Sundance addresses sexual assault scandals with new code of conduct for festivalgoers

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  • london_josh lincoln, CA
    Jan. 22, 2018 1:57 p.m.

    "The Presidential election of 2016."

    Why do people continue to blame trump for anything from burnt toast to bad weather?

    You've got a feminist movement with Chelsea Handler leading who's recently made some very crass sexual remarks aimed at republicans where she stands in a group leading wit Hollywood flair about how we need to respect women.

    It's well known that these casting couches existed for years, and now that it's up the women are all saying "me too!", but every year that they sat in careers being a "me too" was neither year that the scores of the new girls paid their dues on the silence of these Hollywood women.

    I agree that Trump isn't a moral character - he's accused of seeing women naked, kissing them, and touching them in nightclubs - Bill Clinton is accused of far worse, and Hollywood moguls went a hundred miles beyond that.

    No groups is without hypocrisy in the world, but if Hollywood wants a good example of how you treat women you can find it in Utah, and many other religions also - it's called the good old beliefs that they rage against.

    In the mean time I guess we get lectured by the same ones who have been "pushing the envelope" for decades.

  • Mayfair Logan, UT
    Jan. 22, 2018 11:25 a.m.

    from article : "to include new guidelines aimed at preventing sexual misconduct during the festival’s Jan. 18-28 run in Park City."

    Well, well, what do you know. We have lived to see the day when all the mockers of the honor codes about sexual guidelines of various 'local entities' are now being asked to follow guidelines to prevent sexual misconduct themselves.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Jan. 16, 2018 11:46 a.m.


    Really? You support a vulgar, rude and immoral guy like Trump and yet you pose this question?
    " What ever happened to the one we used to have where people were expected to act like decent human beings ........ and strangely enough they did?"

  • Ladysmith Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 16, 2018 11:19 a.m.

    Impartial7 - DRAPER, UT

    Thank heavens the voters weren't fooled by Hillary Trump. Were you aware of her meltdown on election night?

    Thankfully we dodged a bullet.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Jan. 16, 2018 10:18 a.m.

    "We need a new code of conduct? What ever happened to the one we used to have where people were expected to act like decent human beings ........ and strangely enough they did?"

    The Presidential election of 2016.

  • Ladysmith Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 16, 2018 9:46 a.m.

    We need a new code of conduct? What ever happened to the one we used to have where people were expected to act like decent human beings ........ and strangely enough they did?

  • Common sense conservative Herriman, UT
    Jan. 15, 2018 9:18 p.m.

    @ Tolstoy
    Your point is an entirely different subject than the hypocrites in Hollywood, but ...The deviant and disgusting behavior of Donald Trump and Roy Moore has nothing to do with the republican platform...Just like the lewd behavior of Bill Clinton and Al Franken doesn't represent democrat values. At least none of those deeply flawed individuals is preaching to us about the very things they are guilty of...But Hollywood sure is.

  • Cactus Pete Centerville, UT
    Jan. 15, 2018 6:40 p.m.

    Tolstoy - salt lake, UT says: "We wonder the same thing about the GOP"

    No, decent people realize that Hollywood has a double standard. It is painfully obvious. They exhibit immorality on prime time TV and then pretend that they are saints when their acting is done.

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    Jan. 15, 2018 6:35 p.m.

    @Common sense conservative
    I suppose you are right they could just keep doing what they always have done but then that would make them republicans wouldn’t it (Trump, Moore, etc...)

    I agree in those rare cases where someone makes a maliciase accusation then they should be prosecuted under the existing laws to deal with filing false claims.

  • Common sense conservative Herriman, UT
    Jan. 15, 2018 6:12 p.m.

    By most accounts this type of predatory behavior has been going on for decades in Hollywood, and many knew about it but chose to keep quiet so as not to damage their career paths. Now once their hands are forced due to all the information finally coming out, they suddenly have the moral high ground to preach to us, all while producing movies full of deviant sexuality. Sounds a lot like another industry railing against gun violence while making billions selling violence. Oh...wait..that's also Hollywood....

  • NoNamesAccepted St. George, UT
    Jan. 15, 2018 5:01 p.m.


    Shall we apply that standard to all crimes, because of course guilty people never go free do to lack of proof."

    imsmarterthanyou goes a bit too far in wanting criminal penalties against any accuser whose alleged perpetrator is not convicted.

    But are certainly cases where there is sufficient evidence that accusations were not made in good faith that charges for false reports, perjury, or related crimes ought to be brought. Examples include the stripper who falsely accused the Duke Lacrosse Team, the woman who accused her teammate on the Vassar Rowing Team, the false accusations of gang rape published in Rolling Stone against the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house at the University of Virginia, and the so-called Mattress Girl at Columbia.

    False accusations may be very rare. But the failure to prosecute the most egregious cases damages every real victim.

    Good faith mistakes are one thing. But when there is significant evidence of deliberate deceit or malice, punishment is appropriate.

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    Jan. 15, 2018 1:45 p.m.

    Shall we apply that standard to all crimes, because of course guilty people never go free do to lack of proof.

  • imsmarterthanyou Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 15, 2018 11:57 a.m.

    Anyone who makes and accusation of sexual assault that can not be proven in court should be charged and sentenced with the same penalties that would be handed down to the accused. Enough of the false accusations.

  • PacificCreek Puyallup, WA
    Jan. 15, 2018 10:38 a.m.

    More often than not Hollywood offerings push sex and violence for "entertainment value". I'm not sure why people are shocked when individuals behave poorly in an industry that doesn't seem to have very high standards. Most of the items listed in this code of conduct should just fall under basic human decency.

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    Jan. 15, 2018 9:48 a.m.

    @Cactus Pete
    We wonder the same thing about the GOP.

    Right, because of thier previous misconduct they should not try to reform now.

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    Jan. 15, 2018 8:27 a.m.

    “Lawd homosexual behavior”?
    You mean the same nbehaviors as heterosexuals?

    @waldo 67
    I imagine it has to be very disconcerting for conservatives to see Hollywood hold its members to a higher moral standard then the Republican Party does.

  • rexwhitmer ELFRIDA, AZ
    Jan. 14, 2018 4:01 p.m.

    This has been a touchy problem with me, especially since such charges were brought against Bill Cosby whom was a definite person I thought highly of. Since it's begun, however, I've reached a conclusion that perhaps there is more her than is being reported. I'm well into retirement age and can think back to when I was younger. Women expose much more of their anatomy now a days. Men speak freely of sexual actions in women's and each other's presence. Public kissing has gone far beyond family gatherings. Men are often encouraged to make moves with others, either spoken or action and women visa versa. Men never spoke a foul word in the presence of a woman, and a woman was shamed if she did so in anyone else's presence. Perhaps it's time to revert back to those standards When men were GENTLEMEN and ladies were GENTLELADIES?

  • Cactus Pete Centerville, UT
    Jan. 14, 2018 11:56 a.m.

    We watch what Hollywood provides for our prime time viewing entertainment and question if they even understand the basic concepts of morality?

  • whatsup1 Kekaha, HI
    Jan. 14, 2018 10:48 a.m.

    Accusations are the new sexual harasmment. "Do what i want or I will make your life miserable with one accusation ".

  • Waldo 67 Tooele, UT
    Jan. 13, 2018 3:17 p.m.

    Funny, Hollywood has a problem with sexual behavior when they depict sexual behavior, good and bad, in almost everything to produce. And they wonder where it comes from.

  • JUlu Centerville, UT
    Jan. 13, 2018 2:00 p.m.

    So my only problem here is that they want to punish people that have only been accused of sexual misconduct. I mean now people are guilty until proven innocent (and the world will only recognize if they're convicted?) People get their reputations ruined and even if they didn't commit a crime society punishes them? Not every accusation for attention is proof. We need to prosecute the guilty once they're proven to the fullest extend of the law and not slander every person accused.

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 13, 2018 9:45 a.m.

    Considering that sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry has been an open secret for years, Sundance's declaration is hollow.

  • Jacobiuntherus Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 13, 2018 8:50 a.m.

    I wholeheartedly support this new emphasis on appropriate behavior and conduct. This same type of standard should now be migrated to the Salt Lake Art Festival which for years has been fraught with attendees who flaunt lewd homosexual behavior in public. Time to clamp down on that too! Are you listening Mayor?