Since Ezra Miller gained mainstream fame as the loveable, albeit lost, high-school senior in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, fans could not have anticipated the downturn the actor’s life would have taken. From carrying out physical assault to being the face of grooming allegations, there is little that Miller has not been accused of over the years.
The Flash actor’s behaviour becomes especially shocking after understanding their history of activism, especially towards movements that stand by victims of gender-based and indigenous crimes. In 2013, Miller trekked to the North Pole alongside other activists for Greenpeace to plant a “flag for the future” – a capsule containing a petition with nearly three million signatures urging for the protection of the Arctic. In 2018, they showed their support for the #MeToo movement in a Hollywood Reporter profile, sharing his own story of sexual coercion by a director and producer in exchange for a movie role. “They gave me wine and I was underaged. They were like, ‘Hey, want to be in our movie about gay revolution?’ And I was like, ‘No, you guys are monsters,’” Miller shared.
Nonetheless, Miller’s recent behaviours have led fans to question the true intentions behind his activism, and if his activism was a clever facade hiding a darker truth. The lines became blurrier when Miller was accused of kidnapping and grooming an indigenous teenager a few months ago. In 2018, Miller and their band Sons of an Illustrious Father were interviewed by Gibson Iron Eyes, a 14-year-old activist Miller had previously met while protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline in 2016. And in 2022, the parents of the now 18-year-old have accused Miller of grooming their child, who is non-binary and a member of the indigenous Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
Court documents obtained by TMZ reveal the parent's allegations against Miller, including the actor being involved in Gibson’s life since they were 12, trying to sleep in the same bed as them, and providing them with alcohol, marijuana, and LSD. When the parents visited Gibson earlier this year, they found bruises on their body and that they no longer had access to their driver’s license, car keys, or bank card. “Ezra uses violence, intimidation, the threat of violence, fear, paranoia, delusions, and drugs to hold sway over a young adolescent [Gibson],” court documents read.
Gibson had come forward on Instagram and denounced the documents, accusing their parents of being “transphobic,” especially due to the use of Gibson’s deadname Takota in the documents. Miller and Gibson could not be located as Gibson’s parents believed they were still on the run from authorities.
As social media uproar ensured, these allegations raised a much larger discussion on not only the grooming of minors by figures holding influence but also the prevalent violence towards indigenous people. Miller has participated in numerous instances of physical assault, most recently toward women in Hawaii at a karaoke bar and private parties. Many people pointed out Miller’s pattern of targeting indigenous women, especially since indigenous communities have been more vulnerable to intrusion and oppression.
One user wrote, “Whether or not their victims are Indigenous, Ezra Miller’s recent spree of violence against women in Hawai’i is part of a larger pattern where settlers and tourists use the islands as playgrounds for abuse, and Indigenous people suffer the most from it.”
Whether or not their victims are Indigenous, Ezra Miller’s recent spree of violence against women in Hawai’i is part of a larger pattern where settlers and tourists use the islands as playgrounds for abuse, and Indigenous people suffer the most from it.— Erin | أيرين (@ramman_erin) April 21, 2022
“Ezra Miller is so scary because they literally came to Hawaii pretending to care about us native Hawaiians, protested at our events, and then proceeded to terrorise our population and kidnap an indigenous minor. ‘Allies’ can be so delusional,” another user pointed out.
ezra miller is so scary bc they literally came to hawaii pretending to care about us native Hawaiians, protested at our events, and then proceeded to terrorize our population and kidnap an indigenous minor. “allies” can be so delusional— anuhea (@AnuheaNihipali) June 23, 2022
Grooming allegations are just one of the many accusations to Miller’s name, but the repercussions Miller’s allegedly criminal behaviour will have on their career is yet to be witnessed. According to Rolling Stone, Warner Bros. and DC executives have decided “to hit pause on any future projects involving Miller including possible appearances in the DC Extended Universe.” However, The Flash is still scheduled to be released next year amidst controversy. Miller is also set to appear in Dalíland as a young Salvador Dalí, set to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) this September.
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