Richard Dreyfuss is accused of sexism and homophobia in the screening of Jaws

Hollywood star Richard Dreyfuss is facing backlash after he made sexist and homophobic remarks at a special screening of Jaws.

Saturday’s event, “An Evening with Richard Dreyfuss,” at the Cabot Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly, Massachusetts, was billed as a screening of the 1975 film and a discussion with the actor who starred in it.

However, those attending the event later reported online that the Oscar-winning actor used sexist and homophobic language, leading to more than a dozen people walking out.

Someone wrote in response to A Share Facebook From The Cabot: “We walked out of his interview tonight along with hundreds of others because of his racist, misogynistic, and homophobic rant.”

Another attendee suggested The event is renamed “An Evening of Misogyny and Homophobia with Richard Dreyfus.” “Disappointing doesn’t even begin to cover it,” the person posted.

according to Other social media One user, who said her friend’s parents attended the event, said Dreyfus made offensive remarks including derogatory comments about Barbra Streisand, his co-star in the 1987 thriller Nuts. He reportedly called director Steven Spielberg “a genius but an idiot.”

According to User X @sasysquatchgirlwho claimed to be present at the event: “With the push of a button [Dreyfuss] He started talking about a movie he did with Barbra Streisand that he insulted, and then he insulted literally all women. “Then he insulted the trans kids. I can’t even begin to say how horrible that was.”

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They added that some people booed the actor and then left.

The Independent Dreyfus representatives have been contacted for comment on the incident.

In a joint statement with Hollywood Reporter Monday, Cabot Center for the Performing Arts He apologized to those present.

“We recognize and share the serious concerns, following the recent event with Richard Dreyfuss prior to the screening of Jaws at The Cabot.

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“The views expressed by Mr. Dreyfus do not reflect the values ​​of inclusivity and respect we uphold as an organization. We deeply regret the distress this has caused many of our patrons.”

The statement continued: “We regret that an event that was supposed to be a conversation celebrating an iconic film has instead become a platform for political views. We take full responsibility for the oversight in unpredicting the direction of the conversation and the inconvenience it caused to many patrons.

“We are in active dialogue with our patrons about their experience and are committed to learning from this event about how we can better operationalize our mission to entertain, educate and inspire our community.”

The Independent I have contacted The Cabot for comment.

Dreyfus played the title role Jaw Along with Roy Scheider and Robert Shaw. The film, directed by Steven Spielberg, was nominated for Best Picture at the 1976 Academy Awards. The actor is also known for his performances in other 1970s films such as American Graffiti and Close Encounters of a Third Kind, also directed by Spielberg.

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