Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson along with Second Stage Theater and the Actors’ Equity Association condemn the illegal recording of actors in nude scenes after footage of his Take Me Out co-star Jesse Williams performing naked in the Broadway production was shared on social media, reported Variety.
Image and videos of Williams naked on stage during the performance were leaked online this week, despite the theater Hayes Theater having prohibited usage of mobile phones during the show.
In the play, Williams portrays a gay baseball player, which includes a shower scene with full-frontal nudity.
“I’m appalled by the disrespect shown to the actors of our company whose vulnerability on stage every night is crucial to Take Me Out“, Ferguson wrote on Twitter.” Anyone who applauds or trivializes this behavior has no place in the theater which has always been a safe space for artists & audience members. “
Actors’ Equity Association, the national labor union representing over 50,000 actors and stage managers involved in live theater, released a similar condemnation on Tuesday, calling the leak an act of “sexual harassment and an appalling breach of consent.”
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms the creation and distribution of photographs and videos of our members during a nude scene,” Kate Shindle, president of the Actors’ Equity Association, said in a statement.
Williams discussed the nude scene in Take Me Out during an appearance on Andy Cohen’s ‘Watch What Happens Live’ show, but did not specifically address the leaked video, reported USA Today.
During the show, he told Cohen that “everybody makes such a big deal” of the nudity, but “It’s a body … whatever.”
Presented by Second Stage Theater, Richard Greenberg’s Take Me Out revival tackles themes of homophobia, racism, and classism in the US.
It traces the journey of a Major League Baseball superstar who comes out as gay, and how it unsettles the team and unleashes toxic prejudices.
Take Me Out is shown at the Hayes Theater, starring Jesse Williams, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Patrick J Adams.