Richard Dreyfuss Reportedly Went Off the Rails at Jaws Event

Actor accused of going on sexist, transphobic rant
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 28, 2024 1:00 AM CDT
Richard Dreyfuss Reportedly Went Off the Rails at Jaws Event
Richard Dreyfuss arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Murder at Yellowstone City" on Thursday June 23, 2022, at Harmony Gold Theater in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Richard Dreyfuss is once again saying controversial things, this time at a Jaws screening and Q&A with the actor held at a Massachusetts theater Saturday. Rather than the behind-the-scenes stories the audience was likely expecting, Dreyfuss went on what the Hollywood Reporter refers to as a "free-form rant." In video from the evening, the 76-year-old can be seen dancing onto the stage wearing a dress over his shirt and pants as Taylor Swift's "Love Story" plays. Later, according to social media posts about the event, Dreyfuss apparently went from talking about Barbra Streisand to making allegedly sexist comments about women, discussing the #MeToo movement, and then railing against the idea of affirming gender for trans youth.

One commenter on the theater's Facebook post about the event estimated that at least 100 people walked out as a result of what they called "racist, homophobic," and misogynistic comments. The Cabot theater later apologized in a statement, saying Dreyfuss' remarks "do not reflect the values of inclusivity and respect that we uphold as an organization." The actor also appeared at a similar event Friday in New Hampshire, where he was accused of making mean-spirited, sexist, and anti-gay comments, Deadline reports. (Last year, Dreyfuss said the Oscars' new diversity and inclusion rules made him "vomit.")

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