Even though you haven’t watched the latest remake/reimagining of Tim Burton, you’ll likely see people dancing to The Cramps Goo Goo Muck or Lady Gagas Bloody Mary. The dance is recreated and used by Jenna Ortega herself (who plays the lead, Wednesday Addams), as in many different styles. (This one is my favourite.) As soon as he realized that Ortega was sick with COVID-19 at the time of shooting, the fun adrift of the incident.
In an interview with NME, Ortega revealed she felt like she was hit by a car and then listed several COVID-19 symptoms. At least one person on the set knew and prescribed her medication while they waited for the test result. The results were eventually positive.
As of yesterday, I woke up a little. I think I’m sick I feel tired at times. I felt like having been hit by a car, that a little goblin had been let loose in my throat and scratched the walls of my esophagus. They gave me medicine.
NME wrote that an MGM representative confirmed Ortegas story. The producer also stated strict COVID protocols were followed, and that she was removed from the set after that. If someone’s experiencing symptoms, would you mind, was she not out of bed in anticipation of the test? If you didn’t see a single person in the room then she probably exposed yourself to the nightstand, too. At the time of shooting (Sept 2021 and March 2022), the host country (Rombian) was experiencing its biggest death spike and two different waves.
Safety on schedule for Wednesday, March 19th.
The backlash that this news has received has generally fallen into two camps. Some blame Ortega for getting a job while feeling sick, and others blamed his continued continued in the production team (which includes Burton as the director for this episode). It’s likely a little like this, but at the same time the leadership on location had responsibility to keep everybody safe.
The director realized when Boseman revealed his battle with Colon cancer on the second day of his life, that he was sick when he met the actor. Boseman was not part of Wednesday’s festivities, but despite battling cancer, he would have risked his death from COVID-19, as he was immunocompromised. He could only not be treated like being so good at anything in that episode as it was.
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Another disturbing aspect is pulling off going to work knowing that you’re sick. She wasn’t feeling well if it wasn’t COVID-19. Because everybody knows their limitations, we need to give the space for us to keep up and heal if we have the privilege to do that. Early in the pandemic, people reflected how wild it is that the norm (and the only option for many) for me to send the kids to school or to get somebody clearly sick stay at their job and risk getting all else sick because of what was so dangerous, respiratory disease and many unknowns. We did not have the capability to increase exposure to COVID-19 to keep our peers safe, and so did the show, which included numerous other cases.
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