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Quote of the Day: “Why? Why? Why? Don’t they want the money?

Quote of the Day: "Why? Why? Why? Don't they want the money?

That is the quote Meryl Streep uttered Tuesday night at the annual Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards.  She was onstage to present Viola Davis with her Crystal Award for Excellence in Film. 

Here's what she said via Vanity Fair's website:

In this room, we are very familiar with these dreadful statistics that detail the shocking under-representation of women in our business. Seven to ten percent of directors, producers, writers, and cinematographers [are women] in any given year. This in spite of the fact that in the last five years, five little movies aimed at women have earned over $1.6 billion: The Help, The Iron Lady believe it or not, Bridesmaids, Mamma Mia!, and The Devil Wears Prada. As you can see, their problems were significant because they cost a fraction of what the big tent-pole failures cost. . . . Let’s talk about The Iron Lady. It cost $14 million to make it and brought in $114 million. Pure profit! So why? Why? Don’t they want the money?

Here are Meryl and Viola talking to Access Hollywood

More accounts of the evening:

Meryl Streep Scolds Hollywood Studios for 'Big Tentpole Failures' (The Wrap)

Streep Lays Out Women's Pic Studio Stats at Women in Film Awards: "Why Don't They Want the Money?" (Thompson on Hollywood)

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Comments

WA

Katie, as a black woman i'm very annoyed by ppl who have to bring race into every issue. This issue is about women period, stay on the subject! There are films about history, black and white issues. Did you have a problem with the movie "For Color Girls," how many white woman could relate to that? Every movie doesn't have to be created with you in mind! I thought is was sad when ppl asked why Hunger Games had black ppl in it, i also think it's sad when black ppl think every moive has to to be catered to them. America is a country full of different nationalities, do you know how exhausting it would be to cater to every race in every movie? The Help was not a stereotypical movie, it was a movie based during a time when black women were maids. How authentic would this movie be if all the black women in it were business women in the early '60s? I mean seriously, you can't rewrite history to make you feel better. Sonic, regardless to what you think, there had to be some white ppl that helped blacks. At some point and time somebody has to pass laws to help blacks, someone had to say we won't associate ourselves with racist, we won't tolerate insensitive treament, shows, language, etc. Somebody had to realize the mistake of those that came before them. All these advances in equality were a joint effort. Naturally, there are more things catered to the majority. Regardless to how our ancestors came here, we are here and we must move forward. The ppl of the past are dead, live in the present. Evil still exist, but don't be apart of the very thing you hate. Both of you sound pretty bitter! I'm grateful that i wasn't born into sex trafficing, war, poverty and slavery. All these things exist in other countries. I will never forget the sacrifices of the ppl that came before me nor will i let my children.

Duder NME

But do any of those five films pass the Bechdel test?

katie

"This in spite of the fact that in the last five years, five little movies aimed at (WHITE) women have earned over $1.6 billion: The Help, The Iron Lady believe it or not, Bridesmaids, Mamma Mia!, and The Devil Wears Prada." <—FTFY. As a African descent woman, I have to disagree that any of these films were created with African descended women in mind. The Help was created to make whites feel better about themselves and did the other films even HAVE African descended women in them? IJS

LeonRaymond

The reason is, finely hand chiseled and superbly carved RACISM AND SEXISM, they let those go and we would really have a Hollywood worth talking about!!!

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