Here we go again. Every time there is a scandal in Hollywood, some smartypants decides that it’s time to dust off the innuendos and myths surrounding the death of Virginia Rappe. This time, the AP is the culprit and it’s up to us to let them know.
So now we come to the passage in question. Be sure to read this away from throwable objects. Yep, it’s more of the “Hur hur, Fatty Arbuckle was a murderer” stuff.
Are we buckled in? Here it is:
“In the first scandal to shake Hollywood, the comedian Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle attended a wild party in San Francisco in 1921 that ended in the death of actress Virginia Rappe. Rappe, writhing in pain from a ruptured bladder, accused Arbuckle of raping her. When she died days later, he was charged with murder, which was downgraded to manslaughter. Arbuckle was acquitted after three trials.”
Several folks have brought the AP’s snafu to my attention and I thank them. Here’s a link to the offending article. Typical stuff with Arbuckle and Rappe as the header image. (If you want better info, read this Smithsonian article.)
Here’s what you can do:
You can contact the AP and ask for a correction. You will find their contact form at the bottom of this page. Remember to be polite but to lay out the facts and be sure to link to the article when writing in with your concerns.
Again, be polite and professional but also be firm and have your facts lined out. This nonsense flourishes when it isn’t nipped in the bud.
P.S. Obviously, sexual harassment IS a pervasive problem in Hollywood– always has been– and recent revelations are sickening but can we NOT drag Arbuckle through the mud? Is that too much to ask?
Also, please don’t use Arbuckle as a shield to protect modern predators who have literally been caught on tape. Seriously. Sheesh. Also, please do not defend Arbuckle by shaming Virginia Rappe. It’s unnecessary and cruel.
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