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Julie Delpy Apologizes for Hollywood Diversity Comments

Julie Delpy Apologizes for Hollywood Diversity Comments

Julie Delpy has apologized for comments she made at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival on Friday (January 22) about women having a harder time in the industry than any other group.

The 46-year-old Before Sunset actress had commented to The Wrap, “It’s funny — women can’t talk. I sometimes wish I were African-American, because people don’t bash them afterward… It’s the hardest to be a woman.”

Julie apologized in a statement to Entertainment Weekly, saying, “I’m very sorry for how I expressed myself. It was never meant to diminish the injustice done to African American artists or to any other people that struggle for equal opportunities and rights, on the contrary. All I was trying to do is to address the issues of inequality of opportunity in the industry for women as well (as I am a woman). I never intended to underestimate anyone else’s struggle!”

Julie continued, “We should stay alert and united and support each other to change this unfair reality and don’t let anyone sabotage our common efforts by distorting the truth. Again I’m so sorry for this unfortunate misunderstanding, people who know me, know very well that I can’t stand inequality and injustice of any kind.”

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  • Just Saying

    The funny thing about the whole thing is that there has been more white people commenting stupid shit like this than black people complaining…

  • Just Saying

    The funny thing about the whole thing is that there has been more white people commenting stupid shit like this than black people complaining…

  • Will

    She’s right

  • 777

    The fact that she needed to apologise proves her first statement was the truth. Women have it worse than any other minority in the industry, but when they one of them decides to complain people immediately make jokes (like Jennifer Lawrence for example). When a black person in the industry complain and someone else disagree, he immediately gets called racist.

  • Amber

    Life would be much harder if she were African-American, and people need to stop inferring that being African-American gives you a pass to “complain” speaking out against perceived injustices v. complaining are two very different things.

  • devvv

    I know this may be a shocking concept, but there are black women. So take the “those women who have it who have it worse” and add on the injustices that black people face and well what do you know, someone who has it worse that Jennifer Lawrence.

  • 777

    So because someone has it worse no one should complain? I mean, there are black women who suffers more than the black women in show-business, does that mean Viola Davis can’t complain? When Jennifer Lawrence spoke, she did it as a woman, not a white woman, but a woman. She spoke for all women in Hollywood.

  • 777

    So because someone has it worse no one should complain? I mean, there are black women who suffers more than the black women in show-business, does that mean Viola Davis can’t complain? When Jennifer Lawrence spoke, she did it as a woman, not a white woman, but a woman. She spoke for all women in Hollywood.

  • devvv

    No where in my statement did I say that no one should complain. I simply said that there are BLACK WOMEN, a group that both you and Julie Delpy overlooked. And anything Jennifer Lawrence does as a woman, she does a white woman. Jennifer Lawrence and Taylor Swift stand up for themselves and get called feminists. Nicki Minaj and Amandla Stenberg do the same and get called a bitch.

  • 777

    Jennifer Lawrence was called a spoiled brat by so many people. The same joke that Ricky Gervais made at the Golden Globes was made on the internet ever since she wrote that essay, except they weren’t joking when they said that. I’m not overlooking anyone. I find both Taylor and Nicky annoying. I think Amandla is brave. I think Viola Davis is awesome, especially since she chose to address the diversity issue while giving her Emmy speech, not after losing (like Jada Smith for example). My feeling about these women have nothing to do with the colour of their skin, just they way they address their issues.

  • dreamon1978

    She never states if she sees Black women as women or does that title only belong to White Women.

  • dreamon1978

    You prove our point that White feminism cares nothing for women of color. You only see yourselves as women and all other women are “others”

  • Mimilarue82

    Good point!

  • Domino

    Any particular reason you need someone to actually state that women of colour are women? It’s a gender. You’re the one splicing it into ethnicities.

  • Domino

    She’s speaking out about the injustices towards women, which by the way happen in almost every culture including the African-American one, and that’s being taken as complaining and proving her point.

  • 777

    No, “other” women are women. And it’s nice that you assume i’m white.

  • Amber

    If her point is to complain that she isn’t able to speak out against injustice without being attacked, then she should have said so without inferring that African-Americans are the only ones given a pass to complain. That became the reason she received criticism (rightfully so) and had to release an apology in which she clarified her original statement and actually stated her point. Her point wasn’t proven because rather than have the courage to come out and speak her mind, she took the position of, “It’s so much harder for women, but I can’t say anything without being bashed because I’m not African-American.”

    She’s not being criticized because she’s a woman attempting to speak out against anything, she’s being criticized because what she said was thoughtless.

  • Monique X

    leave it, devvv. she’s one of those white feminists that believe they carry the weight of the world on their shoulders and must be heard over anyone else. because the only way julie could make this argument was by comparing it to black people (completely ignoring black women-showing how sexist she is in the first place, just like 777) not to just say it’s hard for WOMEN. period. which would have been the smart way to show how women in general have it hard.

    white feminists are just as oppressive and disgusting as the men they rail against.

  • Monique X

    So when she said “African-American” she meant…what? Specifically black men? Don’t be dense.

  • Amber

    In her original statement, she also placed African-Americans into a specific group. It’s called intersectional feminism which in short rejects the premise of feminism from the default perspective of a white woman. It is a way of acknowledging the different factors (and struggles) affecting women of different races and ethnicities.

  • 777

    I’m gonna give you a piece of advice. Before you make yourself look like an idiot on the internet by making such declarations, remember that you have no idea who the other person is or how does he/she looks like. I hate to disappoint you, i’m not white.

  • Monique X

    Suuure.

  • Domino

    Her quote was not against African-American’s. She’s saying that women can’t make comments about women’s rights without a backlash – that its allowed. Her comment was not even a critique – it was envy. Before you call me a racist. I’m latin and a woman and i wish we had men of all races including my own standing up for women the way that most women support the fight for equality for minorities.

  • Domino

    Maybe its because i’m latin and english is not my first language – i think her argument is lost in translation. She’s not calling out the black community. She’s saying that she wished there was as much of a backlash when women are criticized as when there is when say african americans or even the LGBT community is criticized. I agree. I wish there was a rush to defend the rights of women to speak out – but its open season every time a woman (of any ethnicity) makes an argument. I recognize the amount of sexism in my own community. I can fight to make hispanics equal but really that just means hispanic men because I don’t see men of any race fighting hard for women’s rights and defending us. Jen lawrence says its hard for women – chris rock says what about black women. See how easy it is to dismiss and turn the argument back to one in which puts the focus back to a cause that also benefits him? We are 50% of the population yet we’re always on the back burner – waiting for our turn.

  • devvv

    The original statement (which you agreed with) was: “I sometimes wish I were AA, because people don’t bash them afterward…”. So, I’ll break this down for you. That statement implies that being a woman and being black are mutually exclusive. By saying that she wishes she were African American because women have it the worst, she is essentially saying that white women (or non-black) have a plight that only they are faced with. If women get bashed but black people don’t, what happens to black women? They get forgotten. By agreeing with her, you, whether you realized it or not, excluded black women. Bye.

  • Amber

    Thank you for clarifying. I really like what you have to say and agree 1000%

  • Domino

    Thank you for saying that. Sometimes it seems not worth posting because people seem more interested in an argument than a conversation. I would love to read her quote in context to see if there are clues about what she meant.

  • 777

    No, I agreed with the fact she said black people can complain without getting called out on it. I agree with that because I don’t feel like I can criticize them without being called a racist, while criticizing a woman who complain about equality is completely ok. There are double standards, that what she meant and I agree with that.

  • Amber

    You’re very welcome. I, too would like to know more of what she said in depth before the apology, although it seems she was asked while doing press at Sundance and most likely did not have the advantage of being able to form her thoughts fully. Re-reading the article I was mistaken in calling them thoughtless.

    I do think that of all the forums online, JustJared feels fairly safe to comment. People for the most part are respectful of one another.

  • Amber

    Also, Ellen Page commented on the matter and gave the perfect response about everyone deserving to have their stories told, and it being reflective of society which I think the boycott should be about. Here’s the link:http://www.justjared.com/2016/01/24/ellen-page-says-hollywoods-diversity-issue-is-so-upsetting/

  • James

    Julie Delpy is an untalented idiot anyway so don’t worry about her.
    She’s truly and completely irrelevant and always puts her foot in her mouth.
    She’s an old slob who can’t act or direct properly.
    Just a pale so-called wannabe Woody allen copy who thinks she made it in Hollywood.
    Ugh, nobody can stand her or hire her, that’s why she’s seeking cheap publicity right now.

  • James

    Julie Delpy is an ignorant idiot.

  • James

    She has no valid point.
    She says something then she contradicts herself.
    She’s peddling with her dumb remarks.
    She comes off as a total hypocrite, and she is.
    Publicity and a pay check is what she was seeking.

  • James

    Yadiyadiya. Try harder to defend her, she contradicts herself and now she looks like a complete idiot.
    So much for trying to appear intellectual when in fact she’s a try hard without a proper functioning brain.

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