HBO Host John Oliver Took Dustin Hoffman to Task for His Response to Abuse Allegations
John Oliver, host of the Emmy winning HBO show Last Week Tonight, is cementing his place as a voice of reason in an era of “fake news.”
During a panel on Monday night to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Dustin Hoffman political drama, Wag The Dog, Oliver asked the actor about recent allegations that he had groped the then-17-year-old Anna Graham Hunter on a set in the 1980s. When Hoffman shrugged off the question, Oliver slammed the actor, telling him, “It’s that kind of response to this stuff that pisses me off.”
In a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter, Graham Hunter published her diary from the time she worked as a production assistant on the 1985 made-for-TV movie, Death of a Salesman, starring Hoffman. In the diary, she discusses the unwanted touching, explicit sexual discussions and the mixed feelings she had about the actor, who was 48 at the time.
Oliver brought up the publication of Graham Hunter’s diary during the conversation, saying, “this is something we’re going to have to talk about because … it’s hanging in the air.” Hoffman was quick to snap back that Oliver was “making assumptions” before adding that he did not remember events in the same way. Oliver then brought up Hoffman’s response to the publication of Graham Hunter’s diary, calling the apology, “inadequate.”
“I have the utmost respect for women and feel terrible that anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable situation. I am sorry. It is not reflective of who I am,” Hoffman said in his response back in November, which is what Oliver found so infuriating.
“It’s that kind of response to this stuff that pisses me off. It is reflective of who you were,” Oliver said. “If you’ve given no evidence to show it didn’t [happen], then there was a period of time for a while when you were a creeper around women. It feels like a cop-out to say, ‘It wasn’t me.’ Do you understand how that feels like a dismissal?”
The Washington Post has a clip of the exchange (which is a must-watch), showing Oliver standing up to Hoffman, eventually groaning when Hoffman’s continued attempts to wave off the accusations are clearly going nowhere. Later in the Post clip, Hoffman continues to make excuses for his behavior during the era and how it was a different time.
While Oliver was clearly as uncomfortable with the conversation as Hoffman, he pressed on, with Hoffman later trying to clear his name by shouting out his 1982 comedy hit Tootsie — a movie where Hoffman plays a straight man dressing in drag in order to get a better acting job — as some sort of feminist awakening. Tootsie was made at least three years before the events in Graham Hunter’s diary.
While it doesn’t appear that Hoffman understands why people are upset at his lack of introspection on events in his past, Oliver’s decision to press the star in an unconventional way is something more people in Hollywood should probably be doing — because it’s tough conversations that are going to create change, not just pointing out flaws.
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(Photos by Jason Kember + Bryan Bedder /Getty)
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)