Paying your dues is a justified and realistic component in any industry once you venture out into the working world, but getting naked and simulating sexual acts isn’t and shouldn’t be one of those things on your climb up the ladder of success.
Imagine your job description was as follows: “This documents serves to inform you that this project will require you to be fully nude and/or witness others fully nude and participate in graphic sexual situations.”
That is what 50 extras were told to do and sign as part of an casting assignment for HBO’s series Westworld, a remake of the 1970s sci-fi film. The consent form also required extras to have their “genitals painted; simulate oral sex with hand-to-genital touching; contort to form a table-like shape while being fully nude; pose on all fours while others who are fully nude ride on your back” and the list goes on and on. The Screen Actors Guild has reprimanded HBO for their appalling requirements, to which HBO responded by saying they had nothing to do with that consent form and “are rectifying immediately the discrepancies in this vendor’s document with our actual on-set practices, which provide a professional and comfortable working environment for all performers.”
This insane bit of news got us to thinking of all the crazy sh*t we have been told to do. . . and it’s just as humiliating because these are all REAL stories:
"I had to deposit $100 worth of COINS in my boss' bank account."
The shoe lady
"I used to help clean out an editors office when she wanted to spring clean."
Perv of the year
"An editor-in-chief told me we had sit next to each other and go through hundreds of photographs that showed practically nude women from the carnival parade to categorize them for no apparent reason."
"I used to go to the post office and get packing supplies for an editor once who was obsessed with E-Bay-ing her swag . . . and she's RICH AF!"