Elle Magazine held its “Women in Entertainment” event in Los Angeles on Monday and actress Jessica Chastain used the opportunity to highlight what she’s as hypocrisy in the entertainment industry amid the Harvey Weinstein sex scandal.
“This is an industry rife with racism, sexism and homophobia,” she said. “It is so closely woven into the fabric of the business that we have become snowblind to the glaring injustices happening every day.”
She continued: “Oh we’re very quick to point the finger at others and address the issue with social action and fundraising. Yet there is a clear disconnect between how we practice what we preach in our industry.”
She used examples like actors being told to stay closeted while the industry champions same-sex marriage, as well issues pertaining to equal pay and sexual misconduct.
“We rally against the presidential candidate who slants a narrative of his sexual assault as mere locker room talk, but at the same time we ignore the stories and warnings of sexual predators in our offices.”
“I was taught that the safest way to get work and to keep getting work was to make myself as little as possible, to never say something that could be taken the wrong way or offend the wrong person. So for too long, I didn’t say anything.”
After the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke two weeks ago, other actresses, like Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Lawrence have come forward, detailing their experiences with harassment in Hollywood, in events that have cast a dark shadow on what many see as an “open secret” in the industry.
- Report from The Hollywood Reporter
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