Controversy on Broadway after a spectator recorded a nude during a play

Put yourself in situation.

Controversy on Broadway after a spectator recorded a nude during a play

Put yourself in situation. You act in a Broadway play and your role requires you to strip. As a good professional that he is, and knowing that this is what the script requires, he does it. But then someone from the public records him and leaks on social networks. Of course, the video goes viral.

This has happened in the United States and has sparked a heated controversy about the privacy of professionals and how to guarantee it.

The affected, Jesse Williams, one of the protagonists of the play on homophobia in sports Take Me Out, for which he has received a Tony Award nomination, has received numerous expressions of support since this Tuesday came to light some images of his performance recorded by a spectator who was breaking the rules, since it is forbidden to take out the phone during the work.

In fact, given the type of scenes that are witnessed, attendees must keep their phones in special bags that are sealed at the beginning of the work. But said viewer flouted that safety rule.

Theatrical production company Second Stage says it is "dismayed that this policy has been violated and an unauthorized video has been published" of the play, in which Williams, who plays a "come out" baseball player, performs nude. a few minutes, just like another colleague, in a scene that takes place in a locker room.

"Taking nude photos of someone without their consent is highly objectionable and can have serious legal consequences," said the company, which has been actively calling for the files to be removed on social media and has added "additional staff" to ensure compliance. their policies.

The director, Peter Dean, explained to The New York Times that the security team monitored the behavior of the audience in the nude scenes through a camera, but now he has added a new camera with infrared rays to have a more accurate image. clear of possible violations.

The largest union of actors and theatrical stage managers in the US, Actors Equity, condemned the incident in a statement and considered that it constitutes "sexual harassment" and a "appalling breach" in the consent agreement between the actors and the public. , which affects the "ability to tell stories with courage and daring".