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Emma Thompson Says Sexism In Hollywood Has Gotten Worse

Emma Thompson Says Sexism In Hollywood Has Gotten Worse
Emma Thompson at the Nanny McPhee London premiere Caroline Bonarde Ucci / Wikimedia Commons CC BY 3.0


Emma Thompson Says Sexism In Hollywood Has Gotten Worse

For veteran actress Emma Thompson who has been working on film and television as early as the 80’s, it seems sexism in Hollywood is not going away at all. Instead, it just keeps getting worse. In an interview with Radio Times magazine, Thompson says, “I think it’s still completely s*** actually.”

Moreover, she added, “When I was younger, I really did think we were on our way to a better world and when I look at it now, it is in a worse state than I have known it, particularly for women and I find that very disturbing and sad.”

Furthermore, she remarked, “So I get behind as many young female performers as I can and actually a lot of the conversations I have with them are about exactly the fact that we are facing and writing about the same things and nothing has changed, and that some forms of sexism and unpleasantness to women have become more entrenched and indeed more prevalent.”

In her latest film called “The Legend of Barney Thompson,” Thompson plays Cemolina, a 77-year old prostitute. Of the role, she says that having her play Cemolina is “a bit ageist.” After all, the Oscar-winning actress is only 56. However, the role still appealed to Thompson, well enough to want to portray the role. She said, “It would be really nice to get someone who is actually 77 to play her, but it’s a wildly comic role and I couldn’t resist.”

Thompson is not the only one speaking out against racism. Last month, actress and director Rose McGowan got fired by her acting agent after she gave her thoughts on sexism on Twitter. It was a tweet that came with photo of a casting note from a script for an Adam Sandler movie she just got. She said, “casting note that came w/script I got today. For real. name of male star rhymes with Madam Panhandler hahahaha I die.”

A few days later, she announced that her acting agent fired her, tweeting, “I just got fired by my wussy acting agent because I spoke up about the bullshit in Hollywood. Hahaha.

Meanwhile, it seems things are getting a little better for McGowan. Just last July 19, she tweeted, “Today our all-dude crew treated a female new producer and a female new director with.”

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Jennifer Ong has been covering and writing stories since 1998. Over the years, she has worked on stories on business, health, lifestyle, entertainment and travel. She has also previously written shows for television. When she's not on the job, she enjoys wine and Formula 1.

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