Netflix cancels House of Cards after allegation against Kevin Spacey

Netflix has announced it will be canceling House of Cards, the series starring actor Kevin Spacey, in the wake of an allegation leveled against Spacey Sunday. From Deadline:

Coming just over 12-hours after the Star Trek Discovery star first made public his allegations on October 29 of what happened at a party at Spacey’s NYC apartment back in the mid-1980s, the streaming service made the official decision today sources tell us. While Netflix and producers Media Rights Capital were leaning towards ending the show, key cast and creatives were only alerted this morning in a series of calls.

“Media Rights Capital and Netflix are deeply troubled by last night’s news concerning Kevin Spacey,’ said the companies in a joint statement today. “In response to last night’s revelations, executives from both of our companies arrived in Baltimore this afternoon to meet with our cast and crew to ensure that they continue to feel safe and supported. As previously scheduled, Kevin Spacey is not working on set at this time.”

As Jazz noted this morning, Spacey was accused Sunday of making an advance on actor Anthony Rapp when he was 14-years-old. Spacey responded with a statement saying 1) he was gay and 2) he didn’t remember the incident in question. Netflix’s decision to cancel House of Cards suggests what they think about point #2. As for point #1, GLAAD has responded to that, criticizing Spacey and the media for turning the allegation into a coming out story. From Variety:

“Coming-out stories should not be used to deflect from allegations of sexual assault,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of GLAAD. “This is not a coming-out story about Kevin Spacey, but a story of survivorship by Anthony Rapp and all those who bravely speak out against unwanted sexual advances. The media and public should not gloss over that.”

As many people were pointing out last night after Spacey’s statement was released, the media seemed to be missing the real story:

Finally, from the “everybody f**king knew” files, this joke aired on Seth McFarland’s “Family Guy” in 2005: