What the Harvey Weinstein scandal has illustrated is a lot about people knew what was going on, few pushed back (see This Actress’s Harvey Weinstein Story is One of The Worst Yet and John Oliver on Hollywood’s Complicity: What the F***?). Which is why I love this Carrie Fisher story. Her friend Heather Ross was sexually harassed by a powerful producer (ahem, still no name). Ross told Fisher about it.
Fisher then responded in a way that would make Jabba the Hutt take a step back:
Carrie Fisher once sent a cow’s tongue to a producer after he sexually assaulted her longtime friend, screenwriter Heather Ross. Ross revealed during an interview with 94.9 MIXfm on Thursday, October 12, that an unnamed Oscar-winning producer climbed on top of her in a car years ago and allegedly began making unwanted sexual advances. She told the Tucson, Arizona, radio station that she managed to get away as the producer shouted, “You’ll never make a movie in my town … Get the F out of my car!”
The writer later confided in Fisher, who took matters into her own hands. “About two weeks later, she sent me a message online and said, ‘I just saw [him] at Sony Studios. I knew he would probably be there, so I went to his office and personally delivered a Tiffany box wrapped with a white bow,'” Ross recalled.
“I asked her what was inside and she said, ‘It was a cow tongue from Jerry’s Famous Deli in Westwood with a note that said, ‘If you ever touch my darling Heather or any other woman again, the next delivery will be something of yours in a much smaller box!'” Ross explained.
Carrie Fisher will always be my favorite Disney Princess. Delivering a cow’s tongue in a minty box better suited for sparkling diamonds. The message is just gravy. Served with two strategically placed biscuits.
Sure, even though I just threw up in my mouth a little referring to Star Wars as a Disney property. It’s been five years, but it doesn’t get easier.
Now, the important notes: good on Carrie Fisher for having her friend’s back and delivering a message in ways Francis Ford Coppola would be proud. If not envious of. Major kudos. But at some point, we need to have a larger discussion about naming these people. We might need to cover why people aren’t being named, the reasons they’re still kept anonymous, but we will need actual names if we’re going to do anything about this rampant problem in Hollywood.