Serial Misogynist Michael Fassbender to Work on Assassin’s Creed Movie

Michael Fassbender First of all I would like to say that character limits are a swine, as provided I’d had enough room, that headline would read “Serial Misogynist and Known Woman Beater Michael Fassbender to Work on the Assassin’s Creed Movie”, because I feel like that might be the only thing attention-grabbing enough for people to click through and find out exactly why no one should be doing this really quite horrible person any favours. To re-tread the story, for those of you who don’t stalk my Twitter page religiously (i.e most of you), hotshot actor guy Michael Fassbender is now on board to co-produce and star in the film, with Jean-Julien Baronnet, CEO of Ubisoft Motion Pictures, even going as far as to say that Fassbender was their “first choice” of actors when it came to choosing who would play said lead assassin in the movie. If you don’t know who Michael Fassbender is, he has been in such films as Inglorious Basterds, X:Men First Class and he also featured as David the Android in the huge sci-fi hit that was Ridley Scott’s Prometheus.

Now, lets ignore the fact that Fassbender is German-Irish, fair-skinned and light-haired (and therefore not really fitting the part to play a Mediterranean/relatively ethnic dark-haired assassin-type), he is obviously a talented actor and while it is perhaps some shoddy casting on Ubi’s part, with a lot of tanning and some effective hair-dyeing, he might be able to pull off the acting side of things . But no, my issue is that Michael Fassbender is just generally the worst and that Ubisoft are doing a disservice to every single one of us by working with this human being. To put it into better terms : Michael Fassbender is the grossest. Gross things should be measured on a scale of “non-solid fecal matter” to “Michael Fassbender”. My distaste is supported with reasoning too. Let me take you back to 2009. Sunawin “Leasi” Andrews, gets back together with ex-boyfriend Michael Fassbender. Michael, who obviously takes his craft very seriously, goes to a film festival and comes back blind drunk, so drunk that he wakes up in a puddle of his own piss. His reaction? Unlike most people, who would clean themselves off, change the bed and sober up, he decides to beat his girlfriend, throw her over a chair and break her nose.

That’s not just me over-exaggerating either, the actual quote from Sunawin’s filing for a restraining order says such – “threw me over a chair breaking my nose” – which comes from what she sent to the LA County Superior Court back in June ‘09 when this all happened. At the time, Andrews’ said that this filing was to protect herself and her two young children (yes, Mr. Fassbender is this classy of an act when there are children involved who could be potentially affected by all of this) and that she asked for $20,000 to pay for medical bills, because obviously, repairing the damages that come from being beaten by a 6 foot 2, 185 pound man (though he potentially could have had more muscle mass then – this was around the time of his role as a British Lieutenant in Inglorious Basterds) doesn’t come cheap. Oh, and it gets worse, if you could even imagine. This wasn’t even the first time that Fassbender had released his inner woman-beater on his then-girlfriend either. The same filing at the LA County Superior Court referred to another occasion, in which Sunawin and Michael became embroiled in a heated argument about an ex-boyfriend of hers – “Michael allegedly dragged her alongside their car one night after they had an argument about one of her ex-boyfriends … causing her to twist her left ankle, blow out her left knee cap and burst an ovarian cyst”.

More upstanding behaviour from him, right? Of course I am positive that someone will be willing to point out that this is “alleged”, as the above quote states but according to statistics – over one quarter of all domestic abuse cases go unreported – those who do get close to going through with the prosecution, like Sunawin Andrews, often retract their statements for the sole reason that many of these women are deeply bonded with the person, and don’t want to see them locked up, because they are quite literally willing to accept more beatings provide that person doesn’t leave them. This isn’t unheard of, emotions are tricky. On the other hand, when you’re a woman in this position, shit is scary – you know and I know full well that a night in a jail cell won’t make any budding woman-beater come to their senses, and when they’re released, they will still have working fists, working legs and a working brain full of poisonous, angry thoughts with which to maim, beat and eviscerate you. It’s not a situation that anyone should take lightly.

Fassbender proved his worth again (and I promise I will get to my point eventually) back in 2011 when filming “A Dangerous Method” with Keira Knightley in which they had to film a particularly intimate ‘erotic’ scene in which his character has to spank her. Like most people would placed in such a situation, Knightley was super uncomfortable with the filming of the scene, which requires her to be tied to a bedframe. During filming, she commented “I’ve got a security guard outside. You touch me and he’s gonna break your legs!”,Michael’s reply to this? “Keira, you’re tied to a bed. You’re not really in a position to say that.” Rape is never funny and for whatever reason, Fassbender doesn’t get this. Rape is a very real thing that you wouldn’t wish to happen to anybody and nobody out there has the right to get a laugh out of it or even suggest that being in a vulnerable position means that you’re ‘free’ game’, as it were, for rapists (or, in this case, that being tied up means that bodyguard or not, they could still have their way with you if they feel like it.) Assassin's Creed Logo After all of this, for Ubisoft to enlist Michael Fassbender to work on the Assassin’s Creed film is simply ludicrous. It’s completely nutso bananas to let this guy represent this franchise. In fact, it’s crazy to let him represent anything. He is in no way, shape or form someone who should be involved in this when the assassins of the Assassin’s Creed games pride themselves on the liberation of people, on freedom, on equality. The women of the Assassin’s Order (as well as those who aid the assassins) are treated with respect and are held in such high regard as the men. There’s even a female-fronted Assassin’s Creed game in the works from the franchise’s developer in the form of PS Vita title Assassin’s Creed 3 Liberation, so there’s no doubt in my mind that Ubisoft know how to get it right and that this is just an incredibly large slip up from them on the path to treating women/female gamers the same as the men. And of course, I’m not brushing over the fact that even outside of the ideals of the Assassin’s Creed games, his actions are shady and disgusting, there really is no place for what he’s done in society. It’s just plain unacceptable.

Their decision cuts everyone even deeper when you look at the gaming industry as whole where misogyny is alive and well – just last week, Anita Sarkeesian received a massive backlash to her attempt to crowdfund a video series that took on misogyny in this industry, it resulted in a Fassbender-league jerkhole by the name of Ben Spurr going as far as to make a delightful little game called “Beat Up Anita Sarkeesian” which allowed you to do just that, getting TOTAL LULZ!!!!11! out of domestic violence if this woman had pissed you off so much with her attempt at helping equality . (Read about it here on HuffPo.) Evidently we most certainly do not need anyone else coming in and sullying our good name, we’re perfectly capable of hating on women ourselves, apparently. In all, this decision says that rape jokes are A-OK, domestic violence is a common and acceptable occurrence and that gross people with unhealthy opinion (see : Ben, Michael, people who agree with them) should be put on a pedestal. That’s not the case and these are the sorts of people whose actions should be frowned upon. I already know that this post will result in a few ruffled feathers and plenty of angry comments but if you agree with anything I’ve said, please spread this around via Twitter, Facebook or [insert social media of choice] to open some eyes and ears to what’s going on, thank you. (And you can click here to subscribe to JSX).

DISCLAIMER: This post was written several years ago when I had far less journalistic experience than I do now. I’m done with defending the piece and I’m done with defending myself because this post was wrong in the first place. I no longer stand by many of the things that I said in it (the opinion that Fassbender is the wrong person for the Assassin’s Creed job stands – but that’s because I don’t see him as any of the AC protagonists and for no other reason!) and in reality my previous statements were based off of evidence that either didn’t or couldn’t paint an entire picture of the opinions that I was stating. This disclaimer isn’t being posted because of the backlash that it’s gotten but because there are some real actual criticisms that I, two years after writing this, can no longer argue against. In short: the people who have commented so far are right in many ways and there are too many holes in the evidence (as many of you have pointed out so I won’t rehash here) for me to portray it as concrete as I admittedly did. The site isn’t a gossip blog and nowadays J Station X deals with cold, hard statistics that can be picked apart – opinions still matter but not like this. This article was poor, shoddy journalism and I’m leaving it up as a testament and a promise to do better. There’s a strong likelihood that I’ll delete the post in the future but for now all I can do is offer an apology for being so naiive and foolish to publish this article in the first place.

Comments

  1. Manel Fernando says

    Hmmm i find it interesting he hasn’t been shown to have committed any crime as a female i understand that these matters should be taken seriously ,but i also understand that women do this stuff to men all the time ..if her story was sketchy then its sketchy no-one else has accused him of this yet so my mind is open i hope he isn’t guilty of it because its a hard thing to break being a misogynist and control freak …but as for ubisoft picking him if he can play the role then fine but dont suggest that because he might be a bastard that he shouldn’t get work thats weird how many bastards have jobs are you suggesting that your private life should infiltrate your work life ..if a guy has regular bar fights should he not get work or a racist or a sexist other actors have “done” not alleged,very questionable things that have made it into the public eye there hasn’t been a vilifying of them either .If he is a woman beater then he needs help with his rage to prevent it in future he should try to better himself but since she went so far as too make the charges but if the courts find her untrustworthy then it makes it difficult to know what to believe.

    • says

      Her story does seem admittedly quite suspect but if he was guilty of it, I most definitely wouldn’t want him to represent the Assassin’s Creed franchise both on account of that not being what AC is about (the liberation and freedom of peoples should not be portrayed by a man who seemingly wants to limit women from such things) and yes, while other people guilty of the same things have not been vilified for the same things, they should be.

      We do not want people who rape, beat and offer misogynistic views (I am neither saying that Fassbender is or isn’t guilty) to be in the media because that tells those who agree with such things that that they are okay. They are not. If these people are to go on having careers that are not in the limelight then fine, but it is wrong to herald them as fine portrayers of the arts when these are the things that they are using their fae, their money and the media presence to promote.

  2. Mia says

    To Manel Fernando: “he hasn’t been shown to have committed any crime as a female i understand that these matters should be taken seriously ,but i also understand that women do this stuff to men all the time ..if her story was sketchy then its sketchy no-one else has accused him of this yet…” .I do not know if you were very objective or completely naive to say that because I think it is well known that domestic violence report is minimal compared to the reality and it is often difficult to report when the police treat victims as hysterical people who exaggerate or difficult situations and worse if they think it is an invention for attention and nothing more. We must add, that not only the girl involved was not known in the ambient, nor had fame, like this actor (who may be guilty or not), we must add that he is a man, a man with some power and certainly agents and lawyers behind him to clean his disasters. “…actors have “done” not alleged,very questionable things that have made it into the public eye there hasn’t been a vilifying of them either…” WHITE actors, WHITE men, beacuse you know how many jockes are on internet about Chris Brown and Rihanna, and “yes He´s a horrible person and everybody an their mothers agree” , He’s not the ONLY one women beater. The entertainment world is a man’s world, and it is not interested in a girl’s life without fame. They’re an accessory, a disposable thing. There are many actors known and loved by the public who are beaters of women, and living quietly through this. They don’t care at all.

    • says

      Mia, yes, this is an important thing to point out, that the media (and the public) treat the offender that much differently when they are of colour and that regardless of whether he is guilty or not, people would undoubtedly be less reluctant to cry ‘innocent!’ should Michael Fassbender be of colour.

      And as a reference to actors known and loved by the public who are beaters of women, I’d like to point out that Charlie Sheen was convicted of violence against women (at one point, he actually shot his wife, if I recall) yet he is still as famous (and as rich) as ever.

  3. Riley says

    I’m an avid feminist. Can’t stand misogyny on any level. And I don’t think it’s fair to call Michael Fassbender one. There have been multiple things about how that woman has falsely accused other men of hurting her.

    • says

      Hi Riley,

      In hindsight perhaps it was unfair to label Michael Fassbender a ‘serial misogynist’ or even a ‘misogynist’ and rather as ‘a person who has said some questionable things about women’ and of course this piece wasn’t taken on the woman’s credibility, but admittedly, perhaps I could have looked into her reputation more before writing, but thank you for the criticism.

      Jasmine

    • says

      Of course. There’s been some issue in the media over the way white male celebrities with shady pasts regarding women have been presented in comparison to those of colour which is in part why the topic of race was covered in the article, just to clarify.

      Jasmine

  4. Eli Rorschach says

    I know this is a fairly old piece, but I think the key to tackling domestic violence as a society is to maintain rationality when dealing with it …

    Tabloids are very quick to jump on claims when they don’t the facts, and all that tends to do is fuel a misdirected hysteria around these things (and often slander people who’ve done nothing wrong)

    In this case, you’re trying to make people believe the worst when you as little as we do of the nature of their relationship and individual personalities – for example, you claim Michael Fassbender’s 6 foot 2 and 185lbs (and speculate bigger), which obviously makes him sound like a bigger threat … He’s 5’10-5’11 and this was within less than a year of filming Hunger, in which he weighed 126lbs – he was still visibly thin in Inglorious …

    You also make it sound like Keira Knightley was nervous about doing the scene with Fassbender (because you think he’s a known threat to the species), when reading their piece, that’s not implied at all …

    Whether anything happened back then, and to what degree, none of us know … We have no idea what kind of relationship it was … If we start presuming guilty until proven innocent, the result is more false convictions, and more incentive to misuse the allegations (which increases the chance of missing the real cases), not to mention ruined lives and reputations … So think a bit more – you don’t have to be a tabloid to get views

    • says

      Hi,

      Thank you for the comment, it’s really appreciated. What was key in writing this article is that I don’t read a lot of gossip rags, due to the untruthful nature of them, but I knew of the story and Michael Fassbender had been someone that I was wary of for quite some time and so I followed it up. Unfortunately, in my extensive search there were irregularities, which I didn’t realise until after publishing.

      Perhaps he isn’t the worst person in the world but I only went off of what ‘facts’ I gathered at the time, although these have been criticised and rightly so! I do agree with you that tabloids can be, for want of a better phrase, a load of BS, so we’ll absolutely cover stories with a little more journalistic integrity in future and not be so tempted to jump on the bandwagon and not be so quick to believe all of the info we’re presented with.

      Thanks again for the input and sorry for any offence!

      Jasmine

  5. Lisele says

    As of June 1, 2014, your article is still being circulated on twitter and tumblr as “proof” that Fassbender beats women, despite the clear evidence that the original accusation, initiated by the ex-gf (not the police or any law enforcement agency) in a restraining order, was fabricated. (Because of the nature of the charges, the DA investigated, and essentially threw it out.) Nevertheless, what your article clearly shows is the persistence of internet libel and slander, which is nothing less than a verbal assault–and in this case, Fassbender is the victim.

    • says

      Hi Lisele,

      I could comment here with a huge apology or an explanation but as stated in previous comments, the article was put together on the facts that I knew at the time and not what was learnt afterwards. My opinion partly informed what you read in the article (as in, all the stuff you’re taking offense at) but this is a public forum and biases are allowed to be presented based on whatever reason.

      It is regretful that it’s being circulated as ‘proof’ as opposed to ‘here are some facts, question them as you will and make your mind up’however, but I can’t go and say this to every individual Tumblr or Twitter user and say this to them because it just doesn’t work like that.

      Thanks,

      Jasmine, Head Editor of J Station X

  6. Maire says

    You should be ashamed of yourself for circulating such ill informed material. If you had bothered to do any research you would have learnt that the ex girlfriend, Ms Andrews decided to file for a restraining order against him 9 months after they had split up and he had returned home to England many months beforehand. Also following her allegations the police thoroughly investigated them and found there were no grounds for taking proceedings against him. In California it is immaterial if the charges are dropped by the complainant; if prosecutors believe there are grounds to pursue they will do so anyway. None of this sound fishy to you? And she dropped the charges and she has a history of making such allegations. But you have decided he is guilty and have circulated this piece. If I were Michael Fassbender I would be looking at libel action.

    • says

      Hi Maire,

      I have three issues with the argument that you’re making. One, it’s not uncommon for people to file restraining orders after the matter. People change, opinions of one another change and thus the need to protect yourself against a person may also change. I don’t think this is grounds for saying that Andrews’ claims were untrue because she’s not alone in the way in which she filed the order.

      Second, “there were no grounds for taking proceedings against him” does not an innocent man make. To prosecutors, they may have been unable to move forward with the case based on lack of evidence, but as history has showed, that doesn’t always mean that the person hasn’t committed the crimes that are said to.

      Third, how many times have you heard of a victim deciding not to move ahead with a domestic abuse case? Surely if you felt threatened by the person doing the abuse in the first place you would be wary of giving them more cause for abuse or harassment?

      Thanks,

      Jasmine, Head Editor of J Station X

      • Maire says

        Jasmine,

        So does that mean if you are accused of something you are automatically guilty? Because you have clearly decided he is and by your own admission, with NO EVIDENCE. Nobody knows what happened if anything but you are tarnishing somebody’s name and reputation based on an allegation. That is very wrong and indefensible both morally and legally. Additional points for you to consider: why would Ms Andrews feel threatened by an ex boyfriend when he had returned home to England several months before? Has Ms Andrews made domestic violence accusations about other boyfriends? Have any other women in relationships with Mr Fassbender before or since alleged he was in any way violent or abusive to them? Taking all things into consideration my conclusion is that he is innocent. It is not unheard of for women to falsely accuse ex partners of mistreating them and the reasons for doing so are many fold. There are other inaccuracies in your article. Mr Fassbender is not 6ft 2, he is 5’11 to 6′. And you have chosen to include half of Keira Knightleys comments to try to make it look damning. The lines immediately following your quotation make it abundantly clear that they were being flippant and that she holds him in very high regard. Your article and headline (serial mysoginist?!) is defamatory and you should be ashamed of writing and circulating you can’t justify and is misrepresentative. Talk about a kangaroo court. Sad so many gullible people take your article as fact. You are fortunate that he is not inclined to read gossip or be litigious, there are many who would not ignore such defamation of character.

        • says

          Hi Maire,

          Again, I’ll explain that I put together the article on the information I had on the time.

          In short, we don’t know whether he is innocent or guilty or even if he’s innocent of some things or guilty of them and so while you’ve clearly made your judgement about him and I’ve actually reserved to having a skeptical opinion about the man (I wrote that post a long time ago so I’ve had a while to decide where I stand) everyone else can look at these comments and the information presented and make their own decision.

          Thanks,

          Jasmine, Head Editor of J Station X

  7. Sarah says

    I recently came across this article on my tumblr feed and the person who had reported this had some deep feeling comments and claims. Looking back at this, I can see the holes, see the allegations and the woman who made them had a past of filing fake claims, and I personally don’t stand anywhere in this issue. It just makes me sad, because now we do not know if this was even real or not. If it wasn’t real, then I have a sad image of Fassbender in my head that is now never going to go away for a man who (possibly) does not deserve it. If it was real, then I feel terrible for my friends who loved him and supported him.
    Just wanted to say that. Sometimes a false story or stories can ruin someone’s reputation. I’m not saying this is false, but there are too many holes for it to be 100% considered true.

    • says

      Hi Sarah,

      Unfortunately we don’t know completely, which is why despite whatever I’ve said in the article, I think it’s better for people to make their own mind up.

      I agree about false stories which is why I didn’t try to base this on whatever I thought and why I linked to sources with the information so perhaps that will help people decide for themselves.

      Thanks,

      Jasmine, Head Editor of J Station X