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People are comparing Ezra Miller and Will Smith's treatment in Hollywood

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Ezra Miller has released a statement admitting he’s been through a “serious crisis” after months of legal troubles involving assault and robbery allegations escalated, and is now seeking mental health treatment.

In a statement to variety“Having recently gone through a period of serious crisis,” Miller said, “I understand that I suffer from complex mental health issues and have begun ongoing therapy. I would like to apologize to everyone for making me feel uneasy and upset, and I promise to do the necessary work to return to a healthy, safe and productive stage in my life.”

As the statement spread on social media, it became a topic of discussion repeatedly. It’s a comparison of Hollywood’s treatment of Ezra Miller and Will Smith.

Following the Oscar slap, Will Smith was given a ten-year ban from the Oscars and several of his upcoming projects were shelved. Many commentators argued that Smith was bound by a harsh double standard compared to white celebrities. , examined the names of A-list stars (such as Mel Gibson) whose careers have flourished despite violent and abusive behavior.

Many see Miller’s situation as evidence of white privilege. Because while Smith faced a rapid reaction after the slap, Miller’s Hollywood future remains vague. And despite several high-profile arrests and recent felony charges, Miller has not been taken into custody.

On the one hand, Miller’s two future projects (flash When Daliland) both were filmed before the crime occurred.It’s a different situation than Smith, who lost several projects in pre-production, but has a number of upcoming credits listed on IMDb. flash A famous superhero movie, it faces constant criticism for tying Miller’s toxic image to the blockbuster brand. Restoring Miller’s image and avoiding dropping the $200 million movie is in Warner Bros.’ best interest.

These Will Smith comparisons are also compounded by two overlapping conversations about racism in Hollywood. bat girland the Academy’s belated apology to Sacheen Littlefeather, a Native American activist who faced harassment after giving a speech at the Oscars in 1973.

warner bros canceled bat girl— a nearly finished film with a Latina lead — said to be tax deductible. This is reportedly at odds with the studio’s desire to promote and release. flash, white star movie. Meanwhile, when news broke that the Academy was apologizing to Satchen Littlefeather, this was compared to the Academy’s quicker response to Will Smith.

Warner Bros. still wants to release flash It’s going to be an uphill battle if you keep the controversy as low as possible. Ezra Miller’s legal troubles are no longer just Miller’s. flashThey are now leading to an ongoing public conversation about race and privilege in Hollywood.

*First published: August 16, 2022 12:57 PM CDT

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw is a staff writer for the Daily Dot covering geek culture and fandom. She specializes in science fiction films and superheroes, and she has also appeared on BBC Radio as a film and television critic. Elsewhere, she co-hosts pop culture her podcast Overinvested. Follow her on her Twitter: @Hello_Tailor

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw