Hollywood is putting together a documentary film on the sexual harassment scandal brought to light by former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson, but Carlson claims the film is full of “fake news.”
Carlson’s story became a key part of the Me Too movement after she was fired by Fox News after working on “Fox & Friends” for more than a decade. She claimed that her employment ended because she refused sexual advances by then-president and CEO Roger Ailes.
After she was fired, she filed a lawsuit against Fox News and Ailes and several other women came forward.
The aftershocks of Carlson’s allegations against Ailes ended up highlighting a plethora of sexual harassment issues at Fox News. In fact, Bill O’Reilly left Fox News after it was revealed that he settled a sexual harassment lawsuit with a $32 million payment.
Because of the way this story rocked Fox News and kicked off some of the Me Too movement, the story caught Hollywood’s eye.
In a new film, “Fair and Balanced,” Carlson’s story is depicted by actress Nicole Kidman.
Although some would be flattered to have a documentary made about them, Carlson has completely slammed the film’s production for being filled with inaccuracies. She also wasn’t happy with her physical depiction as played by Kidman.
Carlson took to Twitter to express her concerns, saying, it’s “hard to see your own story faked.”
This looks nothing like me & the script I’ve seen makes other people out to be heroes unjustifiably. Hard to see your own story faked. Unfortunately – Proves trumps claim of #FakeNews #Realstory https://t.co/QR9Fm3d6X7
— Gretchen Carlson (@GretchenCarlson) December 11, 2018
Although Carlson doesn’t seem thrilled about the film, this is not Hollywood’s only shot on telling her story. There was also a documentary that was released last weekend called “Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes.” The documentary netted only $12,431 in its opening weekend.
As for “Fair and Balanced,” Hollywood has put together a star-studded cast including Charlize Theron, Ashley Greene, Margot Robbie, John Lithgow, Kate McKinnon, Connie Britton, and Allison Janney.
Hopefully, the film will focus on the bravery of the women coming forward, rather than the politics of the Ailes and the network. Based on Carlson’s tweet, it doesn’t look like that will be the case.