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Elizabeth Banks Calls Out Steven Spielberg About His Male-Driven Films

Elizabeth Banks Calls Out Steven Spielberg About His Male-Driven Films

Elizabeth Banks accepted an award on stage at this week’s Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards, and during her speech, she made a great point about director Steven Spielberg.

“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 told the audience (via The Wrap). Of the 30 films Steven has made, one did feature a female lead, and that was 1998′s The Color Purple.

“Buy a f*cking ticket to a movie with a woman, take them, give them the experience of seeing amazing women on film,” Elizabeth told the audience.

WHAT DO YOU THINK of Elizabeth Banks’ commments??

UPDATE: Read the apology that Elizabeth released for forgetting The Color Purple in her remarks about the director.

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  • Madsxx

    I know celebrities like her think they are speaking out for “women’s rights”, but really she just came off like an ass herself here. So embarrassing.

  • Strats

    Scorsese has almost never had a female lead, except for Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore.
    Not ragging on him, he’s my favourite director. But it’s not just Spielberg.

  • LittlePaperStars

    The BFG had a female co-lead too. I get the point she’s trying to make but this didn’t come across well at all. Instead of slating someone who’s an institution, put your energy into finding, working with and promoting young female directors. Her attachment to a young female directors film would make a huge difference to the funding and attention it gets. I dunno maybe be pro active instead of dismissive

  • doric44

    Steven Spielberg is an artist and a storyteller he can make whatever movie he likes and wants to . this SJW crap she is spewing is just poison its cancer that ruins everything

  • Curt Noydb

    Its kinda hard to make a successful movie around a female lead when the only actress you can draw on are self-involved, narcissistic hypocrites. Wonder Woman di amazingly well but then Gal Gadot is Israeli so by SJW and LWNJ definition she is an islamaphobe. Guess we should slam J.K. Rowling for making it about Harry Potter instead of Hermoine.

  • TaraTeller

    I’m a woman and I think she’s a dope. No one is obligated to make movie with female leads. And I wouldn’t be calling out one of the most successful directors of all time. These noveau faux feminists do not speak for me.

  • http://www.paulwalkerfoundation.org RayonLight

    His movies, his choice. What is it with people thinking they can push their own agendas. If you want to make a difference, direct your own movies and hire who ever you want.

  • rose

    Well I for one kinda agree with her BUT she should have done her homework because he actually did a movie (a little film called the color purple) where Whoopi Goldberg was the lead. Is there a separation in hollywood now ? Women of color in one side and then white women in the other one ? SMH.

  • FrenchGirl

    I remember Purple Color by Spielberg.I think that this movie with Whoopi Goldberg as lead means many for many

  • rubie

    One could argue that the movie, color purple, was about the Danny Glovers character, however, it was a powerful movie about woman overcoming the power of men, so it was truly an inspirational movie, but what BANKS meant was a movie based on the woman being the Villain or the hero or just the person in charge, LOL, like WONDER WOMAN!!! My boys and Hubby didn’t go, I said, OK, I went by myself….that’s right!!! Just like I did for Blake Lively’ s last 2 films and Looks like Rough Night will be my next one 😊

  • Raquelle Worthington

    Apparently she has never heard of an interesting little film he made called The Color Purple. A writer has to write what they know, but Steven Spielberg has always encouraged and supported fairness and diversity in writing, directing and performing. She should probably turn her attention to Woody Allen, who is notorious for not using anyone of color in his casts and crews. He has pretty much erased black people from the New York landscape. I do not think I have ever even seen a dark skinned extra in one of his films! The only reason people of color don’t complain is because 75% of his work is so whiny and dull nobody cares! You would think a known pervert would be more interesting🤔😀😂!

  • Susan Radant

    On the IMDB page for the Color Purple, Dannie Glover is first.. not sure how that makes Oprah the lead.. LOL.

  • stupid8911 .

    Not to be a drag, JJ, but you’ve GOT to proofread your articles before posting. Several typos, punctuation errors, and the “The Color Purple” was from 1985. This has been an ongoing trend here now. I truly love this site and its stories, so please tighten this up. Sincerely yours, The Guy Who’s Name Starts with Stupid

  • Michele V

    She is the clear lead of the film, it doesn’t matter who is credited first.

    Also, we shouldn’t forget Sugarland Express with Goldie Hawn and The BFG.

  • plez

    Oprah is not the lead. It’s Whoopi Goldberg. The story it about her. Whoopi got Oscar nomination for Best Actress

  • quartzoup

    Lmfao. I like her but that Color Purple faux pas has got me crying. When actors talk without a script…

  • quartzoup

    Lol going to imdb to read about a classic movie, you showed your ass there :3 Whoopi is the lead in the movie.

  • It’s Me

    He’s too busy with Oscar baiting scripts to care who he casts. But now that she mentions it…

  • SaraJ

    Wait.. are you saying every female actress is self-involved and narcissistic? As if male actors aren’t?
    You’re gross.

  • SaraJ

    1/30 films, and the Color Purple is based on a book.. eh it’s not like he wrote that lead.