What is it about feminism that creates such angry, humorless, relentlessly demanding cranks with no respect for their elders? Actress/feminist/Hillary-supporter/director Elizabeth Banks took the opportunity during an acceptance speech at the Women in Film awards ceremony to accuse Steven Spielberg – Steven Spielberg – of sexist casting.
Banks, who should have paused to scroll through the acclaimed director's IMDB profile before her speech, says that after watching his movies, she noticed no female leads.
“I went to Indiana Jones and Jaws and every movie Steven Spielberg ever made, and by the way, he’s never made a movie with a female lead,” Banks charged. “Sorry, Steven. I don’t mean to call your ass out but it’s true.”
While most of Spielberg’s films do appear to revolve around male leads, at least three have featured lead roles for women; his first film, 1974’s The Sugarland Express, which starred Goldie Hawn; 1985’s The Color Purple, which starred Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg; and last year’s The BFG, which starred child actor Ruby Barnhill. An upcoming film about the Pentagon Papers is set to star Meryl Streep as Washington Post publisher Kay Graham.
Spielberg has also produced several titles with leading roles for women, including 2009’s The Lovely Bones, starring Rachel Weisz, and 2005’s Memoirs of a Geisha.
When an audience member mentioned The Color Purple, Banks just continued. American audiences will soon get a taste of her directorial expertise with the upcoming reboot of Charlie’s Angels. That's right: a reboot of Charlie's Angels.