“…now is the time to set an example and they could make their own history to show that this kind of misogyny in the film and entertainment industry is not acceptable.”
RSC: The Walk of Shame really brings home the idea of a Hollywood facade. There’s a whole lot of names on the Walk of Fame implicated in years of embedded misogyny. Did you find any particularly surprising during your research? I was unaware of the open case of the rape and murder of actress Virginia Rappe. It’s disgraceful, really hammered down the fact this behaviour has been let off lightly for far too long.
RL: Yes, it is. Over the course of working on this project for 6 months, it really became clear that men have been let off so easy due to their status. The documents about the rape and murder of actress Virginia Rappe by Roscoe Arbuckle in 1921 and Errol Flynn’s rape of two teenage girls in 1943 are horrendous. Reporters in the media were putting the blame on the women and illustrating as delinquents of society. Outrageously, Roscoe Arbuckle even received an apology letter from the jury after the trial.
The most surprising point I found out is that they both received stars on the Walk of Fame on the 8th February 1960, regardless of what they did in the past. Other honourees who were inducted into the Walk of Fame on this date who are accused in the book include Spade Cooley, Clark Gable, Alfred Hitchcock, Emil Jannings, Louis B. Mayer and Gig Young.
RSC: Why do you think that the Hollywood Commerce are so reluctant to listen?
RL: The Hollywood Commerce’s argument is that if they had to remove one star then there would be no stars left with all of the scandal in Hollywood. They also said “once a star has been added to the walk, it is considered a part of the historic fabric of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Because of this, we have never removed a star from the walk.” That said, now is the time to set an example and they could make their own history to show that this kind of misogyny in the film and entertainment industry is not acceptable.