Director Quentin Tarantino’s penultimate film centers on Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stuntman Cliff (Brad Pitt) as they both try to stay relevant in their fields of work. Actress Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) is their newest neighbor and they find that life living next to her ended up a bit more crazy than they thought.
This is a different post than usual, it’s not a review, but a post that will hopefully start some discussion. Last night I discovered some video essays about women in film and in the public eye – specifically Megan Fox and Stephanie Meyer, the author of Twilight. Here’s a link to both video essays by Lindsay Ellis:
Bringing Up Baby is a comedy starring Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant – old, classic Hollywood stars. The film revolves around zoologist, David Huxley (Grant), who is trying to get a 1 million dollar donation to his museum. He meets Susan Vance (Katharine Hepburn) who continually sabotages him in order to grow closer to him. With them together mayhem ensues in the form of a missing leopard named Baby and a dog hiding a rare dinosaur bone.
As today has gone on, I keep seeing that more and more women are speaking up about their encounters with Harvey Weinstein. Here is a list of actresses and other women he has sexually harassed so far: Tomi-Ann Roberts, Laura Madden, Rosanna Arquette, Katherine Kendall, Liza Campbell, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mira Sorvino, Ashley Judd, Judith Godrèche, Rose McGowan, Asia Argento, Angelina Jolie, Zelda Perkins, Romola Garai, Dawn Dunning, Lucia Stoller, Lauren Sivan, Louisette Geiss, Emma de Caunes, Jessica Barth, Cara Delevigne, Emily Nestor, Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, and Lauren O’Connor. That is a total of 24 women that we KNOW of and these incidents of harassment have been going on now for about 33 YEARS. This is simply unacceptable.
Male actors have also spoken out condemning Weinstein’s actions such as Ben Affleck and Matt Damon (Weinstein gave them their big break). It should be noted that Ben Affleck failed to comment on his brother’s, Casey Affleck, alleged sexual harassment of women. Rose McGowan fired back on Ben Affleck saying that once she informed him of Weinstein’s harassment, he said, “Goddamnit! I told him to stop doing that!” meaning that Affleck was well aware of Weinstein’s predatory behavior before it was made public. In his statement, Matt Damon said, “But, now, as the father of four daughters, this is the kind of sexual predation that keeps me up at night.” Okay people, can we stop using the “as a husband/as a father of daughters” line please? You are insinuating that only as a husband or father that you care about this type of sexual behavior. That you only care about those close to you receiving these unwanted advances, not women in general, which is A PROBLEM!Continue reading “Now Let’s Talk About Hollywood Sexism…”