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Watch: This Powerful Video Essay Highlights Gender Inequality In Hollywood

Watch: This Powerful Video Essay Highlights Gender Inequality In Hollywood

The conversation about gender equality in the film industry is an ongoing one that’s far from over. Points are constantly rehashed on both sides, but this new video essay is one of the most succinct and brilliant pieces on the topic currently available. 

READ MORE: Docu-Series About Hollywood’s Gender Inequality to Air on Epix

Using an amalgamation of quotes from some of the most successful and vocal women actresses the essay, entitled “Second Class Superstars,” builds upon the theme that women are underused and underrepresented in films. Patricia Arquette, Salma Hayek and Emma Watson are just a few of the advocates whose powerful words can be heard over the course of the 9-minute video. 

Using “The Smurfs” as a starting point for where movies can go off track in terms of representing women seems odd, but will make sense by the end of the video (we promise). Clips from a great variety of films, both ones that are doing it right and getting it all wrong, are on display here. 

So get to it. Watch the video above or on TungstenLightProductions Vimeo page. 

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I am a male actor in LA and always thought "Hollywood" was about "the money". An actor, be it female or male, commanded their own salaries dependent on the amount of ticket sales, that A Lister was able to generate. The more people one particular actor can bring into a theatre the more power that actor had to ask for whatever they want.
I am not privy as to how the upper echelon of wheeling and dealing in Hollywood works but I do know that America is the most capitalistic society in the world, I do know that this industry is driven by the amount of revenue a movie makes, and I know that it’s 2016 and if the box office reflected that leading woman were bringing in the same kind of revenue, that leading men do, then I’m pretty sure that they’d be getting the same salaries. After all, I don’t believe that an agent or manager goes into salary negotiations demanding less money for their clients because they are female.


Agree that there is a lack of diversity among the women but yes Selma Hayek is doing a majority of the talking and does it quite well. I don’t think that the lack of representation makes the fact that we don’t have representation of women any less important. Nor does that mean that we should ignore the fact that there is a racial and also a class problem we need to address. However, I don’t think that white feminist or women are in favor of Trump just because they are privileged. Economically or Race privileged, they are still disenfranchised because they are women.


Selma Hayek was featured more than any other actress in the essay and she is not white.


There is something obscene about listening to a cluster of predominantly white women living in exquisite real estate complaining while millions of white, black, asian, hispanic and native American women have to fight for their daily bread. Yet we wonder why some of these dispossessed women find Trump attractive as a political leader.

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