Apatow’s jokes blocked from press
BEVERLY HILLS, California - Producer and director Judd Apatow has been a vocal critic of sexual misconduct in Hollywood and other industries, but the Directors Guild of America blocked certain press from hearing his opening remarks on the matter at their untelevised awards show Saturday night.
“It’s just for the room,” a Directors Guild representative told reporters as the video and audio feed went dark when Apatow took the stage. No prior indication had been given that press would be denied access to any moment of the show.
Yet among the roughly 1,000 directors, producers, actors, executives and publicists watching Apatow speak inside the main ballroom, there were also reporters from outlets such as The Washington Post, Vanity Fair and Variety, all of whom were tweeting about his remarks as they happened.
A DGA representative said that the reason the feed was not made available to press was to prevent audiovisual distribution of Apatow’s monologue and stressed that certain press were reporting from the ballroom.
According to those in the ballroom, Apatow talked about the dismal statistics for female directors in the industry and how Harvey Weinstein ruined bathrobes for his wife. He also reportedly joked about a cash-grab “sexual harassers” movie featuring Kevin Spacey as a trans veteran fighting cancer and Bill Cosby as president that would be directed by Brett Ratner, written by Woody Allen, scored by R. Kelly and catered by Mario Batali - men who have all been accused in recent months of sexual misconduct.