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The Only Thing More Offensive Than Alan Cumming’s Photo With Terry Richardson Is His Excuse For Posting It

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Yesterday, Alan Cumming posted a photo just hangin' with accused sexual predator Terry Richardson after a Harpers Bazaar shoot for which he received quite a bit of internet backlash. Which you and I and most normal people with a functioning internet connection probably could have seen coming ten miles away with our eyelids taped shut. But apparently, Alan has real estate in the giant rock industry and spends his free time avoiding huge news stories like the sexual assault accusations that have been leveled against Terry since the dawn of man.

The tweet that started it all is the following one, where Alan jokingly poses as Terry, and Terry poses as not-a-creep. Spoiler alert: they switch glasses.

Alan Cumming And Terry Richardson Deleted Photo

(Screenshot: Buzzfeed)

Understandably, the tweet offended many of Alan's followers. Because, hellooo, who doesn't know about the allegation muck Terry has been swimming through in recent years? Or, how about in recent days, following that profile of Terry in New York Magazine, which was under fire for suppressing the voices of Terry's alleged victims? Well, if those questions weren't rhetorical, the answer would totally be “Alan Cumming.” Because, in response to the legion of disappointed fans who replied to the tweet, Alan played the “Oopsies, I didn't know!” card.

Alan Cumming And Terry Richardson Deleted Photo

(Screenshot: Buzzfeed)

I have a couple of issues with this, the first being that he's since deleted the damn apology tweet. Maybe he did it because he used the word “appraised” in a brand new way that no one's ever seen before. But it's more likely that he's trying to forget all about this, as he's also deleted the original photo. And, it's like, great job owning up to your mistakes! When you delete things from the internet, no one ever remembers and no one ever ever takes a screen shot.

The other is that “I didn't know” is a ridiculous excuse at this point, considering the fact that Terry's ultra-skeevy aesthetic has become one of the most recognizable in the world. He shouldn't have had “no idea” because it's sort of everyone's jobs, famous or not, to know a thing or two about the people they choose to work with. And these allegations are a pretty huge part of Terry's photography career and Google search results.

It's obvious that one of the main reasons why Terry is able to get away with as much as he has is that he's still such a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood. But there is a level of accountability that you have to accept when you and your peers are almost directly in charge of whether or not a repeatedly-accused predator continues to get work. If other influential people elected to say “no” more often than they say “I didn't know!” (or worse, “I didn't care”) we might be able to finally rid ourselves of at least one overly-powerful creep. And that's a step.

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