If you weren’t paying attention during the GLAAD Media Awards Thursday night, you could’ve missed the show’s references to Kevin Spacey.
On Thursday night, whenshows including Brooklyn Nine-Nine and This Is Us were honored for their inclusive representation onscreen, the mood was mostly light. Host Wanda Sykes joked
“Don’t party too hard, we don’t want any accidental adoptions,” she quipped.
But she also mentioned a certain individual who has been accused of sexual misconduct.
“Everybody’s here tonight. Well actually, we’re missing a few, thanks to the Me Too, Time’s Up movement,” she said. “So y’all might recognize your Uber drivers tonight. Hey, listen, you don’t need to give Spacey five stars, but leave him a tip.”
The room was silent for a beat, then there were a few cheers.
Spacey was referenced again, later on in the show, when Star Trek: Discovery stars and onscreen couple Anthony Rapp and Wilson Cruz shared the stage. Cruz congratulated Rapp on helping to ignite the Me Too movement, without getting into detail.
But the room knew what they were congratulating Rapp for, and attendees applauded him.
Rapp was the first person to come forward and accuse Spacey of sexual misconduct in October. Since then, more than a dozen men have alleged Spacey assaulted them.
“I hoped my story would help people tell their truth, and it did,” said Rapp.
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