Robin Wright says Kevin Spacey can reform himself
Robin Wright and Kevin Spacey co-starred in Netflix's acclaimed show 'House Of Cards'. They played on-screen power couple, Claire and Frank Underwood. However, following allegations of sexual assault against Spacey, Netflix terminated his contract; which is why the final season would now center around Claire. However, the 52-year-old actor felt that everyone deserved a second chance, including Spacey. Here's what she said.
Everyone reforms, grows and becomes a better person
In an interview with Net-A-Porter, Robin commented that every human being deserved a second chance. She believes that everyone has the ability to reform. She termed it as 'growth'. Robin expressed sorrow as the media dragged Spacey's private life into public court of opinion. However, she realized the necessity of the same. Further, she maintained she is not in contact with Spacey anymore.
Spacey's backstory: A patterned life of sexual abuse
Notably, a few months back, Spacey was one of the biggest names that came up in the #MeToo movement. After actor Anthony Rapp accused him of sexual assault, the floodgates opened. There was a barrage of accusations and Spacey tried to turn the situation by coming out as gay. However, people didn't buy it. Till date, a total of 30 men have accused Spacey.
Retributive v/s restorative justice, the future of #MeToo
It may sound presumptuous but Robin's comments might set the stage for Spacey's comeback. This certainly raises questions about the future of #MeToo. Justice should follow the reform-restoration-reintegration trajectory, rather than a retributive pattern. However, social media or public justice rarely does it. What now happens to Spacey's career remains to be seen.
Is the death of the artist a myth?
Notably, only Harvey Weinstein, the first accused in #MeToo, has faced legal justice and been imprisoned. This begs the question- what is the most suitable form of justice? A social boycott of art and artist, or pre-established justice system with patriarchal biases? If accused artists return, can we separate art from the artist? Or shall we always see Spacey the monster, never the actor?