Dreyfuss Sparks Outrage with Sexist and Transphobic Comments at Jaws Screening: Audience Storms Out!

BEVERLY, MASSACHUSETTS – A recent screening of the classic film “Jaws” at a cinema in Beverly, Massachusetts, turned controversial as its star, Richard Dreyfuss, made a series of sexist and transphobic remarks during a Q&A session following the movie. The Cabot theatre issued an apology to the audience following the incident.

Dreyfuss appeared at the theater on May 25th in a house dress, entertaining the crowd with a performance that included shaking his hips to a Taylor Swift song and using his walking stick as a prop. Reports suggest that he targeted Barbra Streisand, criticized the parents of transgender teenagers, and spoke against the Academy’s new inclusivity rules.

Although no transcript of the event was released, social media posts indicated that Dreyfuss made derogatory comments towards Streisand and transgender individuals. Attendees shared their disappointment on social media, with some calling Dreyfuss’ remarks racist, homophobic, and misogynistic.

Following the backlash, the Cabot theatre released a statement expressing regret over the incident and acknowledging the concerns raised by patrons. The venue emphasized that Dreyfuss’ views did not align with their values of inclusivity and respect, and they took responsibility for the oversight in not anticipating the direction of the conversation.

Dreyfuss has been known for his outspoken opinions, including his criticism of the Academy’s diversity and inclusion requirements for Oscar contention in 2023. He has previously expressed disdain for what he perceives as the commercialization of the film industry’s artistic integrity.

The incident at the Cabot theatre has sparked discussions about the responsibilities of public figures in promoting respectful dialogue and the importance of creating a welcoming environment for all audience members. The venue has committed to engaging with patrons to address their concerns and improve their practices for future events.