Producer shows the hilarious but tragic way Hollywood treats women
Producer Ross Putman got sick of seeing the way women in Hollywood are treated at castings – so he did something about it.
Putman, who has 22,000 Twitter followers (@femscriptintros), regularly tweets the descriptions of female roles in Hollywood film scrips.
While the descriptions are generally quite amusing, they also highlight a tragic reality about women’s roles.
Most focus on appearance, ignoring most other, if not all, other attributes, and many have sexist undertones.
Putman redacts each description, replacing the name of the characters with the name ‘Jane’, in order to protect the films from identification.
“It’s funny because you can easily point to the ridiculous ones that are just outrageously sexual,” Putman told the Washington Post, “but I think it’s more interesting to me to see how many of these have subtle misogyny in them.”
“We need more women writing scripts and directing movies,” Putman said. “Because any women reading these scripts would be appalled.”
Check out a selection of the most ridiculous descriptions below:
Click here to hear the shocking pay offer Gillian Anderson was made to reprise the role of Scully in 2016
X-Files star Gillian Anderson recently spoke about the gender pay gap, saying she was offered “half” the pay of David Duchovny for the show’s revival.
Anderson first stepped out on screen as Agent Dana Scully in the X-Files in September 1993.
Speaking in a recent interview with the Daily Beast, Anderson spoke of the fact that she was told to stand behind her co-star Duchovny, who plays Agent Fox Mulder in the cult series.
As well as being literally behind Duchovny on screen, she was also behind on pay, and said it took a few years before she was able to attain equal footing, and equal pay.
“I can only imagine that at the beginning, they wanted me to be the sidekick… Or that, somehow, maybe it was enough of a change just to see a woman having this kind of intellectual repartee with a man on camera, and surely the audience couldn’t deal with actually seeing them walk side by side!”
She laughed off the concept of Scully being a “sidekick”.
“I have such a knee-jerk reaction to that stuff, a very short tolerance for that shit… I don’t know how long it lasted or if it changed because I eventually said, ‘Fuck no! No!’ I don’t remember somebody saying, ‘OK, now you get to walk alongside him.’ But I imagine it had more to do with my intolerance and spunk than it being an allowance that was made.”
However the pay gap was not relegated to the 90s, and Anderson faced the same issue for a second time faced with negotiating pay for a six-part revival series set to debut this month.
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She said she was offered “half” of the pay of what they were offering to pay Duchovny.
Speaking to the Daily Beast, Anderson says she is shocked more people aren’t talking about her situation, given that pay inequality is a hot topic.
Although she was forced to go through a difficult conversation to get equal pay, she eventually agreed to return as Scully for the same money as Duchovny as Mulder.
Years after speaking out about having a relationship with a woman, actress Gillian Anderson last year said she thought she owed it to her to not keep their relationship a secret.