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Fans Rage After THG Star Dismisses the Impact of Film Starring Black Women

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People are NOT happy with Elizabeth Banks, and they’re 100 percent justified in their feelings. The 43-year-old actress and self-proclaimed feminist recently accepted an award from Women in Film and used the opportunity to call out an Oscar-winning male director for his lack of women-led movies.

“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,” she said on stage, according to The Wrap. “Sorry, Steven. I don’t mean to call your ass out, but it’s true.”

The Hunger Games star seemingly forgot about The Color Purple, however, but when someone mentioned that the 70-year-old was behind that one, too, she allegedly “moved on” quickly. Here’s the thing — Elizabeth’s point is valid. Of the 30 feature films that were directed by Mr. Spielberg, only three have a female actress at the helm. But here’s the other thing — The Color Purple, which starred Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey and Margaret Avery, was nominated for several Academy Awards and is arguably one of the greatest stories of all time. The fact that she dismissed it as such made some people feel like she was also dismissing movies with African-American women as the stars as being legit and deserving of respect.

It definitely would be amazing for big directors like SS to create more female-led films, but that’s not to say the ones he already made, such as TCP, should be ignored.

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