dilemma to deal with.
But let's say he is. Let's entertain the idea that within the next few weeks or even days, indisputable evidence will confirm that Singer is actually guilty of many of these allegations, if not all of them. Should we still watch X-Men: Days of Future Past?
My first instinct says no. I believe in consequences for major crimes like this, and I wouldn't feel comfortable knowing my money is helping a man who has done such terrible things.
But thinking through the situation, I can't help but make the decision that I will end up seeing this film anyway (paying for it, that is). The fact of the matter is that while Singer was a major contributor to this film, he isn't the film itself. My money will also be supporting the sacrifices made by the cast and crew who did absolutely nothing wrong.
In other words, I'd rather let the courts deal with Singer while we enjoy the movie that was made for us by a team of gifted, dedicated individuals in the film industry. For the same reason I would feel uncomfortable supporting a child molester, I would also feel terrible for punishing people who are clearly innocent by shunning their hard work that I've been looking forward to paying for.
But that's just me. What about the rest of you?
X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theaters May 23.
We'll be keeping you posted on any and all updates related to the Bryan Singer allegations.