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Nickelodeon creator Dan Schneider denies being creepy around child stars – but admits one thing… – Perez Hilton

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The first episodes of Quiet on set: The dark side of children’s television have fallen, and they are a disaster for Dan Schneider.

The creator of shows like iCarly And Zoe 101 it was a big deal Nickelodeon in the early 2000s. But was he big enough for his most disturbing behavior to be overlooked? That certainly seems to be what the new docuseries suggests. And it fits so well with what we heard about Schneider for years.

In his memoirs, Sam and cat star jennette mccurdy wrote about the “Creator” coming to his costume fittings and encouraging him to drink. She never named him, but Schneider created her shows. And in 2022, Zoe 101It is Alex Nikolas said in a 2022 podcast that Schneider attended her costume fittings when she was 12. She also claimed that he constantly took photos of child stars’ feet. THE Amanda Bynes it’s particularly upsetting to think about, especially given his mental issues as an adult.

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Then again, this wasn’t even the first time we heard people whispering about what a bad guy he was behind the scenes. But sometimes it takes a documentary like this to tell everyone everything.

It appears that the document has already had an effect. Schneider reacted! A representative for the Drake and Josh the creator has now posted a response on his behalf, saying Variety:

“Everything that happened on Dan’s broadcast was carefully reviewed by dozens of adults involved and approved by the network. If there was a real problem with the scenes that some people “sexualize” today, years later they would be removed, but that’s not the case, they are still constantly broadcast all over the world today today, appreciated by both children and parents. »

So his defense is… Because they were all filmed on mainstream television and are still there, is that proof that whatever was going on behind the scenes was appropriate? It’s a bit as if he was responding to the argument of watch sexualized children – perhaps because it’s the easiest to combat? The statement continues:

“Remember, all stories, dialogue, costumes and makeup have been fully approved by network executives on both coasts. A standards and practices group read and ultimately approved each script, and programming executives reviewed and approved all episodes.

Finally, he ended up explaining what things were like back then:

“Plus, every day on every set, there were always parents, caregivers and their friends watching the filming and rehearsals. If there had been any inappropriate scenes or outfits in any way, they would have been flagged and blocked by this multi-level review. Unfortunately, some adults project their adult minds onto children’s shows and draw false conclusions.”

OK, so what does he have to say about the specific allegations? Like the foot photo claims? Do you keep Polaroid photos of costume fittings?

Nothing, unfortunately. Aside from trying to imply that there were parents or other authority figures present at all times, it doesn’t do a great job of denying what’s really bothering people. For the most part, that’s not what’s filmed.

Schneider responded to a particular issue recalled by several staff members in the docuseries. A number of crew members claimed they would often be asked to massage him. Their boss. Again, these are film crews, not masseuses. So inappropriate. Well, this one Dan can at least admit and apologize for. His team said Variety:

“Dan deeply regrets asking someone for neck massages. Even though it happened in a public place, he knows it was completely inappropriate and would never happen again. »

Hmm.

The network was also asked about the allegations. They too made a statement, through their spokesperson:

“While we cannot corroborate or deny allegations of conduct from decades ago, Nickelodeon, as a matter of policy, investigates all formal complaints as part of our commitment to fostering a safe work environment. and professional, free from harassment or other types of inappropriate conduct. Our highest priorities are the well-being and best interests of not only our employees, cast and crew, but of all children, and we have adopted many protective measures over the years to ensure that we meet our own high standards and expectations. of our audience.

Notice how the word is doing a lot of work here? “All formal complaints.” Official. Child stars who weren’t comfortable coming forward then but are saying something now? They did not file “formal” complaints. It seems to us that when it comes to child safety, even hints and rumors should be investigated.

Another person responded to Variety. Russell HicksNick’s former president of content and production, sang Schneider’s praises to the outlet:

“Dan’s shows transcend children’s television and are now staples on many streaming platforms, enjoyed by both children and their parents. Dan cared about the children on his shows, even though sometimes their own families sadly didn’t.

What does it mean ? He wasn’t too close, he was a surrogate parent? Tell us, do you know any parents who take photos of their children’s feet? He added:

“What people seem to forget is the fact that the network has a talent management department that monitors everything that happens and attends every event that these kids go to… Everything Dan did in one of his shows was carefully reviewed and approved by Nickelodeon executives.

If someone in charge was watching everyone at all times, then how Drake Bell finish to be attacked? Dialogue coach Brian Peck went to jail for that – it’s a matter of legal fact now, isn’t it? So how did this happen if everything is so strictly monitored?

What do you think of all this, Perezcious readers? The next episode of Calm on set broadcast Monday evening.

(I see via IDENTIFIER/Nickelodeon/Youtube.)

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