Thousands of Fans Boycott New Jenna Ortega Film Over Sexual Abuse Allegations

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Jenna Ortega at a carnival in 'Wednesday'

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Thousands of fans are calling for a total boycott of Jenna Ortega’s newest movie due to serious allegations made against her co-star.

(Front): Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams (Background): Michael Keaton's "I'm Batman" from 'The Flash'
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Few names are as recognizable or as famous as Jenna Ortega. The young Hollywood superstar started acting on the original Disney Channel series Stuck in the Middle before quickly branching out into other projects. Ortega had a small role in Iron Man 3 (2013) before starring in Ti West’s twisted horror film X in 2022.

Ortega starred in Scream (2022), which acted as a revival of the iconic horror franchise. This was followed by Scream VI (2023), with both films making over $300 million combined at the box office. Ortega also headlined Netflix’s Wednesday series in 2022, with the actress quickly finding herself becoming a horror icon. This series ranked as the second most-watched series on Netflix, further propelling Ortega’s already-impressive career even higher. In Wednesday, Ortega portrays the titular, Wednesday Adams, as she enrolls in Evermore Academy, a school focused on providing support for the “misunderstood” and the “supernatural. Wednesday has incredible abilities that set her apart from everyone else, with the series acting as a coming-of-age story and a gothic horror extravaganza.

Ortega stars alongside a diverse and entertaining cast of characters, with Percy Hynes White portraying Xavier Thorpe, a close acquaintance of Wednesday. White was recently cut from the upcoming second season of the show following serious allegations of abuse piling up about the young actor. Per The Daily Mail, a source close to White’s family confirmed the actor had been cut from Wednesday season 2 due to abuse allegations.

However, White and Ortega will be starring alongside each other again, this time in a new film that thousands of fans are threatening to boycott.

Jenna Ortega smiling as Wednesday Addams
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It was recently announced that Ortega would be starring in Winter Spring Summer or Fall (2024), a teen love story about two high school students on the cusp of graduation. Wednesday co-star Percy Hynes White will star as Ortega’s love interest in the film, acting as a reunion for the two following White’s departure from Wednesday. White had nothing but positive things to say about his co-star.

“The movie I’m doing in Utah right now is with her [Jenna] as well,” Percy told Popternative. He said they had “a fun time together” on Wednesday‘s set and that he “loves” working with Jenna.

However, the decision to cast White has already proven controversial, with thousands of fans calling for a total boycott of this upcoming film.

“Just a reminder to not support this film in any way percy hynes white is a disgusting vile human being!!” reads a viral Twitter post in reaction to the new film’s announcement.

This post received almost 50,000 likes, indicating this sentiment is shared by many fans. Dozens of comments calling White a “creep” and a “weirdo” were shared, with many sharing their disappointment. Twitter user @LeaveHeardAlone compiled several reports and first-hand accounts of James Hynes White’s alleged behavior, labeling him a “rapist.”

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Apart from Wednesday, White had starred in The Twilight Zone and The Gifted before facing allegations of assaulting a woman at a party. These accusations first surfaced in a now-deleted post shared by an anonymous user earlier this year. The user alleges that White had sexually assaulted her, claiming he deliberately attempted to intoxicate women to take advantage of them.

“The fact that they still let him do this.. smh,” says one user in response to the announcement of Winter Spring Summer or Fall. “We haven’t forgot and yet they still wanna do this with him? DANG!,” reads another comment.

Winter Spring Summer or Fall releases June 2024, with season two of Wednesday currently filming in Ireland. Fans also shared their disappointment about Ortega seemingly siding with her co-star.

“I love Jenna but this guy is so disgusting and i dont like seeing his face,” says one fan. “I hope we also not see him in Season 2. this ruined the excitement of Wednesday fans.”

“Can’t believe they will still release this movie after everything that man has done like what the ***,” reads another.

A source close to White dismissed the allegations, saying, “Percy is a wonderful young man; that’s the truth. He never took part in any of the false claims against him, which were on Twitter and never followed up or substantiated.”

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