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Jessica Chastain: ‘I Have Felt So Bad’ That Some Women ‘Feel Excluded’ From Time’s Up

Thandie Newton made headlines this month for saying it was "very painful" not to be included in the Time's Up anti-harassment initiative.

Jamie Foxx

Jamie Foxx


Jessica Chastain is one of the most vocal members of the Time’s Up anti-harassment campaign, and she took to Twitter on April 23 to defend the initiative and express her feelings over the fact that not every woman feels included.

“I have felt so bad that some feel excluded,” Chastain wrote. “I was never asked to join anything, I just came forward to see how I could be of service. No one is unwelcome. The more women that come together, standing shoulder to shoulder, the stronger we are.”

Thandie Newton made headlines this month after she told News Corp that it was “very painful” not to have been asked to join Time’s Up. “I wasn’t hot enough,” the actress said. “I wasn’t mainstream enough and I wasn’t going to be at the Oscars this year, even though I am having a renaissance in my career.”

Asia Argento, who has been extremely critical of Time’s Up for not being inclusive, posted Newton’s comments to her Twitter page and wrote, “More proof, if any was needed, that #TimesUp is an exclusive club (and extended feel-good PR opportunity) for Hollywood elites that shuns survivors.”

Chastain responded to Argento, saying, “I invited you to the first meeting at my house Nov 27th but unfortunately you were out of town. It wasn’t called #TimesUp cuz we didn’t have a name. It was just a group of actresses coming together to see how we could support the brave women coming forward & create lasting change.”

The “Molly’s Game” star went on to praise Argento for being “brave” and starting the movement. Argento accused Harvey Weinstein of rape last October. You can read all of Chastain’s tweets below.

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