Despite the important message, Tom Cruise's livid rant shouldn't be praised

It’s perfectly fine to applaud the message Tom Cruise was trying to get across in leaked audio from the Mission Impossible set, which emerged overnight, but please do not celebrate the manner in which he delivered it.

The actor absolutely ripped into crew members on the Hertfordshire set of his latest action film, which had earlier been shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic.

His tone was so livid and manic I was quivering in my slippers listening to it this morning. Can you imagine being on the receiving end of that?

In an audio clip obtained by The Sun, seemingly recorded covertly without Tom’s knowledge, he was heard going on one hell of an expletive-filled rant after spotting colleagues apparently breaking Covid-19 social distancing rules behind-the-scenes.

He was heard screaming: ‘We are the gold standard. They’re back there in Hollywood making movies right now because of us. Because they believe in us and what we’re doing.

‘I’m on the phone with every f**king studio at night, insurance companies, producers and they’re looking at us and using us to make their movies. We are creating thousands of jobs, you motherf**kers. I don’t ever want to see it again. Ever!’

He went on, now threatening their jobs: ‘Am I clear? Do you understand what I want? Do you understand the responsibility that I have?

‘Because I will deal with your reason, and if you can’t be reasonable and I can’t deal with your logic, you’re fired. That’s it. That is it. I trust you guys to be here.’

Now, I totally back the message in itself. If people continue to flout the rules, companies will be forced to shut down and people will lose their jobs and livelihood. For people working in the entertainment industry, this is something that arguably plays on their minds constantly. Every set is just one positive case of Covid-19 away from shutting down again.

We are still in the middle of a pandemic that has cost the lives of more than one million people around the world, and more than 64,0000 in the UK, with countless being affected be it through job losses, financial sacrifices or just the general disruption to life – no less in the lead up to Christmas.

While some industries are, slowly but surely, starting to pick up the pieces and see what is left after being gutted by the crisis, Hollywood is one sector that continues feeling the brunt of the pandemic, with near-constant government rule changes opening and closing and opening and closing theatres and cinemas and delaying more movies.

Sets closed down completely earlier this year, with Tom’s film Mi7 halted while he was filming in Europe – with reports 12 cases struck down the set more recently. Returning to the UK and reportedly setting up a ‘village’ in which it was safe to film once given the all-clear by the authorities, Tom has managed to keep the set trucking along despite others around the world closing down following infection or Covid-19 infiltration in some way.

So to see crew members apparently breaking the rules is a swift kick to his already-broken ankle, I’m sure.

He’s allowed to be angry. He’s allowed to say something. But he’s not allowed to scream for at least three-minutes straight at people who are working alongside him.

It’s the ultimate power trip and example of – and I believe this is the formal term – ‘swinging one’s d**k’ and it shouldn’t be praised. I don’t believe it’s a ‘snowflake generation’ move to believe that we shouldn’t speak to one another like that.

Piers Morgan suggested Tom was ‘on edge’, as he impersonated him on TV this morning.

He added: ‘Good luck to Tom Cruise because when you go after the crew, they are a vengeful bunch.

‘They can take down anyone in this business so I wish Tom Cruise all the best.’

It’s true though, isn’t it? While Tom was berating his subordinates did he think about how only a few months ago Ellen DeGeneres’s whole image was brought into question after staffers of her programme called out the ‘toxic’ environment behind the scenes?

Tom’s is but a three-minute snippet of what I can only assume was a larger and longer conversation, and we have absolutely no context as to what it truly was that went down on set, and if it’s happened before.

Perhaps he apologised after his rant? He’s yet to publicly address it, so anything else is merely hearsay for now. But the way in which he tore into his underlings, under the guise of painting himself as some saviour of Hollywood, is frankly inexcusable.

I’m not even going to touch on the whole Scientology thing and the links people have drawn between the two today. Nope. No way. Staying well clear.

But Tom is known for his curious manner in which he deploys his communication – was he jumping on a couch while he shouted at the crew members? Who’s to say – but he’s now been caught out encouraging the kind of toxic work atmosphere we’re trying to rid ourselves of after generations of it historically being excusable to shout profanities at those who work under you.

Not that it was ever OK, but gone are the days where you can abuse your power in such a way. The old adage of ‘well, I was spoken to like that by my boss’ does not make it okay to perpetuate the cycle of terror to keep that wheel spinning in an attempt to keep people accountable.

I have no doubt the people he gave a dressing down to won’t stuff up again on Tom’s watch, but I also have an inkling the necessary respect between lead star and crew is perhaps irrevocably damaged.

So Tom, next time just send a passive-aggressive message via DM like the rest of us, OK?

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