Charlyne Yi, an American actress, singer, and comedian, shocked the world when she spoke out about James Franco’s insidious toxicity on the set of The Disaster Artist.
She also chastised the film’s production team, including Seth Rogen, for allowing such predatory acts. Yi played costume designer Safowa Bright-Asare in the film, which was a parody of the cult classic The Room.
She admitted that after hearing about Franco’s latest exploits, she wanted to break the deal because she didn’t want to work with a sexual predator. She was then bribed with a bigger job in exchange for her silence.
Since she shared her story on April 7, other celebrities, including Michelle Macedo, have spoken out against Franco’s misbehavior. Yi continues to use her platform to bring attention to the issue.
On April 11, Yi shared a post from So You Want To Talk More about the true meaning of consent.
To begin, the post clarified what consent does not imply: simply dressing up sultrily, flirting, accepting a ride or a drink does not imply consent to sexual advances.
The post went on to say that since they are not completely awake, an intoxicated person’s “yes” should not be considered consensual. This includes situations where an individual is forced to say “yes.” The post also reminded people that when they say “no,” they really mean it.
The rest of the post focused on how consent isn’t discussed enough. It emphasized that consent entails all parties agreeing to participate in sexual intercourse, setting limits, and respecting one another.
It’s perfectly fine when two people are able to indulge in physical intimacy without any pressure and in a clear state of mind. The article also included some startling attack figures. According to it, one out of every two women has been subjected to sexual assault other than rape at some point in their lives.
One in every five women has been raped, and one in every three women has been the victim of domestic abuse. One out of every five men has experienced sexual harassment other than rape, and one out of every two transgender people has been sexually abused at some point in their lives.
Furthermore, just because a partner consented to one interaction at a time does not mean they consented to another sexual contact, according to the article.
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It is permissible for people to change their minds at any time. If you are unhappy, you may withdraw your consent. The best way to ensure relaxation is to actually speak about it.
When it comes to consent, red flags in relationships are often overlooked. Consenting under duress or guilt, being made to feel as if one owes a sexual favor, responding negatively to a “no,” and ignoring desires and nonverbal signals are all symptoms of a toxic relationship.
In the same way, the article debunked a few myths about consent. To begin with, sexual assault committed by a girlfriend or spouse is also considered sexual assault. If a victim is unable to fight back for any reason, this does not mean they “wanted it.” Rather, it is a frozen reaction to the trauma, in which they are unable to respond.
Silence is neither a “yes” nor a “no.” The acronym “FRIES” stands for “Freshly Granted, Reversible, Informed, Enthusiastic, and Specific,” and it encompasses all of the fundamentals of consent.
The National Sexual Assault Hotline (800 656 4673), Planned Parenthood (800 230 7526), Victim Connect Live Chat (victimconnect.org), the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline (866 331 9474), and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800 273 8255) are among the important resources mentioned.
Finally, the post emphasized that no one is alone. It is always possible to seek assistance.
Franco’s Allegations History
Franco has been accused of sexual misconduct many times in the last decade. In 2014, a 17-year-old girl filed the first complaint against him. She posted screenshots of Franco’s texts, revealing that he forced her to meet in a hotel room.
Franco, who was 35 at the time, acknowledged the messages but said that the legal age of consent in New York was 17. He also admitted to making mistakes and claimed to have learned his lesson.
Violet Paley, his ex-girlfriend, accused him of asking her to have oral sex later in 2018. The Los Angeles Times announced in the same year that five women had accused him of sexual assault. Two of the women filed charges against him, but the cases were dismissed after Franco denied any of the claims.