A video of a naked Jesse Williams captured onstage in a shower scene from ‘Take Me Out’ the Broadway play d has been posted online and went viral, prompting an outcry from the producers and the union that represents actors and stage managers. The video created by an inconsiderate theater attendee shared a full-frontal nude scene singling out Williams got everyone talking just, hours after Williams was nominated for a Tony Award for best performance by a featured actor in a play. Williams plays a gay baseball player who comes out at the height of his success and encounters problems because of it.
Audience members attending the production at New York’s Second Stage Theater are required to lock their phones away in Yondr pouches – special lock bags crafted for private, phone-free events that prevent access to the devices until they are unlocked upon exiting – per the venue’s requirements. “Whoever did this knew not only that they were filming actors without their consent, but also that they were explicitly violating the theater’s prohibition on recording and distribution,” says Kate Shindle, president of Actors’ Equity Association.
During an appearance on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, which was evident that the video had not been leaked during the taping, Williams shared, “I don’t like any of it. I’ve learned in my minutes in theater, which is all a first for me, is don’t read into it. Because it creates more insecurity.” “How insane, though, that this is your stage debut and you’re, like, fully naked. I mean, that’s doubly scary,” said Cohen, to which Williams responded, “I’m told its quite insane, but it’s a first so I have nothing to compare it to and I won’t be scared of anything after this, that’s for sure” And based on the thousands of tweets that were posted by fans within a few hours of the video going viral its safe to say that Williams does not need to feel insecure.