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Elizabeth Banks Apologizes for Forgetting 'Color Purple' in Remarks About Steven Spielberg

Elizabeth Banks Apologizes for Forgetting 'Color Purple' in Remarks About Steven Spielberg

Elizabeth Banks was slammed by people on social media this week after she forgot that Steven Spielberg directed the iconic film The Color Purple while slamming him for not featuring female leads in his movies.

The 43-year-old actress and director was accepting Women in Film’s Excellence in Film award on Tuesday (June 13) when she made the remark. After someone in the audience called out the mistake, she kept on talking, something she addresses in an apology statement she just released.

“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. Sorry, Steven. I don’t mean to call your ass out but it’s true,” Elizabeth said during her speech.

Click inside to read Elizabeth’s apology…

After the quote went viral and Twitter blew up, with some people asking for her address so they could mail her a copy of The Color Purple, Elizabeth spoke out on Instagram.

“I messed up. When referring to Steven Spielberg at the Women in Film awards, I framed my comments about his films inaccurately. I want to be clear from the start that I take full responsibility for what I said and I’m sorry,” Elizabeth wrote in the statement. “When I made the comments, I was thinking of recent films Steven directed, it was not my intention to dismiss the import of the iconic The Color Purple.”

“I made things worse by giving the impression that I was dismissing Shari Belafonte when she attempted to correct me, she added. “I spoke with Shari backstage and she was kind enough to forgive me. Those who have the privilege and honor of directing and producing films should be held to account for our mistakes, whether it’s about diversity or inaccurate statements. I’m very sorry.”

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  • Domino

    Stupid bitch.

  • Madsxx

    Another case of a celebrity saying something stupid, being called out for it, then apologizing. Despite not actually being sorry.

  • Ausangel01

    Elizabeth just do us all a favor and shut up.

  • Just Saying

    When you have more opinions than knowledge is inevitable to end up looking stupid every time you open your mouth.

  • SaraJ

    Eh, so he’s done 1 film out of 30 with a female lead and it’s based on a book. Her point, in my opinion, still stands.

  • michae gokey

    But SaraJ why is it important for SS to make a film with a strong leading lady at all? He’s not under any obligation to do so. He doesn’t have a quota to fill in order to keep his membership card to Hollywood. There are plenty of movies that have strong leading ladies. Calling out a director for not doing many is just plain retarded. She is free to make as many as she likes. So is any other director. Hell, the horror genre is chock full of strong leading ladies. The whole damn slasher/monster film genre is built on women who fight back and live while all of the dudes die bloody. So there.

  • michae gokey

    SS is under no obligation to fill his Leading Lady Quota. He does what he does and is good at it. If he chooses to not make a lot of movies with the strong leading lady then that’s his business. There are tons of movies with strong leading ladies. Just ask Julia Roberts, Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Lawrence, Kristen Stewart and a whole bunch more. Plenty of directors out there to fill E. Banks’ Leading Lady Quota.

  • SaraJ

    It just shows that directors cater to male leading roles and parts. Females make up at least 50% of the world and out of 30 films, only ONE has a female lead?! Ridiculous.

  • SaraJ

    Also cannot believe you brought up the “horror genre” which is so stupid – you mean a lead in which they get killed off, and the male ACTUAL lead is the villain? Not to mention these ladies are usually sexualized in horror films with worthless dialogue and not much acting to do besides scared face. Ugh.

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