On Monday, Jessica Chastain spoke out against Hollywood’s hypocrisy over sexual misconduct. She shared her opinion at ELLE’s “Women in Entertainment” event, reported The Daily Wire.
Surrounded by the famous women of Hollywood, Chastain rebuked Hollywood for allowing Weinstein to abuse women in Hollywood for decades. She described how his alleged behavior was an "open secret" in Hollywood, but no one did anything to protect women.
She called out Hollywood for the ”disconnect" between what stars preach in public and how they allow people to act behind closed doors. Hollywood has been speaking out against sexism, blaming it on Republicans for decades, but they failed to walk the walk.
"This is an industry rife with racism, sexism, and homophobia," said Chastain. "It is so closely woven into the fabric of the business that we have become snowblind to the glaring injustices happening every day."
She continued, “Oh we're very quick to point the finger at others and address the issue with social action and fundraising," likely referring to the way that Hollywood jumps on any misconduct by conservatives but ignores similar behavior by liberal insiders.
"Yet there is a clear disconnect between how we practice what we preach in our industry,” she declared.
One of the examples that Chastain cited was Hollywood's public promotion of same-sex marriage and gender equality. However, she said there’s a “private suppression of homosexual relationships and perpetuation of the gender pay gap,” wrote The Daily Wire.
She challenged Hollywood to take an honest look inward to see where they are falling. That honest look inward, she said, needed to include how they sheltered Weinstein’s predatory behavior while publicly criticizing President Trump for his crass comment on Access Hollywood.
"We rally against the presidential candidate who slants a narrative of his sexual assault as mere locker room talk, but at the same time we ignore the stories and warnings of sexual predators in our offices," she said.
Many of the people in Hollywood, such as Meryl Streep, Ben Affleck, and Matt Damon, claimed they knew nothing about his behavior. On Twitter, Chastain slammed them for feigning innocence. She tweeted a few days after the accusations began to stream in that the stories about Weinstein "were everywhere."
"I was warned from the beginning," Chastain wrote on Oct. 9. "The stories were everywhere. To deny that is to create an environment for it to happen again."
Chastain was joined at the event by another famous actress, Reese Witherspoon, who also spoke out about sexual assault. She revealed that she had been assaulted by a director at only 16. When she told, she was made to feel like she had to stay silent in order to stay employed on the movie.
"I have my own experiences that have come back to me very vividly and I find it really hard to sleep, hard to think, hard to communicate a lot of the feelings that I’ve been having about anxiety, about being honest, the guilt for not speaking up earlier," she said. "[I feel] true disgust at the director who assaulted me when I was 16-years-old and anger at the agents and the producers who made me feel that silence was a condition of my employment."
The problem isn’t only limited to men in Hollywood. Jennifer Lawrence opened up about how a female producer had her strip and stand in a “nude line-up” next to much thinner actresses. The humiliating experience was designed to motivate Lawrence to lose weight.
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