As a wise person on Reddit once said: “If any TV show were to come to a sudden and unexpected end, it makes sense that it’d be one named ‘House of Cards.’” House of Cards used to be my favorite TV show. I loved the first season and the second was alright but then it went downhill. Here’s one of my favorite Frank Underwood quotes: “In Gaffney we had our own brand of diplomacy – Shake with your right hand but hold a rock in your left.”
That’s why this week I was disappointed to hear about Kevin Spacey’s downfall. It all started when Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of sexual assault. In 1986 when Rapp was 14 and Spacey was 27, the former invited the latter to a party and at the end of the night Spacey picked Rapp up and lowered him onto a bed. Then Spacey mounted him and laid on top of him until he managed to wriggle free.
Kevin Spacey’s response to these allegations were: “I honestly do not remember the encounter, it would have been over 30 years ago. But if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior.” You can read the full statement on his Twitter. In this statement, he also goes on to admit that he’s gay. Many have rightfully questioned the timing of this admission.
Kevin Spacey could have easily denied the allegations but I have a feeling he didn’t because many others have also accused him of being a sexual predator. One man has claimed that Kevin Spacey once told him that he could blow him better than his girlfriend. Another says that Spacey flashed him in a bar and then gave him his £5000 watch to keep him quiet.
The question on my mind is what made Kevin Spacey this way. Why are some people predators? Could it be because they themselves were abused as children? Kevin Spacey’s father was a Nazi who raped Kevin’s brother. His father was so monstrous that his family nicknamed him ‘The Creature’. This does not excuse or condone Kevin Spacey’s own actions, but perhaps he would’ve turned out differently if he’d had a better father.