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Jessica Chastain Calls Out Cannes Films For Dismal Portrayal Of Women Characters

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Jessica Chastain concluded her time as a jury member of the 2017 Cannes Film Festival by speaking candidly about a trend she found “quite disturbing” after watching 20 films in 10 days.

“The one thing I really took away from this experience is how the world views women, from the female characters that I saw represented,” Chastain said during a press conference.

“And it was quite disturbing to me to be honest,” she continued.

Say that, @jes_chastain.

— Ava DuVernay (@ava) May 29, 2017

The star’s comments came after Sofia Coppola made history as the second woman ever to win Best Director at the coveted film festival.

Coppola was honored for her work directing “The Beguiled,” a remake of the 1971 Civil War drama about an injured Yankee soldier who seeks shelter at an all-girls boarding school in rural Virginia. The film stars Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, Oona Laurence, Angourie Rice and Colin Farrell.

The actress was quick to point out that there were some exceptions to what she saw. “But for the most part, I was surprised with the representation of female characters on screen in these films,” she added.

Chastain’s comments soon went viral, with more female leaders in the entertainment industry celebrating her candor.

YES @jes_chastain YESSSSSS. Thank you for using you voice so powerfully and effectively. ❤️

— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) May 30, 2017

I love @jes_chastain!!

— Alicia Malone (@aliciamalone) May 29, 2017

It takes courage to speak truth to power. Thank you @jes_chastain for speaking truth and representing the voices of millions!

— America Ferrera (@AmericaFerrera) May 30, 2017

The star concluded her remarks by calling for the festival to include more female filmmakers so the jury can watch women “that are proactive, have their own agency [and] don’t just react to the men around them.”

Chastain has been a vocal supporter for women in entertainment,speaking out about the gender wage gap that plagues the industry. In April, the “Zero Dark Thirty” star said in an interview with Variety that she no longer accepts roles unless she knows what the male stars are making.

“I’m not taking jobs anymore where I’m getting paid a quarter of what the male co-star is being paid,” she told Variety. “I’m not allowing that in my life.” In 2015, the actress said she made a fractionof what costar Matt Damon earned for their work in the Academy Award-nominated film, “The Martian.”

Watch Chastian’s full comments in the video above.

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George Takei Dismantles Racist, Sexist Criticism Of ‘Star Trek: Discovery’

CBS released a trailer earlier this month for its upcoming “Star Trek: Discovery,” the first television series in the franchise since “Star Trek: Enterprise” ended in 2005.

The trailer excited many fans, but it also led to a familiar anger, as many people decriedthe casting of Michelle Yeoh, an Asian woman, as the ship’s captain and Sonequa Martin-Green, a black woman, as the ship’s first officer.

The trailer for“Star Trek: Discovery”

“Enough with your racial and gender quotas Hollywood,” one commenter wrote. Many others wrote similar comments, much of it even more vile.

On Sunday,George Takei, who played the iconic character Hikaru Sulu in the original “Star Trek” series and multiple movies, joined MSNBC’s “AM Joy” to discuss the views of people who believe the Star Trek franchise is being tainted in an attempt to diversify the cast.

On the show, he quickly and swiftly dismantled the criticisms, exposing the critics as ignorant of the intentions of creator Gene Roddenberry.

“Today in this society we have alien life forms that we call trolls,” he said. “And these trolls carry on without knowing what they’re talking about and knowing even less about the history of what they’re talking about.”

“Now these so-called trolls haven’t seen a single episode of the new series, because it hasn’t been aired,” he continued. “And they don’t know the history of Star Trek [either] … [Star Trek creator] Gene Roddenberry created this with the idea of finding strength in our diversity ― and also the delight of life in diversity.”

He then added: “We had a guiding acronym ― IDIC ― which stood for infinite diversity in infinite combinations. We boldly went where we hadn’t gone before because we were curious about what’s out there. And when you go out into space you are going to have even greater diversity.”

During the interview,Takei also compared the ignorance of these “trolls” to the recent actions of President Donald Trump, whom he described as “ignorant” when it comes to issues of Japanese internment, which affected Takei’s family during WWII.

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