As more and more stories of Hollywood sexual abuse and exploitation come to light, we can plainly see that Action was decades ahead of the curve. The show frankly dealt with the industry's sex crimes in almost every episode. In fact, it was kind of a running gag throughout the show. Some brief highlights include:
-- A revelation early in the show that Peter's production assistant had to sleep with him to get her job.
-- A studio chief nicknamed Bobby G (allegedly based on Barry Diller) who intimidates everyone around him by whipping out his enormous penis during meetings.
-- Peter informing his female staff that those who "routinely confuse a hand in the blouse with sexual harassment" might want to "call that bitch Gloria Allred and get her off my ass."
-- Peter's ex-wife confessing that she once raped him while he was passed out in a drug stupor.
Even Salma Hayek's cameo is based around a sexual harassment gag. Hayek, who obviously has had plenty of experience with handsy bigwigs in real life, confronts Peter for sexually harassing her in an audition and masturbating in front of her. He doesn't deny what he did -- he just doesn't remember doing it to her specifically. The joke is that despite being the worst person imaginable, Peter is the simply the Hollywood norm. In hindsight, that's ... not actually a joke at all.
Also in the show, we are introduced to a pair of twin brothers named Elliot and Bill Rothstein -- hugely influential Hollywood producers, as well as gluttonous bullies who like to throw their weight around, sometimes literally.
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