How shocking! On Feb 27 — a week after the tragic death of 27-year-old Sarah Jones — the producer of the film she died working on made a horrifically callous comment about her passing; saying that young women die ‘of a lot of things.’
Sarah Jones, a beloved member of the Vampire Diaries crew, was only 27 years old when she was struck by a train on the set of the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider, and now a producer on the film is taking heat for some shockingly indifferent comments he posted on Facebook about her death.
Sarah Jones: ‘Midnight Rider’ Producer’s Callous Remark About Her Death
UPDATE: An insider close to the film told HollywoodLife.com that Page Six’s report is untrue.
Wow, it’s shocking to see how cruel and insensitive some people can be!
According to Page Six Nick Gant, the executive producer of Midnight Rider — the film Sarah died working on — posted a Facebook comment on Thursday, Feb. 27 about her death that was so insensitive and cruel that he quickly removed it, because it was garnering a bunch of angry comments.
“He wrote that young women die of a lot of things,” says a source. “He linked to a Huffington Post article about a woman dying after a bikini wax. So many people told him how sick and stupid it was that he took it down within an hour.”
How horrifying! Not only did Sarah just die, but she died on Nick’s film — he should show some regret and respect. Midnight Rider‘s crew failed Sarah by failing to know about a third train that would interrupt their shoot, and she died as a result.
‘Slates For Sarah’ Campaign Raises On-Set Awareness
An online petition urging the Academy Awards to honor Sarah in their “In Memoriam” segment has garnered over 55,000 signatures, though Vampire Diaries boss Caroline Dries told HollywoodLife.com that the Slates For Sarah campaign — which has encouraged film and television crews worldwide to send in photos of their directing slates — is about much more than just the Oscars.
“Yes, [the cast and crew] would like to have her name at the Oscars’ ‘In Memoriam’ section,” Caroline says. “But more so, [the campaign] is about awareness about Sarah specifically… and also, more awareness about set safety. [It’s about] having the leadership roles on set really step up and say ‘no.’ What we said to the crew the day after we learned [about Sarah’s death] was ‘no shot will ever be as important as you, as your friends, as your family… as you are as people. This is not the end of the world. This job will never be the end of the world. You are always the most important person; the most important thing.’”
What do you think about Nick’s statement, HollywoodLifers? Did he go too far?
— Shannon Miller