In the era of #MeToo and Time's Up, and following the fall of Harvey Weinstein, women in Hollywood have banded together to shed light on the unspoken atrocities that too often occur behind closed doors. Such is the case with this group of female animators, who are featured on the March 13 episode of Full Frontal. These women bonded together on Facebook and, in turn, identified a common experience of alleged harassment from a male colleague: Chris Savino. We're sharing an exclusive first look at their story.
The ripple effect started when storyboard artist Cheyenne Curtis detailed her experience with Savino to the private Facebook group. Even her close friends in the community were unaware of Curtis's claims before she made them. "Something came over my body; my hands just started typing frantically. It wasn't thought out, it was just years of pent-up feelings," Curtis said. "People knew exactly who I was talking about, and I didn't need to say who it was."
Curtis's allegations led to several other women coming forward with their own reports against Savino. Risking their own success and putting their careers on the line, these women teamed up, made their claims against Savino public, and brought their concerns to the guild. He was fired from Nickelodeon following the accusations of inappropriate behavior from a dozen women and suspended by the guild, thanks to the efforts of these female animators.
To hear from the animators themselves, including Curtis, watch the full video above. Fun fact: the whole segment was shot, produced, directed, and animated by women.