Issa Rae criticizes effort to save Ezra Miller's movies, career as a 'microcosm of Hollywood'
Issa Rae is speaking out about Ezra Miller's string of arrests, describing the controversy surrounding "The Flash" star as a "microcosm of Hollywood."
In an interview for Elle published online Thursday, Rae, 37, opened up about several topics, including the #MeToo movement and how Hollywood treats women.
According to the comedian, attempts within the industry to shield Miller from consequences prove that, ultimately, what Hollywood cares most about is money.
USA TODAY has reached out to a representative for Miller for comment.
“I’m gonna be real, the stuff that’s happening with Ezra Miller is, to me, a microcosm of Hollywood," Rae said. "There’s this person who’s a repeat offender, who’s been behaving atrociously, and as opposed to shutting them down and shutting the production down, there’s an effort to save the movie and them."
In March, Miller, who is nonbinary and uses they/them pronouns, was arrested in Hawaii for disorderly conduct, and was arrested again in April on suspicion of assault. In June, Miller was accused of grooming an 18-year-old activist by the teen's parents. More recently, Miller was charged with felony burglary in Stamford, Vermont, according to a Vermont State Police report published Aug. 8.
Despite the actor's scandals, "The Flash" movie is still scheduled to be released June 23, 2023, starring Miller as Barry Allen. At Warner Bros. Discovery's quarterly earnings call in early August, CEO David Zaslav named "The Flash" film as one of the upcoming projects he's excited about.
"That is a clear example of the lengths that Hollywood will go to to save itself and to protect offenders," Rae continued. "So, don’t do that, and women may be able to thrive. They won’t have to live in fear of keeping silent because it’ll ruin their careers. It’s just a constant pattern of abuse that’ll only persist if Hollywood continues to insist on being this way.”
In a statement obtained by USA TODAY in August, Miller said they are seeking treatment for "complex mental health issues" following their arrests.
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"Having recently gone through a time of intense crisis, I now understand that I am suffering complex mental health issues and have begun ongoing treatment," Miller said. "I want to apologize to everyone that I have alarmed and upset with my past behavior. I am committed to doing the necessary work to get back to a healthy, safe and productive stage in my life."
On March 27, officers arrested the actor in Hawaii over a disorderly patron call alleging Miller yelled obscenities in a bar, grabbed a microphone from a woman and lunged at a man playing darts, according to the Hawaii Police Department. Officers charged Miller with disorderly conduct and harassment for becoming "agitated" by people singing karaoke.
Hours later, Miller allegedly broke into a couple's bedroom and became subject to a temporary restraining order, police said. The couple also accused Miller of stealing some belongings, including a passport and wallet.
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Miller was arrested again in Hawaii on April 19 on suspicion of assault after allegedly becoming irate when asked to leave an event at a Big Island home and throwing a chair that left a woman’s forehead with a half-inch cut, according to police.
Miller’s legal troubles continued when the parents of an 18-year-old North Dakota resident, Tokata Iron Eyes, accused Miller of grooming and controlling their child for years and filed for a protective order.
Miller also starred in Mary Harron’s biopic "Dalíland," which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. The actor plays young Salvador Dalí, a Spanish surrealist artist.
'The Flash' actor Ezra Miller arrested again in Hawaii for allegedly throwing chair at woman