jessica tholmer
December 16, 2017 5:29 pm
Rotten Apples

Lately, it feels like picking something to watch is more politically charged than ever. Before, we were choosing whether to watch something we found entertaining or spread messages we liked. Now, we also have to risk supporting abusers in our media. But that’s where Rotten Apples, the online expert of what TV shows and films are free from sexual predators. Typing your favorite series into Rotten Apples is nerve-wracking, but it’s useful to discover what’s going on behind the scenes. It is hard to keep up with the endless number of sexual assault, harassment, and rape allegations these days. But Rotten Apples was created to help keep people informed about their faves.

If you type in House of Cards for instance, Kevin Spacey’s sexual misconduct immediately flags the show as a “Rotten Apple.” If you type in That ’70s Show, Danny Masterson’s rape accusations cause it to be declared a “Rotten Apple.”

The database is brilliant. And though it’s “Fresh Apples” versus “Rotten Apples” labelling can seem silly, it’s not intended to make light of anything. The ability to stay informed about actors, producers, directors, and writers is a really good thing. It is completely up to you whether or not you keep watching a show in spite of sexual assault allegations. After all, it seems nearly impossible to completely avoid any show or movie for that reason. The Weinsteins alone were involved in so many fantastic films in the past couple of decades. However, we think it’s great that this database exists to help us become more informed.

Rotten Apples is honest, informative, and up-to-date.

And on the plus side, it’s such a relief to type in your favorite show and get a happy “Fresh Apples.”

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Let’s hope it stays that way.

And the database is extensive, too, cataloguing both major and minor roles.

It even calls out our current POTUS in his cameo roles.

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Don’t forget about this one.

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Or this one.

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If you believe the database is missing something, there’s even an option to click and submit the name of the person and an article for evidence.

We wish a tool like this didn’t have to exist.

But it’s cool that it does, and we’re definitely glad we have it. The next time you’re ready to start a new TV show or throw on a movie, give it the ol’ Rotten Apples try. It may help minimize your “to watch” list.

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