Proclaiming ‘Spartacus’ Tactic, ‘Punisher: War Zone’ Director Now Says She’s Not Sh***y Men In Media List Creator – Update


UPDATE, 8:50 PM: So, the real identity of the creator of the Shitty Men In Media list is Spartacus after all – or maybe it’s Moira Donegan.

Using the tactic from the 1960 Kirk Douglas film where multiple slaves claim they are the rebel leader in solidarity, Punisher: War Zone director Lexi Alexander today went online earlier declaring that she was the originator of the infamous spreadsheet that detailed men in New York media who have engaged in sexual misconduct. Based on Alexander’s long outspoken battle against harassment and more in the industry, it was a plausible declaration that Deadline reported.

Now it seems that Alexander was one of a number of women making the same move to protect the true identity of the Shitty Men creator from possibly being outed in an upcoming Harper’s article.

Before her Twitter account temporarily disappeared on Wednesday, Alexander pointed out the obfuscating Spartacus tactic after former New Republic editor Donegan published a piece tonight in The Cut asserting that she was in fact the instigator of the crowdsourced document.

The Oscar nominee then added she couldn’t believe that people believed she was the Shitty Men creator. “I told the woman who asked if I could participate in this: ‘Nobody is going to believe I wrote that list, I don’t know anything about that industry,’ ” said Alexander on Wednesday night. “She replied: ‘I know but it’s not about that’ “.

And then there was the fallout that followed:

Now the question becomes who really is Spartacus here?

PREVIOUSLY, 4:55 PM: As media and social media circles debated whether a Harper’s magazine piece would or should reveal who is behind a harasser-naming Shitty Men in Media spreadsheet, the apparent creator seemingly preemptively outed herself today.

No stranger to openly addressing issues of sexual harassment and abuse online and the backlash that brings, Punisher: War Zone director Lexi Alexander revealed her own identity on Twitter on Wednesday.

Receiving support for the move after a having quit Twitter several days beforehand, Alexander also said:

The list first began circulating last fall not long after the New York Times published its exposé on Harvey Weinstein on October 5, the Shitty Men in Media list spotlighted men in Big Apple circles. Naming names, allegations on the list went from “inappropriate communication” to rape. In a tone of transparency, the list also noted that some of the details it contained were “rumors” and should be taken as such.

Having helmed 2008’s Punisher: War Zone produced by Gale Anne Hurd and starring Ray Stevenson and receiving an Oscar nomination in 2003 for her short film Johnny Flynton, Alexander been mainly directing TV the past few years. Her credits include How to Get Away With Murder, Taken, Supergirl and Arrow among others; the last two shows on that list are part of Greg Berlanti’s WBTV empire, which saw Flash showrunner and Supergirl EP Andrew Kreisberg fired in late November after harassment claims against him became public.

Ahead of Alexander’s revelation today, writer Katie Roiphe told the New York Times that she was not going to name the Shitty Men in Media creator in her piece planned for Harper’s March issue; the essayist went on to tell the paper she didn’t even know the name of the individual. That came after several writers for the mag and others protested any possible unveiling of the Shitty Men originator.

Harper’s did not respond to Deadline’s request for comment.

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