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‘Wonder Woman 2’ will be the first film to implement new anti-sexual harassment guidelines
The announcement came from PGA Presidents Gary Lucchesi and Lori McCreary at the PGA Awards Saturday night, according to Vanity Fair’s Rebecca Keegan.
— Rebecca Keegan (@ThatRebecca) January 21, 2018
The new anti-sexual harassment guidelines, which the PGA released on Friday, were the work of the PGA’s anti-sexual harassment task force. It’s a result of three months of work, and the letter from Lucchesi and McCreary revealing the guidelines stresses that they’re a work in progress and that they might change and evolve.
“Sexual harassment can no longer be tolerated in our industry or within the ranks of the Producers Guild membership,” Lucchesi and McCreary told Variety on Friday. “We provide key leadership in creating and sustaining work environments built on mutual respect, so it is our obligation to change our culture and eradicate this abuse. While the PGA is a voluntary membership organization, the PGA’s anti-sexual harassment guidelines are sanctioned as best practices for our members.”
Those guidelines suggest that cast and crew should receive anti-sexual harassment training at the start of production, recommends different ways of reporting sexual harassment, and advises producers to be on the lookout for potential retaliation. For those who are sexually harassed on-set, the PGA suggests documenting harassment, talking to the harasser, and telling them what was inappropriate about their behavior if they feel safe to do so, and reporting it to one of the people designated and trained to handle sexual harassment.
The guidelines were created in the wake of reports of systematic sexual harassment in Hollywood, including the dozens of women who say that Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed and sexually assaulted dozens of women over several decades. Weinstein was banned for life from the PGA last year.
It also arrives as several women said that Brett Ratner—who was a producer on Wonder Woman—sexually harassed them and Ellen Page said that Ratner harassed and abused her on the set of X-Men: The Last Stand. Ratner is no longer serving as a producer on Wonder Woman 2.
Michelle Jaworski is a staff writer and the resident Game of Thrones expert at the Daily Dot. She covers entertainment, geek culture, and pop culture and has brought her knowledge to conventions like Con of Thrones. She is based in New Jersey.