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Following the sexual harassment scandals involving Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey (who starred in Netflix's House of Cards) and Bill Cosby, you would expect the entertainment industry to clamp down on that kind of behaviour. It seems Netflix is leading the charge, announcing guidelines for film crews for how to behave on-set.

Prohibited behaviour includes staring at anyone for longer than five seconds, asking for someone's phone number unless they've given permission for it to be distributed, and lingering hugs.

There are also dictates on no flirting, and no asking out a colleague if they have already said no.

Crew members are advised to report any colleagues who give them unwanted attention, to steer clear of a colleague if they've said they're not interested in you romantically, and to shout "Stop, don't do that again" if a colleague has acted inappropriately.

Predictably, these rules have been decried as "barmy" by the UK tabloids. But most reasonable people would agree that they're just common sense. (Five seconds is a long time to look at someone. And who would ever welcome a lingering hug?)

"We are proud of the anti-harassment training we offer to our productions," Netflix said in a statement. "We want every Netflix production to be a safe and respectful working environment. We believe the resources we offer empower people on our sets to speak up, and shouldn't be trivialised."

As we say, common sense. Which, ironically, is something the tabloids often call for.

Source: The Sun

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