Jaws Actor Richard Dreyfuss’ Comments About Women, LGBTQ+ People, and Diversity Lead to Apology

Actor Richard Dreyfuss showed up in costume at a Jaws-themed event in Massachusetts, where the hit 1975 film he starred in was filmed, and then proceeded to make degrading comments about women, LGBTQ+ people, and diversity.

The venue, The Cabot in the Beverly community, apologized after the event on Saturday (May 25).

The 76-year-old actor, who played a marine biologist in the film, took the stage in a blue, floral-print dress that set workers helped her remove before putting on a sports jacket.

During what was supposed to be a light-hearted question-and-answer session, some in the audience walked out over her comments about women in film and the #MeToo movement, transgender youth and LGBTQ+ rights, and the efforts of the Film Awards. the Academy to promote inclusion. . Dreyfuss has previously said that the academy’s diversity efforts “make me want to vomit.”

Dreyfuss received applause when he ended the debate by referring to his book One Thought Scares Me… and his opinion that civics education is no longer taught in classrooms, to the detriment of the country. The lack of a civic base means “we don’t know who we are,” he said. “If we don’t get it back soon, we’re all going to die.”

The Cabot sent an email of apology saying it did not endorse the views of the actor, who also starred in Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, American Graffiti and The Goodbye Girl, a performance for which he received an Oscar. The venue’s executive director did not immediately respond to emails Tuesday and a representative for Dreyfuss could not be reached.

“We deeply regret that Mr. Dreyfuss’ comments during the event were not in line with the values ​​of inclusion and respect that we uphold at The Cabot. “We understand that his comments were distressing and offensive to many of our community members, and for that, we sincerely apologize,” The Cabot’s statement reads.