Emma Thompson On Sexism In Hollywood: “I Still Think It’s Complete Shit”

Emma Thompson sat down with The Radio Times and delivered a very important message: sexism in Hollywood is still horrible. Thompson acknowledges that the general inequality and shittiness that runs rampant towards women in Hollywood has gotten worse:

“I don’t think there’s any appreciable improvement and I think that for women, the question of how they are supposed to look is worse than it was even when I was young. So, no, I am not impressed at all.”

In the light of Rose McGowan’s public outcry against Hollywood sexism, this doesn’t seem surprising at all. The barriers are still very much in place, firm and strong and hard to dismantle. Ageism is another issue, which seems to something everyone passively accepts and rarely talks about. In Thompson’s upcoming film, “The Legend Of Barney Thompson,” the 56-year-old actress plays a 77-year-old prostitute. If Amy Schumer’s theory about how every actress has a last fuckable day, then it seems Thompson’s was sometime in the early-’90s, circa “Much Ado About Nothing” and “Sense and Sensibility,” when she was in her mid-30s.

Despite these ageist and sexist obstacles, Thompson knows that the best way to get out of the mire is to stay informed and help the generations on the come up. She says:

“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.”

So, there you have it. Sexism is real! Sexism still exists! If Emma Thompson, a woman of immeasurable talent and attractiveness, was silently deemed unviable as a female romantic lead in her mid-30, what does that say about us plebes? Food for thought, ladies. Get out there.

[The Radio Times]