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Jessica Chastain Admits Appearing in All-White Actress Photo Shoot Is 'A Sad Look'

Jessica Chastain Admits Appearing in All-White Actress Photo Shoot Is 'A Sad Look'

Jessica Chastain is critiquing herself after appearing in a photo shoot for a Los Angeles TimesThe Envelope cover story, which boasted “a shift in focus” in Hollywood and featured solely white actresses.

The cover, which was immediately hit with criticism on social media, also featured Annette Bening, Margot Robbie, Diane Kruger, Saoirse Ronan and Kate Winslet.

“Honestly @jes_chastain as an outspoken voice for equality how do you pose for a photo like this and not feel absolutely mortified by the blatant exclusion? How is it possible to not understand the msg this photo sends?” editor Rebecca Carroll tweeted on Friday (December 22).

“Its a sad look that there’s no WOC in this pic of us promoting our female lead films. The industry needs to become more inclusive in its storytelling. What were your favorite WOC lead films this year? I LOVED @salmahayek in #BeatriceAtDinner,” Jessica responded.

“Its TERRIBLE that I can’t think of at least 5 female lead films with woc this year. In 12 months there’s not even 5?!” she continued.

Read her tweets below.

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  • Shelby

    Is it just as sad when a photo of all black women is taken?

  • Gina

    Nope, not when they’re underrepresented in Hollywood. It’s never sad to the underappreciated and undervalued get the attention that they’re rarely given in the first pale.

  • Shelby

    As of July 2016, white Americans are the racial majority. African Americans are the largest racial minority, amounting to 13.3% of the population. Hispanic and Latino Americans amount to 17.8% of the total U.S. population, making up the largest ethnic minority.

  • Shelby

    Keep trying to make white people feel guilty and it will continue to backfire. White people today have done nothing wrong. We do not condone slavery. It’s a new day.

    Start addressing the real problem. The kids that grow up without fathers. Chances aren’t good for those kids. Try to focus on that and not meaningless photos.

  • Gina

    Within the last few years, many movies with black leads have done really well at the box office. A lot of white moviegoers have contributed to these box office numbers. You are acting like black people are the only ones who watch these movies, you are dead wrong.

  • Shelby

    So what are you saying? Black actors who bring in the big bucks aren’t appreciated or recognized? By whom? Why would that be? Do you have stats to back that up?

  • Gina

    Gimme a f*cking break. Do I have to hold your hand? Is the topic of this very article not an example, is award show season not another?

  • Shelby

    PLEASE don’t touch my hand. No need. As we all know, Hollywood is filled with hypocritical idiots behind their gated communities who try to tell the rest of us how to live.

    Who cares about a freakin photo. ITS MEANIngless

  • Gina

    Your hand would be slimy anyway. Those so-called “meaningless” things add up. It’s far too easy for you consider them meaningless.

  • Shelby

    Grow up and face the real problem. It’s not a photo. It’s the fact that far too many kids grow up without a father … they grow up on the streets. Don’t ignore the truth

  • Gina

    What the hell does that have to do with racism in Hollywood? You’re all over the damn place.

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  • cutitout

    The photo is a symptom, not the problem. If there are no quality diverse award season caliber roles being written/greenlit then this is the outcome. She and the other actors have a duty to promote the films they were in and its no point in them demanding the inclusion of other races when they were not nominated.

  • cutitout

    How much money did Girls Trip make again? How many of the fast and Furious Leads are of Color???? Please stop. The films are simply not being made because the powers that be are old, antiquated white men.

  • cutitout

    Obviously you do because you have plenty of comments…..

  • cutitout

    What does having or not having a “father” have to do with Hollywood considering making more diverse films? Are you insinuating that only people of color grow up without fathers in the household? How many White actors and actresses that are very successful grew up in single parent homes????? Here’s an example:

    “Jessica Chastain was born on March 24, 1977 in California, to Jerri Renee Hastey (née Chastain) and rock musician Michael Monasterio. Her parents were both teenagers when she was born. Chastain is reluctant to publicly discuss her family background; she was estranged from Monasterio and has said that no father is listed on her birth certificate……”

  • agus

    So I hope in nearest future her roles will be given to the black actresses so the biggest hypocrite in Hollywood will become unemployed. She is the one who worked with Weintstein and Singer although years of gossips.

  • David Levy

    Liberalism is a mental disorder

  • cafeast

    I think it is sad, because it is always sad. Always. They always have some sob story. Black is beautiful… my fake hair is gorgeous… white women should not steal our men… We are beautiful… Real women have curves… Did we say we are beautiful? Because we are!!!

    Just sad.

  • cafeast

    Oh Gina… you are still the same whiny shitstain you have always been. It seems nothing has changed! New Year! Treat yourself to a firearm or a drive right into a cliff.
    You are repulsive and ppl hate you b/c you choose to be you.

  • cafeast

    Ughh, I hate ‘diverse’. It just means black. Whiny black ppl cannot just say we want more black, so they coined this term ‘diversity’.
    They could not give a flying f- about latino or asian. Besides far more than 14 % of the entertainment industry is unfortunately black now and they just need to go.
    Movies need to feature beautiful ppl. Not societal charity projects.

  • cafeast

    This bitch has been doing the most for a minute now. I find her repulsive. I hope her movies tank and she realizes that she has no fanbase. So brittle 40-something hollywood bimbo, became famous for spreading her legs to that Megan Ellison girl.
    She is no stranger to the casting couch… carpet munching variety.

  • Amber

    I highly doubt that only 11% of moviegoers are black. Where are you getting your information from?

  • Gina

    Oh, cuntfeast… you are the same disease riddled sewer rat that you’ve always been. Your mom should have done the world a favor and swallowed you while she was blowing your father at the trailer park. Merry Christmas!

  • Gina

    Exactly. Let’s not forget the fact that Charlize Theron’s mother shot and killed her abusive father.

  • phrank

    Under-represented? What percentage of the population do you think black women make? And given that information, when you have the actual percentage, what percentage over and above that do you think they should be given as a presence in entertainment media? I’m so tired of 15% of the population thinking that they should be 50% of the face of television and the movie industry

  • Gina

    Riiiight, because black women are the only people of color in Hollywood.

    Also, I’m talking about the movies that DO exist and DO get made featuring people of color that DON’T get recognized.

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  • Geoffrey Barnes

    Approximately 12% of people in this country are black (since you specified, and also excluded other nationalities because you are clearly someone who is fine with excluding those who are different from you based on your comments). Name 12% of females actors who are leads in movies. There are a LOT of HW movies, so now since they are not being under-represented, simply name the 12% of movies, with WOC female leads. According to your argument, this should be simple………(the secret answer is you can’t do it!).

    The other issue, as Gina pointed out, is that there are other people who are not represented in anywhere near frequency as they should be.

    Thanks Phrank, for being frank about how you feel.

  • Geoffrey Barnes

    So is racism, bigotry, or ignorance also?

  • Justme

    No Native American women? The lead actress in Wind River Julia Jones (Choctaw)….outstanding performance.

  • Dill

    These women, although well intended, are only part of the problem. They should have refused to pose or given their spot to a more worthy actress of color. So many white simply do not understand they have their positions not because of talent or skill but because of their pasty white skin tone.

  • phrank

    Hey Betty, I hope your scummy spammer ass gets removed from Disqus. Die now!

  • phrank

    Lol, no, I won’t be jumping through any hoops to entertain you. Im confident that 12% of the population has the share of presence they deserve, nothing more, nothing less. Go play in one of your racist special interest groups, they MORE than compensate for any (actually)fair treatment in their respective industries. “Black —”(you pick), then allow some outsiders in ….oh, wait…well, since YOUR racist groups are TOTALLY exclusionary…and since anything exclusively WHITE is racist, lets just keep it that way, because we know that if black women suddenly became 50% of all Hollywood celebrities it would have zero impact on all the racist black special interest groups. I believe the definition of that mindset is “black Supremacy”. Of course, youll deny that.

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  • Gina

    Your hard on for me is amusing.

  • RahxephonKun

    This is the dumbest thing I have ever heard. So all white people have to give up their jobs/positions to black people? In a country of mostly whites there can never be a cover with only white people on it without black people turning it into a racial issue? You are accusing all of these actresses of being not talented and that black actresses are better and they only got their jobs because their skin color? Calling their skin color “pasty”?
    can you imagine the backlash if i called your skin “oily” or even “darky” or brought up how maybe you shouldnt wear black clothing at night because people cant see you in the street? YOU ARE RACIST. These actresses were obviously not being racist or even thinking about race when they did this photo shoot it is you black nazis who want to make it about race. Instead of creating a country that is equal for everyone, based on talent, you basically just want to reverse things to the days when black people were oppressed but make black people the ones who oppress white ones. Lets pass laws that say police can only not shoot black people, make it so if a black person needs a job they get it even if a white person is more qualified, and now lets have white people give up their positions to black people because of something their ancestors did. There is something called taking things too far. You black nazis are the most hypocritical people on the planet. Grow the fuck up.

  • RahxephonKun

    how is white women posing on a cover racist ? they werent even thinking about race when they did this photo shoot. This is a country of mostly whites and there can never be a photo shoot involving only white women without you black nazis automatically making it about race? That makes you guys the ones racist, because you make it about race when that wasnt even the intent. That is called hypocritical, which in turn is ignorant. Its like black people refuse to just put race behind us and NOT make things about the color of our skin, when that is exactly what you profess you want. That is THE EXACT DEFINITION OF BEING HYPOCRITICAL.

  • Geoffrey Barnes

    My comment was about Dave Levy’s judgemental comment. Not about the photo. Clearly you feel a certain way about race by your comment.