American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy won an Emmy last September for directing the “Marcia Marcia Marcia” episode of The People v. O.J. Simpson, which formed part of FX’s American Crime Story.
How is Murphy celebrating? By apologizing for the fact that the episode, which focused on Marcia Clark, the head prosecutor in the O. J. Simpson murder case played in the show by Sarah Paulson, wasn’t directed by a woman.
Murphy told his audience at the Hollywood Reporter Women In Entertainment Breakfast, which included Megyn Kelly and Emma Stone, that a female director was scheduled to direct but pulled out because of an eleventh hour medical emergency. “I felt I had failed,” Murphy lamented.
“I have always had female directors on my shows, but why here didn’t I feel I had a roster of women around me who I could turn this important episode over to?
“Why weren’t these women on speed-dial? Why did I make the choice that was easier for me, but not for the material, or the world in general?”
Openly gay Murphy added: “I’d like to tell the women in this room a few things I am guessing no man in your life or in Hollywood has ever said to you lately, or in combination: ‘I am sorry. It was my fault. I could have done better. I am going to do better. And I have no interest in sleeping with you, I just like you a lot.’ ”
If he feels bad about this — and he really shouldn’t — why doesn’t he give the Emmy to Paulson. Or, failing that, the next woman he bumps to in the street?