SCA considering removal of Bryan Singer’s name from the Division of Cinema & Media Studies
Singer has been accused of pedophilia
The petition has harbored over 2,300 signatures and counting.
Bryan Singer? pic.twitter.com/76FMYTDdKv
— Antifa Super Soldier (@WritingVirginia) November 8, 2017
The post on change.org says, "Despite Singer’s philanthropic work for SCA, having his name attached to a division of the School of Cinematic Arts gives the impression that we, both as an institution and as members of the entertainment industry, value his financial contributions over the safety, respect and future of students.
"It sets a precedent of lenience for sexual criminals and further undermines the visibility and respect that victims of harassment and assault deserve."
Push-back on campus from students came after an SCA email blast announcing a "Bryan Singer Lecture Series" event.
In 2013, Singer donated $5 million to SCA and in turn, the institution put his name on the Division of Cinema & Media Studies. Singer attended the university from 1986-1988 and then went on to direct and produce several films and television shows, including all five X-Men movies.
During his nearly two-decade long career in the entertainment industry, Singer was accused of several instances of sexual harassment. Lawsuits against him were for filed for pedophilia, and for several instances of sexual assault.
In response to the students' outcry, SCA Dean Elizabeth M. Daley announced in an email to the SCA community that she is aware of the petition. Daley said, "we want to assure everyone that we are taking this matter very seriously and are monitoring the situation."
The writers of the petition are hopeful that the SCA administration will remove Singer's association with the school similarly to how they declined Harvey Weinstein's $5 million donation.
Bryan Singer next.
— Bead Curtain Closet (@FacelessGayBrit) November 8, 2017