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Media Response to Phoenix Rising

After Phoenix Rising premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 23rd, the reviews starting pouring in, and to no ones surprise the critics loved it. Evan is portrayed as brave and courageous for coming forward, while readers are encouraged to be disturbed while watching how Hollywood has protected celebrities to incur such abuse on women. 
 
They must not have been watching the same documentary I watched, because the one directed by Amy Berg was an absolute disaster of a documentary, that should only be shown at midnight showings of independent theaters along with The Room and Cats as movies that are so bad that when collectively seen together by an audience it becomes the source of laughter and mockery. I'm being too generous, because The Room is actually a masterpiece compared to this documentary.

If I were to highlight one review of the many, it would be the short review by Kevin Maher for The Times. In fact, it is so short, that I will quote the entire thing below:

I interviewed the Westworld actress Evan Rachel Wood in 2007. Then only 20, and a year into her relationship with the shock rocker Marilyn Manson, she seemed tired and fragile, and conducted the interview from underneath a comfort blanket. The last thing she said was, "It’s been a crazy year, and I only think that it’s going to get crazier." This, it transpires, and courtesy of the shattering documentary Phoenix Rising (★★★★☆), was an understatement. One of the highlights of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, it details the alleged abuse that Wood suffered during her five-year relationship with Manson, from initial coercion to physical and sexual violence, including being allegedly plied with absinthe and openly abused during the filming of the music promo for Heart-Shaped Glasses. Of the video experience, she says: "I was essentially raped on camera."

The reason I wanted to highlight this review is because I was able to track down Maher's September 27, 2007 interview with Evan Rachel Wood for The Times, which is much longer than this review, and there were a few interesting things I would like to highlight.

1. When I read this review, Maher seems to suggest that the interview he did with Evan in 2007 has her tired and fragile and with her under a comfort blanket because of her relationship with Manson. However, when you read the interview, Evan explains to him what really happened:

The elegantly wan 20-year-old actress sits on an ornate yellow chaise-longue with a blanket wrapped around her legs, and an indignant expression etched across her face. “Last night there were literally people jumping on my car and banging on the windows!” she says. “It reminded me of the scene from The Omen, with the monkeys jumping all over the hood – it was horrifying to me!”

Since her breakout turn as a troubled adolescent in the controversial drama Thirteen, Evan Rachel Wood has slowly grown accustomed to media hoopla, but clearly hates it. “I just can’t go there,” she says, shaking her head. “I’m a shy person, and this whole celebrity part is not for me. I’m literally not built for this.”


Maher could have maybe included the fact that she was tired and fragile and under a comfort blanket because she was literally mobbed by a crowd instead of suggesting it was because of being in a relationship with Manson, but we all know the media often considers truth boring and sensationalism more interesting and convenient.

2. Evan in 2007 was asked by Maher about the 'Heart-Shaped Glasses' music video and being the highest payed actress to ever appear in a pop music video, to which she replies with an interesting response in light of the the news that emerged from the documentary. And the fact that Maher does not mention any of this in his review and wastes space by writing on other things says a lot about this "journalist". Evan says:

"I would have done the video even if he wasn't my boyfriend. A lot of people are saying, 'Oh I see why she did it now, because she was paid so much.' But the reason he insisted upon it was because he wanted me to be treated professionally, like an actress, and not just like his girlfriend."

So reflecting back on the video, Evan chooses to say she would have done it with Manson even if Manson wasn't her boyfriend. Why say that if you were drugged to unconsciousness and raped? And doesn't the fact that Manson went out of his way to make her the highest paid actress to ever appear in a music video in order to be treated as a professional, contradict what Evan says in the documentary, that it was the "most unprofessional set" she has ever worked on? It will drive any rational person mad trying to wrap your head around Evan's absurdities and contradictions.

3. What is the story behind the quote: "It’s been a crazy year, and I only think that it’s going to get crazier." Here is what the 2007 article says in context:

On reflection, and snuggling even tighter under her comfort blanket, she says that the last 12 months of car-jumping fan, gothic monster boyfriends and A-list co-stars has been a trip. "This year has been such a series of pinch yourself moments," she says, with a who-would've-guessed-it shrug. "It’s been crazy. And I only think that it’s going to get crazier."

First, in context, the quote about a "crazy year" is put by Evan in a very positive sense, and by crazy she meant something more like exciting. The interesting and disturbing thing is that in the 2022 review, it says "crazy year" after Maher talked about Evan being in a relationship with Manson for a year, but in the 2007 quote Evan never says "crazy year", as if she was referring to her year long relationship with Manson, but crazy is here given in the sense that all the exciting things she has experienced as a celebrity has been crazy, not necessarily within the confines of the year. In fact, the article is titled 'Evan Rachel Wood’s Hard Day’s Night', in reference first to her portrayal in the film Across the Universe, but also because in the Beatles' film A Hard Days Night, they are depicted as being chased by crazed fans throughout the city, sort of like Evan is portrayed in this article.

So much for the lying media, and all these falsifications in one short review, and I didn't even talk about how the supposed "five-year relationship" of Evan and Manson really comes down to about two and a half years maybe three years if you don't include they were just friends for some of that time and apart for the rest.


Amy Berg Interviewed for The Hollywood Reporter

Amy Berg, the director of Phoenix Rising, who has become a total tool of Evan Rachel Wood, shows her naivete in an interview she did for The Hollywood Reporter on January 25th. Here are some summary points from this interview, that I don't think need added commentary:

1. Amy sees Evan as a new Erin Brockovich, changing laws in California, which is why she began filming the documentary in the Summer of 2020.

2. "There was no question that she was going to name her abuser in the film. We spoke openly about him from the very beginning."

3. "There’s a lot of like online stalking in that world, the Brian Warner world, so we had to take a look at that... I started receiving horror films in my Amazon account that I wasn’t ordering, and so I had to up the security with that. One of the things that we heard about while we were making this film was that people would just receive mysterious packages at their houses that they didn’t order, so I still don’t know if that was him or anything, but I had to do double security. I definitely was not ordering like 10 horror films between midnight and 6 a.m."

4. When asked about showing the video for 'Heart-Shaped Glasses' in the documentary, which is alleged to show a rape, Berg replies"

"Well, you need to see her face. She is completely out of it, and you need to see the extent of what the industry allowed to be circulating on the internet today. We had Evan’s blessing and permission to use that, but I think that is a moment that is really important to understand. I mean, that film set had a lot of people on it and that behavior is completely inappropriate and abusive and it’s rape, so we wanted to show it for what it was. She was just a child, she just turned 18."

There is a correction below this quote that says:

[A representative for Warner says Wood was 19 during the filming of the video, and in a statement regarding Wood’s claim that she was “essentially raped,” Warner’s attorney Howard King says the allegation is false, Wood was “fully coherent and engaged,” involved in pre-production and postproduction and there was no real sex on the set.]

5. When asked about what would be in part two, she says:

"We interview a number of survivors in the second part. And it is faster-paced; it’s a lot of action. We’re really following the developments of the case and The Phoenix Act, so you should tune in."


Developments With the Ashley Walters Case

A hearing at the Los Angeles County Superior Court took place on January 26th in regards to the Ashley Walters case. Manson’s lawyers in the latest motion are trying to toss Walters’ lawsuit on statute-of-limitations grounds.

“There’s a host of unconscionable conduct that deterred her from filing suit, not just threats but also violence and intimidation and other coercive acts,” Walters’ lawyer Tanya Sukhija-Cohen told Judge Michael J. Stern.

Manson's lawyer, Gene Williams, pushed back at the hearing, urging Judge Stern to reject the lawsuit as too old.

“The bottom line is the statute of limitations on these claims ran out two to three years after her employment ended. There were no threats that prevented her from coming forward, nor any allegations of threats in the complaint between the time period when her employment ended and when she finally came forward. The idea that they can now take threats — or allegations of threats — from 2019 and 2021, years after the statutory period ended, and claim that those threats now explain why she didn’t bring her suit eight years earlier than those threats, is insufficient,” Williams argued.

Judge Stern declined to rule from the bench on January 26th, telling the lawyers he would issue his decision on the demurrer motion at a later time.

In his November 30 filing asking the court to reject Walter’s complaint, Manson/Warner called her claims of sexual harassment and assault “meritless” and expired. His lawyer wrote that Manson/Warner “categorically” denied the “fabricated allegations” and considered them “part of an orchestrated attempt to weaponize the #MeToo movement to assassinate Warner’s character in a blatant money grab.”

In her own prior filings, Walters has argued she didn’t “discover” her injury until the fall of 2020, when other Warner accusers including Game of Thrones actress Esmé Bianco invited her to join their support group. It was then Walters realized her alleged abuse was “not only traumatic but unlawful,” her paperwork states.


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