There is indeed a gender bias in Hollywood, that great bastion of (mostly) White male (again mostly) Jewish dominance that puts out one truly fantastic film for every ten that aren’t worth the celluloid they are created on. It’s not just the pay scale – which in my opinion is far too exorbitant per film for each ‘A List’ actor/tress anyhow – it’s the way that women are treated by male directors, producers, and talent, as well as how we are often portrayed in the movies. Take the horror genre, for example. While minorities are usually the first to be killed off, the pretty chick with the sexy figure typically lives – but only after almost losing her life at the hands of a deformed psychopath, and after being called ‘bitch’ umpteen times by a couple of the college age males in their camping party.
Nearly all men have an inferiority complex – except those that honestly believe we are all equal in spite of genital differences, among other things – and for some very odd reason, the male species seems to find it frightening that women demand to be treated the same as they, paid equally as they for the same work, and be shown respect as fellow human beings. Men cannot get it through their thick skulls that they are not superior to anyone or anything else on earth, no matter what those damn patriarchal religions tell them, or what our chauvinist society holds them up to be, or what women filled with self-hate who stroke their macho egos have led them to believe.
Women are treated like shit everywhere, not just the Middle East and Asia and Africa. We are also treated like shit here in the Western World, which is supposed to be so much more enlightened and progressive and forward-thinking than those Third World backwaters. Unfortunately, it’s not so as you will find out from the following situations that occurred to many well-known female celebrities.
Debra Messing: “I’d never been on a film before. I was doing a love scene with Keanu Reeves. We started filming and the very famous director screamed ‘Cut’ and said, ‘How quickly can we get a plastic surgeon in here? Her nose is ruining my movie.’” “It was a shock. I was so confident coming out of graduate school with my masters in acting. I’d studied in London and I was so well-equipped with skill sets, and then to walk on set and have that happen — I was reduced to an un-Hollywood nose.”
Zoe Saldana: “[A producer told me] ‘I hired you to look good in your underwear holding a gun.’”
“I was told walking into this project that they really wanted me for the part, and that any input or ideas I had, to please share them. That’s what I was doing, and this producer was so bothered by the fact that he had to disrupt his vacation to call me and tell me to stop being a difficult bitch. I thought, ‘Wow, it’s real. It really happens.’”
Kate Beckinsale: “I don’t think I fitted the type of actress Michael Bay the director had met before. I think he was baffled by me because my boobs weren’t bigger than my head, and I wasn’t blonde.”
“When we were promoting [Pearl Harbor], Michael was asked why he had chosen Ben [Affleck] and Josh [Hartnett], and he said, ‘I have worked with Ben before and I love him, and Josh is so manly and a wonderful actor.’ Then when he was asked about me, he’d say, ‘Kate wasn’t so attractive that she would alienate the female audience.’” “He kept saying it everywhere we went, and we went to a lot of places.”
Maggie Gyllenhaal: “There are things that are really disappointing about being an actress in Hollywood that surprise me all the time. I’m 37 and I was told recently I was too old to play the lover of a man who was 55. It was astonishing to me. It made me feel bad, and then it made me feel angry, and then it made me laugh.”
Lena Dunham: “I heard a guy on my show say into his microphone: ‘I hate this job. I can’t wait to be back on a show where there’s a man at the helm.’ Later, that same guy came up to me at lunch and said, ‘You’re really enjoying that buffet, aren’t you?’”
Mila Kunis: “‘You’ll never work in this town again.’ A cliché to be sure, but also what a producer threatened when I refused to pose semi-naked on the cover of a men’s magazine to promote our film. I was no longer willing to subject myself to a naïve compromise that I had previously been willing to. ‘I will never work in this town again?’ I was livid, I felt objectified, and for the first time in my career I said ‘no.’ And guess what? The world didn’t end. The film made a lot of money and I did work in this town again, and again, and again. What this producer may never realize is that he spoke aloud the exact fear every woman feels when confronted with gender bias in the workplace.”
Ava Duvernay: “As long as women make up only 20 percent of Congress, as long as senior movie studio execs are 93 percent male, and only four percent of studio films are directed by women; as long as the President of the United States, the VP, the Speaker of the House, the President Pro Tem, the Secretaries of State, of the Treasury, of Defense, are all men—you have to go seven layers down to find a woman, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, on the succession plan—then I’d say, Yes, we need ‘women’s media.’ We need as many ‘women in’ gatherings that we can dream up.”
Kristen Stewart: “It’s a male-dominated and driven business…You need to make something that’s undeniably good. If a woman makes a bad movie, or does something stupid, then the door just slams shut. It’s fucked up.”
Meryl Streep: “No one has ever asked an actor, ‘You’re playing a strong-minded man.’ We assume that men are strong-minded, or have opinions. But a strong-minded woman is a different animal.”
Kerry Washington: “Having your story told as a woman, as a person of color, as a lesbian, or as a trans person or as any member of any disenfranchised community is sadly often still a radical idea.”
Rooney Mara: “To me, the thing that’s more unfair than the pay is the terminology that’s used to describe actresses who have a point of view, and want to have a voice in their life and their career, and what they choose to do. I’ve been called horrible things. If a man was acting in the same way that I was acting, it would just be considered normal. To me, that’s the thing I find so frustrating is calling women spoiled brats and bitches. We just want to have a voice in our life, and I don’t think that’s anything that shouldn’t be encouraged in any human.”
Nicole Kidman: “Obviously we need to create more opportunities, it’s not an even playing field…We also need to put cameras in little girls’ hands and get them to tell stories and increase their confidence so that they can feel powerful.”‘
Male talent can be ugly as hell – take for example Forest Whitaker, Ed Harris, and Danny Glover, to name a few – and still get great roles but a woman must be young, pretty, and (preferably) White. It is not fair at all, nor is it when screenwriters – typically male, predominantly White – refer to women as ‘bitches’ routinely (you rarely hear a male character called a ‘prick’ or ‘dick’ or ‘cocksucker’), and the women always have to take their clothes off. The men might remove a shirt but that’s it. Then there are the lesbian scenes that have become commonplace in many thriller films – how many gay male scenes have you watched in non-porn movies? I can count maybe 5 that I have in my collection, and one of those is Brokeback Mountain.
I thought Jewish men were more liberal than most but apparently that isn’t true to judge by the shit women must endure in Hollywood. White males don’t want to relinquish their power to anyone, not even a White female – look at what happened during the 2016 election – and the film & television industry is as indicative of that as any other field. Sad but that’s life and with Donald Trump showing his sexist ass whenever he can, I don’t see society changing any time soon and that’s a tragedy.