Fantastic Beasts 2, the second part in the prequel series of the widely-acclaimed Harry Potter franchise, is being hounded by controversies even before hitting the screens.
Be it casting Johnny Depp, who was embroiled in the #MeToo movement, or author JK Rowling firing her assistant, the film surely made a few headlines.
Now the most recent allegations made by a London-based model, Jamie Windust, suggests that the “misogyny, homophobia, transphobia” on the set made them quit the job.
In a Twitter thread, the model shared what happened on the film set and termed the atmosphere “atrocious”.
“I worked as an extra on this film and it was one of the worst jobs I have ever done. Literally ever. Misogyny, homophobia, transphobia everywhere plus 16 hour days in minus temperatures. Atrocious,” the tweet read.
I worked as an extra on this film and it was one of the worst jobs I have ever done. Literally ever. Misogyny, homophobia, transphobia everywhere plus 16 hour days in minus temperatures. Atrocious. https://t.co/KOal3hpOMp
— Jamie Windust (@fabjamiefab) November 19, 2018
The subsequent tweet talked about segregation on the sets, which read, “Not only were the staff literally all white, but it was a diverse cast of extras that were definitely not all cis, but despite this, for the whole duration of the filming process we were cast and sectioned into ‘male and female’ groups.”
“This isn’t necessarily the organisers fault, but the other extras were incredibly misogynistic, homophobic and transphobic to the members of the cast who were visibly diverse, and due to the fact i was segregated into the ‘male’ group, I heard a lot of this vile rhetoric,” Windust further explained.
Interestingly, Ezra Miller, who essayed the role of Credence in the Fantastic Beasts sequel, identifies himself as gender non-binary. One of the Twitter users even questioned the model if she was “the angel” she expects him to be.
“He was as dreamy as ever actually,” Windust assured.
Please tell me Ezra Miller was the angel I expect him to be
— The Holiday Armadillo (@TashOldershaw) November 19, 2018
Recently, the queer actor, who has surely made statements with his gender-fluid looks lately, posed for the Playboy magazine. The 26-year-old actor opened up about being abused in the past. “I’ve been attacked repeatedly in my life—I’ve been attacked by f**king bigots, man,” he told the magazine.
‘It’s really important to acknowledge the diversity of voices who have experienced this shit, and all genders, all capacities, all types of people. Everyone is victim to it. Everyone is a survivor of it,’ Miller added.