Emma Stone talks about sexism on set to People Magazine.
Though Emma felt she had a voice and was treated with great respect on the set of La La Land, that is far from the norm.
“There are times in the past, making a movie, when I’ve been told that I’m hindering the process by bringing up an opinion or an idea. I hesitate to make it about being a woman, but there have been times when I’ve improvised, they’ve laughed at my joke and then given it to my male co-star. Given my joke away. Or it’s been me saying, ‘I really don’t think this line is gonna work,’ and being told, ‘Just say it, just say it, if it doesn’t work we’ll cut it out’ – and they didn’t cut it out, and it really didn’t work!’”
You might think it’s silly for a 28 year-old movie star with a great career to complain about anything, but she makes a good point. Though Hollywood is beginning to embrace a greater diversity of women and minorities, there are still problems. And a lot of the sexism isn’t about abject harassment, but the constant condescending nature of those in charge.
If a woman at any job constantly had a man take credit for her best work or be told to shut up while the jackoff guy across the room gets to share all his brilliant ideas, they would be pissed. And Emma’s not even mad about it, just disappointed. Even though her job brings home a way better paycheck than most, it’s still a job and she’s still treated as less than, and she still has a right to bitch if she wants to.