After a leaked video and photos of his nude scene in the Broadway production Take Me Outwent viral online, Jesse Williams said it would not put his on-stage performance behind the scenes, despite violating ethical boundaries.
I''m not rushing about it. I cant help that. We must keep advocating for ourselves. It''s great to see a community push back and explain what we do stand for, what we dont, the actor expressed. So, let''s keep it all in mind.
He stated that the theater is a sacred space, and everybody understands that. Everybody does not necessarily respect or consider that in a way that they might, or we would want.
The formerGreys Anatomy player is currently playing in the play Take Me Out, which has included a revival of Richard Greenbergs'' exploration of what happens when a Major League Baseball star comes out as gay. His performance has earned him a Tony Award nomination.
Second Stage Theater has a no-phone policy for the play, which includes multiple nude scenes, requiring audience members to lock their cellphones away for the duration of the play. A statement emerged revealing the intention to have every video and image removed from the internet.
It is deeply regretful that one audience member chose to disrespect the production, their fellow audience members, and, most importantly, the cast in this manner, according to the statement. Taking naked pictures of anyone without their consent is highly objectionable, and it can have severe legal consequences. putting it on the internet is a gross and unacceptable violation of trust between the actor and the audience forged in the theater community.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, a Williams co-star, spoke out about the nude leak.
I am shocked by the disrespect made to actors of our company, which on the back of Twitter, sharing the theater statement. Anyone who applauds or trivializes this behavior has no place in the theater which has always been a safe space for artists and audience members.
According to the New York Times, the Second Stage Theater has added additional security measures to monitor audience behavior.
Were discussing internally whether we would finish the programme, or send an usher or security when we see someone, to remove them, according to Peter Dean, the producer of Second Stage.