If You Support A Reboot Of 'Frasier', You're Part Of The Problem
Why do we continue to reward problematic people?
If you're excited about the potential Frasier reboot, here's the hard truth: No matter how much you loved the original series, supporting a revival is a problem. The Cheers spinoff ran for 11 years and starred Kelsey Grammer as Dr. Frasier Crane. You know this and I know this. But did you know that Kelsey Grammer has had multiple claims of abuse against him since the '90s? It's a laundry list dating back two decades that includes sexual misconduct, assault, and creating a hostile work environment. To make matters worse, his ex-wife, Camille Grammer, accused him of having intimate relations with a teenaged nanny. This information doesn't have to change what Frasier means to you, but it should change how you feel about Grammer moving forward. After all we've learned, are we really going to reward behavior like this in 2018?
Hollywood has a history of ignoring indiscretions when it's convenient. Despite fan outcry, Johnny Depp got to keep his role in Fantastic Beasts 2: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Earlier this year, HBO's Last Week Tonight featured a lighthearted bit on Russell Crowe, who is known for drunken, violent outbursts. Harvey Weinstein was allowed to terrorize women for years before the New York Times finally blew the lid off his elaborate system. The list is endless and, given what we know about Grammer, the last thing we should do is give him a larger platform.
Instead, let's take the time to discover new stories. Let's make television that stars women, people of color, and actors who haven't fielded constant assault allegations since the mid-'90s.
No more free passes; no more tenth chances for stars who didn't even deserve second ones. No more empowering problematic people. Let's stop rewarding abusive men for getting away with their crimes and make room for modern television in the process — with better theme music, to boot. Tossed salad and scrambled eggs? What were they thinking?
Don't give anyone the chance to make that happen again. I beg of you.