THR’s Actress Roundtable

Posted on November 20, 2012

And by that they mean “Thin White Actress Roundtable.” Le sigh. We suppose we should give them some props for including actresses over 40 and not putting them all in lingerie.

 

Helen Hunt, 49 (The Sessions); Rachel Weisz, 42 (The Deep Blue Sea); Marion Cotillard, 37 (Rust and Bone); Naomi Watts, 44 (The Impossible); Anne Hathaway, 30 (Les Miserables); Amy Adams, 38 (The Master, Trouble With the Curve); and Sally Field, 66 (Lincoln).

 

Naomi Watts
On her big break: “With Mulholland Drive, I was completely terrified working with David Lynch. I was going on years and years of auditions and being told I was too this, too that, not enough of this, not enough of that, to the point where I was so afraid and diluting myself into absolutely nothing — and then he just looked me in the eye and saw something. He just spoke to me and unveiled all those locked masks.”

 

Sally Field
On landing the role of Mary Todd Lincoln: “I fought like holy hell to get Lincoln,” Field said. “A little voice inside me said, ‘You’ll never do it, Field. You’ll never do it.’ And I have a problem with that little voice, because that little voice sometimes becomes my self-fulfilling prophecy.”

 

Amy Adams
Amy Adams said there are key differences between how men and women are treated in her line of work. “You’re told constantly that you have a ‘shelf life,’ and I don’t know that men are told that by the media, by other actors and other actresses,” she said.

 

Helen Hunt
Helen Hunt had to fight for her role in As Good as It Gets, which would win her an Oscar.
“I was too young, too blond, too on-a-sitcom, too utterly uninteresting for this part,” Hunt said. “I had spent many, many years where the director would want me but the studio wouldn’t. In this case, I had the reverse.”

 

Marion Cotillard
On the role that changed her life: “After La Vie en Rose, I started to feel the need to clean up some relationships, which was really weird. Suddenly, I needed to start fresh. Sometimes you go deep inside yourself, and I think it opens things inside of you.”

 

Rachel Weisz
Rachel Weisz (The Deep Blue Sea) mounted a campaign to be cast in The Constant Gardener, a role that would win her the best supporting actress Oscar and Golden Globe.
“I hounded the director. I called him a lot, and I wrote him a lot of letters. They were quite bold, basically telling him why I thought I was right to play the part,” she said. “That’s very un-British. But I dropped my British-ness and at the end of the day [director Fernando Meirelles] said that tenacity was right for the character.”

 

Anne Hathaway
Hathaway’s dream role is to tackle 18th century Russian ruler Catherine the Great.
“I’m reading a biography on her life right now, and it’s such a great story. It involves sex and the denial of sex, and she was so brilliant and there’s just so much vastness,” she said.

But hey, the dresses are pretty.

We get it: they all have big-deal projects out or coming out soon.  But if there really aren’t any actresses of color with big-deal projects out or coming out soon, then someone needs to ask why.

We’ll do it, then. Are there any big-deal projects coming out soon (say, within the next 3 months) with actresses of color or actresses over a size six? And why not? Isn’t this shit getting awfully old?

 

[Photo Credit: Joe Pugliese for The Hollywood Reporter]

    • charlotte

      But hey, they are older than 15. That’s something.
      (Oh, you actually mentioned that. But still.)

    • nancylee61

      Yes, it is getting old. I get so tired of the passive racism in our society, and the ageism, too. I wonder if it will ever change.

      • luciaphile

        Not in Hollywood. It sickens me.

      • Carly Warnock

        I love that you use the term passive racism. It’s so prevalent and I don’t think a lot of people even know it exists. 

        Also to those that mention Kerry Washington in Django Unchained… just saw the preview. Her part looks fairly minor, no heavy lifting for sure and she plays a slave so not really prime pickings here. 

        • http://promiscuouslola.com/ Cate

          It’s also called ambivalent racism. It’s basically where you don’t go out of your way to be racist to minorities, but you make the extra effort for a Caucasian person. It’s harder to combat because it’s harder to identify.

      • JosephLamour

        “I was too young, too blond…” YEAH CAUSE THATS A PROBLEM IN HOLLYWOOD HELEN HUNT 

        • http://www.facebook.com/mwwgrimm Mariah W Grimm

           To her credit, she kind of says that, albeit in a roundabout way. E.g., in the past she had not been young and blonde enough for the studio, and for AGAIG, she was too young and blonde (given the part). She didn’t say it very well, but I think that was the idea.

          • JosephLamour

            I know what she meant, but, her publicist should have said  “Oh nononono don’t print that.” LOL

    • sockandaphone

      these covers are always the same. it really sucks. yes the dresses are pretty but thanks for asking those questions, Tlo.

    • Ozski

      ‘Django Unchained’ with Kerry Washington (although she is easily a size 0, wet).  Quvenzhane Wallis, of “Beasts of the Southern Wild”. although she is just 9.

      • SpillinTea

        Great minds think alike ;)

      • kschwarting

        Salma Hayek got great reviews in “Savages” a few months ago, and she at least has some curves.

        • tereliz

          Yes, but Salma, like Halle Berry, is a household name at this point, and I doubt she has much trouble getting covers. Plus, there’s her gazillionaire fashion-mogul husband keeping her closely tied to the fashion industry when she’s not acting. 

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=751285857 Sally Brownson

            But everyone on this cover is a household name… she’d fit right in, wouldn’t she? Except that she isn’t white.

      • julnyes

        Is “Beasts of the Southern Wild” getting a wider release? I saw it at BAM in Brooklyn and loved it.

        • Ozski

           I think it has already come and gone, at least here in Boston!

    • Ozski

      Also, it would be lovely to see more older ladies up there like Helen Mirren, Judy Dench and Emmanuelle Riva, who are getting a bit of buzz too!

      • out for a walk

        YES! And Judi Dench and Naomie Harris could have both been on there – Skyfall just came out, and they are both fabulous.

        • http://twitter.com/annalizabet Anna Elizabeth

           It is seriously pissing me off that Naomie Harris is not getting more recognition for Skyfall. Like seriously.

          • sweetestsith

            Right? She’s young, HOT, talanted (imho) and slim, and had a decent. WTF?

    • SpillinTea

      Kerry Washington in Django Unchained. Obvious choice here.

    • Sobaika

      How undeniably boring and expected. This might as well be a Vanity Fair cover.

      • Tamara Hogan

        Hey, at least they’re wearing gowns, not lingerie and f*ck me shoes.

      • charlotte

         Wait, this is not a Vanity Fair cover?

    • Kenisha Hill Phillips

      Agreed on all counts.

    • http://aimeewrites.com AimeeWrites

      I love you guys.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1447060898 Lori Wade Miller

      Ok, A.  That’s not the actresses left to right.  And B. Some of you may not be old enough to remember Gidget and The Flying Nun, but Sally Field has come a LONG way since her early days.  I’m glad to see her on the cover, at least.  

      • Mary_Shelley

        You like me.  You really like me.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1447060898 Lori Wade Miller

           Yeah, that was unfortunate, lol!

          • Mary_Shelley

            So unfortunate!  That’s all I can see when I look at Sally Field.  Oh – and Sybil.  I was a kid and it still gives me the willies thinking of it ;)

            • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1447060898 Lori Wade Miller

               Sybil was a great movie for her, but yes, way creepy.

        • JosephLamour

          You know what’s funny? That’s a line from the movie she won for, and everyone missed the joke cause I guess no one watched the movie she won for. LOL.

          • roadtrip1000

            That’s right. It was a paraphrase from “Norma Rae”.

    • Vanja

      Kerry Washington will be in ‘Django Unchained’ (January 2013) although she’ll be playing a slave. I sadly can’t name an actress in a film in a modern setting.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Vienna-Marriott/100001636120960 Vienna Marriott

      I hope you guys are going to watch Liz n Dick!  

    • Sobaika

      I think your second point is the most interesting one – this award season, there aren’t many women of color or women above sample size in buzz-worthy roles. It took me forever to finally think of Kerry Washington and Django Unchained.

      • kschwarting

        Also, Viola Davis did have that public schools movie with Maggie Gyllenhaal not that long ago…it’s not getting any Oscar buzz, but it’s always a good thing to feature Viola.

        • Mike Owens

          Viola would have been a no-brainer here. 

    • SpillinTea

      They COULD have had Emayatzy Corinealdi from “Middle of Nowhere” up here as well, but unless you’re “Black” movie has Tyler Perry attached, these magazines won’t pay it any attention…

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Vienna-Marriott/100001636120960 Vienna Marriott

      And I think things like this are a passive response to the double standard of racism.  BET doesn’t have white actresses.  Ebony, Jet, etc.  The only way to break down racism and resentment is to force integration by all parties.  That means no more BET, Ebony, Jet unless they want to integrate other cultures as well.  

      • Sobaika

        Maybe I am misunderstanding your point, but I do not in any way think you can compare something like this to BET.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Vienna-Marriott/100001636120960 Vienna Marriott

          I think it’s a passive response to white actresses not being included in black magazines.  Which they are not.  And it’s ‘not racism”; but it definitely is.

          • Sobaika

            No. No no no no no no no no no. 

            • http://www.facebook.com/people/Vienna-Marriott/100001636120960 Vienna Marriott

              Agree to disagree.  :)

            • SassieCassy

              LMFAO WOW

            • http://twitter.com/project_pandora Rachel S.

              I’m as dumfounded as you are. 

              “BET is racism” … fucking, really?? 

            • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=805505 Steph Foster

              “Agree to disagree.” Translation: “Cuz I can’t argue this logically anymore.” Bravo T Lo for being so (typically) on the nose! Regardless of how you feel about race in America (and that’s a BIG regardless) the bottom line is, niche magazines have existed forever and THR is not a niche magazine in the same way. It claims to represent the Hollywood industry. Thus when it features an all white cover, that’s NOT representing the entire industry.

            • http://www.facebook.com/people/Elaine-Lang/100000366510311 Elaine Lang

               I agree with Sobaika to disagree with Vienna. 

              What the hell magazines are you talking about?   Do you really think that THR is trying to make up for the horror that poor Anne Hathaway experiences because she can’t get a JET cover?    REALLY?

            • http://www.facebook.com/people/Vienna-Marriott/100001636120960 Vienna Marriott

              I think it makes sense to conclude that the reason she can’t get a Jet cover is because Jet makes no attempt to market toward anyone but blacks.  That reinforces the idea of self-segregation in my opinion.  Why am I going to pick up a magazine and read it when it’s not marketed toward me?  There are definitely exceptions to the rule.  O magazine is fabulous at integrating every culture.  But all magazines have to follow suit or it just fosters the idea that we’re separate when the goal is for us all to be unified.

            • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

              There are magazines marketed to gays, to women, to men, and even to Irish-Americans, Italian-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, Jewish-Americans, etc, etc. Why are you so up in arms about one being marketed to African-Americans?

            • http://www.facebook.com/people/Vienna-Marriott/100001636120960 Vienna Marriott

              I don’t believe any of these “cultural” magazines foster a feeling of equality or unity.  I believe they self-segregate people and distract from the universal goal of living as one culture with race, sexual orientation and other factors not an issue.  That can’t happen with any race remaining apart from others or  supporting the idea of separation, in my opinion.

            • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

              But market-specific magazines – from Ladies Home Journal to OUT to Essence to Latina Magazine – are not designed to “foster a feeling of equality or unity.” They’re designed to appeal to a segment of the marketplace and they’re a concept as old as the magazine industry itself.

              And The Hollywood Reporter is not a market-specific magazine like the ones you’re decrying. It’s an industry magazine and it has a greater responsibility to represent the entirety of the industry. You’re comparing apples and oranges.

            • http://kburnell.livejournal.com/ burnell

               Okay, Arthur M. Schlesinger.  I get that you want to preach that we are “dis-uniting,” but you’re missing the point if you want to make “‘cultural’ magazines” the enemy here.  As TLo point out, you’ve got magazines for all sorts of markets, and not just along racial/sexual orientation/ethnic lines, including Cat Fancy or Star Wars Insider or whatever.  They are for readers who want to know more about cats, or Star Wars, etc.  They aren’t promoting the fragmentation of society any more than magazines for blacks, gays, men, etc.

              If multiculturalism is the enemy to unification, as you’ve suggested here, how exactly do you want to define what “unity” means?  By suggesting that The Hollywood Reporter is somehow justified in the logic of having all white actresses on the cover, because something like Jet exists, you’re missing the direction of causality.  According to your logic, the burden of unification is on Jet and Ebony, and not The Hollywood Reporter.  That’s like saying because the NAACP exists, the KKK is totally cool and justified.

              There are plenty of reasons to be concerned about multiculturalism’s effects on social fragmentation.  That’s a reasonable position to hold, but your reasoning here is completely backwards.

            • BrooklynBomber

              Like, like, like. And anybody who can throw in Arthur Schlesinger on fashion blog is tops in my book!

            • http://twitter.com/karolcooks karol collymore

              Thank you for saving me from my soap box although I will add: The reason for the existence of these magazines (Ebony, Essence, Latina) are because of the LACK of representation in mainstream magazines. I love Vogue, but I know that when they feature a hair product or style, there is a 99.5% chance that I will not be able to do that to my hair nor use that product. We have a right to have a reflective society. Until that happens, we have niche magazines.

              I would love your idea of utopia, Vienna. But as reflected by almost every magazine cover in my airport, TV show on my screen, and novels I read, we still have a while to go. 

            • poggi

               Actually there is a fair amount of research to the contrary.  When it comes to social and political groups, groups that represent the interests of specific subgroups provide a voice and presence for those interests (e.g., African-Americans,  Veterans, Disabled Americans) and their members feel more a part of the political system and society, not less.  While it is a common misconception that these groups encourage their members to view themselves separately and  create what some call “hyphenated-Americans”  the empirical evidence does not support this view.

            • hellomissmadeline

              Additionally, I’d like to add that part of the reason magazines like JET or Latina or a television channel like BET exists is because of the extreme lack of representation of the experiences of those groups in so-called mainstream culture. You are seeming to try and make the argument that something like BET  is racist because you find it exclusionary of whites, but what you fail to realize is how ridiculously exclusionary our culture is to people of color.  There is no need for a WET because most of TV is white entertainment television.

            • http://twitter.com/faville faville

              Exactly. JET isn’t racism, it’s a response to racism.

          • julnyes

            These magazines came into being because black people were not being represented in mainstream media. They exist because they fill an ongoing problem.

            • http://www.facebook.com/people/Vienna-Marriott/100001636120960 Vienna Marriott

              I don’t think the issue of black people being represented in the media still exists.  Just turn on MTV, pick up Rolling Stone, read Forbes.  There is plenty of representation.  The music industry is dominated by non-whites which is fine because that’s how the world wants it to be right now.  Beyonce, Jay Z, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Diana Ross, god I could go on forever,  J Lo, Swiss Beatz, Biggie.  God.  LOL  There is no real issue in black representation anymore in my opinion.

            • snarkykitten

               you are so naive, it hurts

            • http://www.facebook.com/people/Vienna-Marriott/100001636120960 Vienna Marriott

              Because I disagree with you, I’m naive?  Well thank you.  I didn’t know I wasn’t entitled to have an opposing view.  :)

            • Sobaika

              This has nothing to do with opposing viewpoints, I’m sorry. That you genuinely believe their is no real issue with black representation (or other minority groups, for that matter) really makes me question getting into this discussion with you in the first place. If we can’t even agree that there is a problem then there is really nowhere to go from here.

            • Barbara Adams

              It’s not just about views or opinions, it’s about the reality of how our institutions are structured. We can all have opinions, but the studies show (sorry, I am a sociologist who just came from having a similar conversation with some undergraduates) that our social institutions are biased–the media and film included. 

            • olsonam

               I would suggest the book “The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop” by Dan Charnas.  There is still a lot of racism in music.  For instance, your “extensive” list has no classical, country, indie, or rock and roll artists.

            • ChicaDificil

              Not sure if it’s naive or willful ignorance…

            • tereliz

              Obviously there is a huge difference in the movie and music industries, which is apparent in your example. So many more people have a say in whether or not a movie gets made than whether or not an album gets recorded. The overhead is drastically lower and less money is spent on publicity. If the album fares poorly, less money is lost than if a movie tanks. Which speaks to the risks that white Hollywood executives feel they are taking by supporting a movie featuring actors of color. 

              Just like the old publishing myth that “black people don’t buy books” [which is still alive and well. guh.], it’s a common belief that white people won’t watch movies with black people in major roles unless it’s a “white man’s burden” movie like The Help. :(

              So, it is an issue. If it weren’t, there wouldn’t be so many bitter kittens trying to convince you otherwise. 

            • http://www.facebook.com/people/Vienna-Marriott/100001636120960 Vienna Marriott

              I do agree with that.  But most people of all races don’t buy books.  And I do believe we have a ways to go before we can all put the horrors of the past behind us.  So yes; that’ is correct.  I didn’t ever hear of The Hollywood Reporter before today, so maybe it’s a dinosaur in need of extinction.  Or maybe my ideas are wrong.  I’m open to listening to every side but I’m always going to be in favor of unity and equality.  And I know people of all cultures resent being excluded from the party, so to speak.  Gays in movies, black women in movies, etc.  Sucks.  So let’s just not buy magazines that don’t have a color wheel in every cover.  :)

            • MilaXX

               Say what now? Diana Ross is all but retired and has been for years, and you’re really scraping the bottom of the barrel when you have to site a rapper who’s been dead for 10 years as an example of diversity.

            • J. Preposterice

              next you’re going to be telling us to get rid of black history month, instead of getting rid of white history eleven months.

              hint: one of those things is the problem, and the other ain’t. 

            • Leslie Streeter

               And they still aren’t. Obviously.

          • Mary_Shelley

            Until white women get really upset about not being in the cover of BET, I’m pretty sure it’s not racism.

          • http://twitter.com/rinceya Rincey

            You think that THR and Vanity Fair only put white people on their cover as a response to them not being included in black magazines? Honey, it is the other way around.

            The reason why white actresses are not included in “black magazines” is because they get EVERY OTHER MAGAZINE IN THE COUNTRY. If it weren’t for magazines like Ebony or Jet, POC would only get a couple of covers a year, with most of those going to only a handful of people [Denzel, Halle Berry, Will Smith].

            I’m not 100% blaming the magazine, it is the industry too. As shown by the other comments, there are only one or two actresses of color who are even starring in movies that could be considered on the same level as these women featured.

          • ChicaDificil

             Um no… this is not a a passive response to anything, this is the status quo!  BET, Ebony, Jet, etc. exist because there were no significant spaces for black actresses and actors on t.v. and magazines, black actors and actresses were not included, and BET, etc. was a response to the structural, institutionalized racism that is still pervasive in the entertainment industry and in all aspects of society.  So no, these magazine covers are not a response to anything and the comparison is laughable and offensive.

            • harlowish

               Exactly!  There’s no WET because *every other channel* is WET.

          • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

             Since when is The Hollywood Reporter a “white magazine?”

          • Maine1ac

            It’s probably more accurate to say that Jet and Ebony are a response to the more established, “mainstream” magazines not representing people of color in proportion to their numbers and influence.

          • http://twitter.com/graceishuman Grace

            I’m guessing you’re not referring to your extensive collection of black magazine subscriptions as the basis for this sweeping assertion. It’s completely false that white actors aren’t included in black magazines. Beyond that, black magazines and other media that primarily features people of color exist in part as a response to the widespread whitewashing and racism of mainstream media. Are those of us who are of color simply to have no media that regularly depicts us? That was a rhetorical question.

          • BrooklynBomber

            What?!?

      • Rand Ortega

         Double standard of racism? When have whites in this country been subject to slavery, lynching, Jim Crow, internment, land displacement or genocide, let alone the example shown in this cover of The Hollywood Reporter? The reason BET, Ebony et al exist is because the mainstream white market’s continued racism throughout the generations, not the other way around. When the market, which is run by a predominantly white corporate oligarchy,  presents this country’s cultural diversity, perhaps there won’t be a need for minority centric media.
        PS: BET does have white actresses in “The Game”, “Girlfriends”, etc.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Vienna-Marriott/100001636120960 Vienna Marriott

          I’m not saying in the past it hasn’t been necessary, but in order to fully embrace equality no side can be allowed to segregate one another at all.  It builds resentment.  I’m not saying it’s right, but it’s human nature.

          • SassieCassy

            did you not just refer to mags like essence and ebony partaking in racism like two comments above

            • http://www.facebook.com/people/Vienna-Marriott/100001636120960 Vienna Marriott

              I don’t think having magazines or shows or movies exclusively showcasing any one race is right, period.  Don’t misconstrue my words.  Thank you.

            • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

               So why are you defending this magazine for having an all-white cover?

            • warontara

              I admire your commitment to your ignorance.

          • Mary_Shelley

            So your argument is that while blacks may not be represented in mainstream media, but they should suck it up so as not to build resentment.  Huh.  

          • http://profiles.google.com/ruthieoo Ruthie O

            It’s not about “sides.” It’s about representation, power and access, things that lead to very real, material consequences in the lives of women of color.

            • http://www.facebook.com/people/Vienna-Marriott/100001636120960 Vienna Marriott

              I read Forbes, Rolling Stone, Vogue, Bazaar, W, O and others and I see an equal mix of people of color with white people at all times.  Just because one cover lacks a black woman it means it’s racist?  Really?  

            • MilaXX

              oh you get those special issues cause damned if I see equal representation.

            • Rand Ortega

              How many THR covers have featured African American actresses? Or any actress of color? Particularly their Actress Roundtable which is done yearly?

            • J. Preposterice

              This is making me think about all the research that shows that if there are more than a few people of color (or more than a few women) in a room, they are perceived (usually by whites or men) as being a majority of the people in that room.  And if those under-represented groups manage to speak more than around 20% of the time, they are perceived as dominating the conversation.

              Which is to say: I really, really, really doubt you are actually seeing equal representation in those magazines.  I read them, too, and I call horse puckey.

          • Wellworn

            That’s weird, my human nature isn’t resentful at all.  The ones who seem to be resentful are the ones who have been in the majority and resent the non-majority for embracing their culture.  Isn’t our world a wonderful place because of all the differences in cultures and people?  How boring it would be if everyone were the same.  We can be different and celebrate our differences through magazines, etc. but still equal.  You are saying that magazines that represent different cultures are segregating, but they are not.  They are just something representing a group of people.  THR is supposed to represent an industry and this cover doesn’t represent the variety of actresses that are in the industry.

          • Rand Ortega

            Who does it build resentment in? How does that translate to an all white cover like THR’s? Who is making that decision to cater to a “resentment”?

            I bet you believe President Obama won re-election because he promised “gifts” to blacks & Hispanics, too, huh?

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Vienna-Marriott/100001636120960 Vienna Marriott

          Furthermore, Irish, German, Italian, Polish, Spanish and Russian immigrants who are white have been persecuted and subjugated.  Where does it end?  Do we allow people eternal access to special rights or must we as a society say “ok; bad things happened.  Let’s move on toward equality”?

          • Sarah Thomas

            Let me guess. “You don’t see race,” right?

            • NinaBoo

              Nailed it, Sarah Thomas!

          • julnyes

            Bad things are happening still.

          • Sobaika

            I’m going to ignore you bringing in the historical discrimination of immigrants into this. That issue is very real and also irrelevant. You cannot compare and quantify forms of oppression. Treatment of Irish immigrants is different than slavery. Treatment of Irish immigrants is different than today’s immigration debate, due in large part of racialization of said groups. You can not discuss them the same way.

            So. As to your other points. BET and the like cannot be compared to something like the Hollywood Reporter. They were born out of a historical reaction to mainstream media. THR is the mainstream, and through their covers, helps perpetuate what is given popular and critical consideration. This is not an antiquated belief. I read Allure and Marie Claire, and they feature a mere handful of models and contributors of color and do not address concerns such as black hair. There is a need and a market for such magazines. Furthermore I would also say that something like BET has transitioned beyond a race-based reaction into more of a cultural one. Its audience includes black, Latino, and other populations of color, as Rand Ortega mentioned they do include white actresses in their productions, and I remember they used to play artists like Eminem and Robyn. There is no white equivalent for BET because, why would there be? What would White Entertainment Television consist of? What is white culture – is it country music? Lady Gaga? Led Zeppelin? I would put for that there is no such thing. Your points makes as much sense to me as someone arguing for the translation of Telemundo into English.

            Finally, this ‘let’s move on because we’re all the same there’s no race except the human race nonsense’ seems like some college freshman pipe dream. We are not there yet. We are not likely to be there for a very long time.

            • tereliz

              Led Zep can’t even really be called “white music” (sounds horribly rcist, doesn’t it, white folks? maybe people ought to think about that before they call something “black xxxx”?) since they were influenced more by the great blues masters, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, etc., than by the Celtic music that makes an occasional appearance in their music. 

              Or, to quote Homer Simpson, “There goes Jimmy Page, the greatest thief of black music to ever walk the earth.”

            • Sobaika

              I am quite happy someone pointed this out :D I had this whole bit about the roots of popular American music and folklore but it was a bit of a derail and removed it.

            • tereliz

              LOL, I can imagine that would have been quite a derail. There’s just so much vastness… ;)

            • Rand Ortega

              God, I love you.

            • tereliz

              MWAH!

            • http://twitter.com/Alloyjane Alloy Jane

              Hah!  That’s exactly what I was thinking of when I saw Led Zep mentioned.  “In My Time of Dying” anyone?  Also, I absolutely cannot believe that the rest of the posts in this bizarre conversation even have to happen, but I love you all for making those wonderful points and arguing with a totally out-of-touch 12 year old.

            • SassieCassy

              this is so perfect i love you that is all

          • BrooklynBomber

            SPECIAL RIGHTS??!?!!?!  WHAT SPECIAL RIGHTS ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?!?!?!!!  Are you talking about legislating EQUAL RIGHTS? That’s not special, believe me. The very fact that it’s necessary to advocate for and in some cases legislate equality means we have not “moved on.” I get that you want a society where all are treated equally, but wanting doesn’t make it so.

            • http://kingderella.tumblr.com/ kingderella

              not just special rights, but “eternal access to special rights.”

            • BrooklynBomber

              Yes….that “we” grant. Who is “we”?

      • MilaXX

         oh hells no! One of the main reason why BET, Ebony, JET, Univision, etc… exist is because someone wanted to see something besides the blonde blue eyed rhetoric that Hollywood thrust upon us. This cover is a prime example of why they need to exist.

      • http://www.tumblr.com/tumblelog/lastbutnotleast janinedm

        I’ll give it a try (and exactly one). BET was founded in 1980. Popular cinema can be traced back to the early 20th Century. If the perennial absence in Black actresses is “a passive response to the double standard of racism,” then how do we account for the many decades where Black actresses only played maids? Or where the roles Black characters in Show Boat or Imitation of Life were given to White actresses? A pre-emptive passive response to the double-standard of racism? Even if we say that those times are past, then how does a single basic cable network’s supposed embargo on white people make up for the relative absence of Black people, particularly leading roles in film?

      • shawnhunter

        There isn’t a “double standard of racism.” Racism towards white people or “reverse racism” isn’t a thing that actually exists. Racism = prejudice + power. In the society we live in, whites have power; they have a kind of privilege that POC don’t. White people can suffer discrimination, but they can’t suffer racism. And your comment that black people being represented in the media isn’t an issue anymore is seriously misguided. I’m going to advise that you educate yourself on this topic because you’re clearly not informed.

      • tereliz

        See, I don’t think it’s a passive response at all. I think it’s looking around through the lens of white privilege. 

        These articles are usually put together by more than one person, so THR has the onus of either being unable to come up with actresses of color who are high-profile enough, or they just didn’t notice that they had an all-white cover. Not passive anything, just willful ignorance at best, or—at worst—they didn’t care that there was no ethnic diversity on the cover. 

      • http://kingderella.tumblr.com/ kingderella

        you are, simply put, WRONG about this.

        one does not make racism go away by simply pretending it doesnt exist.
        pretending racism doesnt exist only makes racism go away FOR WHITE PEOPLE.

        your comment makes me emotional (read: pisses me the hell off), so maybe im not hitting the most constructive tone…
        but please DO read up on this subjet.

        • Lauren Hall

          Also, because white people have privilege we cannot experience racism. We can experience prejudice, but not racism, because society is not fundamentally against us. Just an important distinction.

          • sweetestsith

             I’ve never heard it explained that way, but it makes a whole lot of sense. Thanks for sharing!

      • harlowish
    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Julie-Chase/731391326 Julie Chase

      Django Unchained-get some Kerry Washington up in here!

    • tereliz

      “But if there really aren’t any actresses of color with big-deal projects out or coming out soon, then someone needs to ask why.”
      WHY?!!!

      I know The Man with the Iron Fists isn’t going to win any awards, but Lucy Liu has been killing it lately. I’d love to see her in a shoot like this. Plus Kerry Washington in Django Unchained… But I guess if you look at those roles, Washington playing a slave, and Liu playing a madame, and both historicals, it’s obvious how limiting roles for women of color are in the privileged pov of white Hollywood. 

      I remember reading an interview with Viola Davis saying she was glad she didn’t win the Oscar for The Help, since she’d like to win for a role where she’s not a domestic or a drug addict. She’s played enough of those. :(

    • Cory Stottlemyer

      Kerry Washington would have been perfect with Django Unchained coming out soon. Even Viola Davis for that teacher movie, or quvenzhané wallis for beasts of the southern wild. Also, Sally Field looks amazing and I can’t believe she’s not in her 50s let alone encroaching on her goddamn 70s

      • Sobaika

        I forgot about that teacher movie. It looks like a Lifetime special, but I’m hoping Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal will elevate it.

      • MilaXX

         Django Unchained looks to be really good.

    • decormaven

      What do they do at a roundtable? Is there an agenda? Or is this just an excuse to take a purty picture? Why is there a swing? And why does Marion Cotillard get to sit in it? 

      • Ozski

         The roundtables are actually pretty interesting. The actors discuss the challenges they face, experiences, auditioning nightmare stories, etc..They usually post a video of the roundtable on The Hollywood Reporter website and it is normally an hour long. They usually post Best Actor and Television Nominees roundtables too. They are pretty entertaining (depending on who contributes).

        • decormaven

          Thanks. This was more of a musing, particularly faced with the hard questions posed by TLo. 

      • another_laura

        And why is it so low to the ground?  ;-)

      • Guest

        Thanks. This was more of a musing, particularly faced with the hard questions posed by TLo. 

    • http://profiles.google.com/ruthieoo Ruthie O

      I “love” how not only are all these women white, some are actually complaining about how hard it was to get roles. Seriously? Just last week, I was reading an obituary of Lupe Ontiveros, a Latina actress who played a maid in 150 different films. Despite her talent, she was never considered for ANY of these roles. So, sorry, I can’t muster up any sympathy for the plights of blonde hair/blue eyes bombshells in Hollywood.

      • anotherkate

         I don’t know…I hesitate to deny the problems of one minority group (women) just because another minority group has bigger problems. Someone always has a bigger problem (god help you if you’re a gay woman of color from a third-world country, for example!)

        • julnyes

          I see both sides. A part of me wants me to say, “Oh cry me a river Helen Hunt you poor oppressed soul” while I play the world’s smallest violin. Buuut …. it is actually hard to be a working actor struggling under constant arbitrary rejection and ageism is an absolute thing in Hollywood.

        • http://profiles.google.com/ruthieoo Ruthie O

          True, no one wants to play the oppression Olympics! At the same time, the history of American feminism reveals a long-standing tradition of white women ignoring, overlooking, and at times even promoting the exclusion of women of color, and it’s disappointing to see it continue into the 21st century. I would be so happy if we ever heard of a white actress using her privilege for good and refusing to do such an editorial that promotes a white-washed definition of “actress.”

          • greyhoundgirl

            Not that I disagree with you (I don’t) it just struck me as amusing that you mention feminism as if it had something to do with The Hollywood Reporter.  But yes–I understand and agree with your point. 

            • http://profiles.google.com/ruthieoo Ruthie O

              Ha! Touché!

      • http://twitter.com/project_pandora Rachel S.

        “Oh my gosh, you guys, being pretty and thin and white is SO HARD. I had to write LETTERS to the director. He didn’t just hand it to me on a silver platter. The nerve!”

    • Puck Thornton

      It’s bland, isn’t it? I look at the picture, but there is nothing that holds my attention. All pretty, all pink, all photoshopped, all BORING.

    • VioletFem

      Kerry Washington
      Viola Davis
      Octavia Butler
      Lucy Liu
      Zoe Saldana

      And that was just off the top of my head. They all have projects that have come out or are coming out this year/early next year. There’s no reason why they couldn’t have included at least one of these actresses or anyone that I’ve surely overlooked. 

      • tereliz

        Octavia Butler
        LOL, you mean Octavia Spencer. It’s a common mistake. When are they making a movie of KINDRED?!!

        • julnyes

          I kinda want to see a movie made of Fledgling, but that is HIGHLY unlikely!

          • tereliz

            I don’t think America is ready for “Let the Right One In” meets Lolita. ;)

            • julnyes

              Oh not at all! Though its pacing is really perfect for a movie I probably would be too uncomfortable to watch it myself :)

        • Sue_Asponte

          Thank you! I so love Octavia Butler. Parable of the Sower is always in the back of my mind. 

          • minnye

            Of all the writers I love, she is on the top shelf. I have quotes from the Parable books on the wall above my desk.

        • IMNAngryLiberal

          I adored Octavia Butler and was sooo sad when she died.  I keep hoping for an HBO mini-series of Wild Seed (just don’t think they could do justice to the scope of that book with a movie).

        • J. Preposterice

          zomg I want Viola Davis to star in that

        • VioletFem

          Oh my goodness yes! I meant Spencer not Butler. I’ve made this same mistake before. On a side note, a film based on any of her books would be really awesome. I’m surprised Hollywood hasn’t yet tried to film one of her books.

    • alyce1213

      This cover is woefully lacking actresses of color, but I can’t fault any of the choices they did make — all solid, accomplished women who are in currently hot projects. Nonetheless, it is a glaring omission and they should be called out for it.
      Sally Field and Helen Hunt (the two eldest) look amazing — the best!  
      I hate Anne Hathaway’s dress but she looks adorable anyway.

    • tereliz

      I’m not really wild about any of these dresses, either, though the make-up is soft and lovely. The dresses are all kind of meh. 

    • leave_Blake_alone

      But one is over 60! And another has short hair! PROGRESS, PEOPLE!!!

    • ladywholikesbrainymen

      Ummnn.. Halle Berry in Cloud Atlas?  Hello?

    • Eva_baby

      Shit,  Halle Berry played six people in one movie and  one of them was an old Chinese man.  

      • Sobaika

        The one instance in which I’m pleased that a movie starring women of color and/or Tom Hanks came and went without so much as a whisper.

    • leave_Blake_alone

      on a more serious note, Halle Berry just had Cloud Atlas (even thought it flopped, it was a “big-deal movie”) and she’s an Oscar winner, she could have made the cut.

    • filmcricket

      Not that Halle Berry is lacking in attention or cover photos, but she’s in “Cloud Atlas” and talked at TIFF about how exciting it was to get to play in a period piece where she wasn’t playing a slave. So she could have been an option here. Agreed with the other choices people mentioned, too.

    • http://www.ellenciompi.com/ NurseEllen

      Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone?  Isn’t that coming out soon?  And I know there were “issues” with her casting since she’s not as ethnic looking as Simone was, and there was bitching about how she was decked out in a prosthetic nose, but still…..   (Yes, I know she’s definitely NOT under a size 6, too.)

      I do love you guys for calling the press out when they deserve it.

      • Lochery

         Wait, there’s a movie about Nina Simone coming out soon? You just made my day!

        • MilaXX

          don’t get too happy, it looks like utter crap

          • Lochery

            Really? :( Oh well…

          • BrooklynBomber

            Haha. You kill me!

      • http://twitter.com/Alloyjane Alloy Jane

        If by “not as ethnic looking as Simone was” you mean, “is not an African-American woman even remotely representative of Nina Simone” then sure.  Oh, and the bitching wasn’t so much about the nose prosthesis so much as the fact that Zoe was in black face.  If that’s not something to be up in arms about, then what is?

    • StellaZafella

      2 words: Viola Davis

    • MilaXX

      *SIGH*
      Some days the soap box is just too high to climb up on. Whatever Hollywood.

    • Sarah Thomas

      I believe all of Hollywood’s size diversity boxes are currently being ticked by The Hobbit.

      • formerlyAnon

        Good one.

    • Watts

      She’s not the lead, but Naomie Harris probably just had her breakthrough role in Skyfall.  Speaking of which, Judi Dench was GREAT in Skyfall and I’d have loved to see her on the cover, even if she is white.

      • julnyes

        Naomie Harris is amazing! She is talented and intelligent and witty and lovely!

        She is on my “Brits I Adore” list.

        • Snailstsichr

           And it looks like she is set to be in more Bond movies. (hope that isn’t a spoiler)

          • julnyes

            I’m not a Bond fan, so spoilers are not an issue for me :) Her character arc is the only one I am fully aware of and I haven’t seen the movie yet.

    • Sarah Thomas

      Melissa McCarthy is going to be in This is 40. I’m betting she plays a kindhearted doctor. 

    • Joyce VG

      Hey Hathaway is wearing the dress KStew got all kinds of grief for. It’s still not a great dress on her either.  At least these actresses have some talent.  But yeah…color and size issues continue…

      • http://kingderella.tumblr.com/ kingderella

        yeah, i recognized it, too…
        the dress still looks amazing from the back and like armpit-mold from the front.

      • bookish

         THANK YOU, I was wondering who it was that also wore that odd, skeleton dress.

    • another_laura

      Anne Hathaway’s comment about Catherine the Great made me giggle:  “… and she was so brilliant and there’s so much vastness….”  I really hope that her full sentence was edited down to this byte because this makes her sound vaguely stupid.  Vastness – in Russia? in Catherine’s intellect? her waistline? her budget? in space?  Inquiring minds want to know what Ms. Hathaway is thinking.

      • tereliz

        That quote made me LOL, too, especially since I assumed Anne was smart enough to come up with a better quote! 

      • snarkalicious

        Oh my God, I had the same exact reaction.  “So much vastness”?  Sometimes I think celebrities must cringe when they go back and read their interviews.  Embarrassing. 

        • editrixie

          I don’t know that most of them are intelligent enough to cringe at their remarks.

      • BrooklynBomber

        “so much vastness” haha!
        Heaps of much.A great deal of an awful lot.

    • Hannah Katz

      If Anne Hathaway ever plays Catherine the Great, I will scream. Hell no!

    • Sweetvegan

      “Are there any big-deal projects coming out soon (say, within the next 3 months) with actresses of color or actresses over a size six? And why not? Isn’t this shit getting awfully old?” Thank you, TLo! You’re the bitchy gay uncles with hearts of gold. When are they going to make *that* movie?!

    • kimmeister

      I like how they take the youngest one of the lot, and decide to show us her buttcheeks.  Nice.  [rolls eyes]

    • vinrouge15

      Kerry Washington is tearing it up on Scandal and she’s in Djano Unchained. Good job, THR. Go look around, JUST A LITTLE BIT.

      But, I like Marion’s dress and not so much Naomi’s. 

      • tereliz

        LOVE Scandal! (and kerry’s entire wardrobe on said show!!)  

        Highly recommended. And I love how that show manages to have a multi-racial cast and not have everything be about race. Unless it IS about race, and is important. KWIM? 

        Two words. Guillermo. Diaz. I had no idea he was such a good actor when he’s not playing a drug dealer or a burn-out. (another example of the limited roles for people of color in Hollywood)

        Plus the actor who plays Harrison is DEAD SEXY. 

        • pop_top

          I love it too. And I don’t watch Private Practice, but I have to give Shonda Rhimes props for the multi-racial casts she uses in her shows. I would imagine that for Scandal, as with Grey’s, that casting for most of the roles was based on who performed best.

    • ChiKat67

      Viola Davis has no fewer than 4 projects in post production scheduled for 2013 release, Also Zoe Saldana, Kerrie Washington, Naomi Harris, Penelope Cruz, Salma Hayek, Michelle Yeoh.  Notice none of the women listed is above a size 4. That’s the other issue with Hollywood.  Just as we can only have one African American male superstar, there can only be 1-2 plus sized women.   

      • tereliz

        “…there can only be 1-2 plus sized women”

        And they can only be comic actresses. Because fat people make thin people laugh, but can’t make them cry.  *eyeroll*

    • http://www.hilonwheels.blogspot.com hilonwheels

      Yes! Thanks SO much for saying that!

    • MaryanneGirl

      True observations in the order they occurred when opening this before reading any copy:  *they look pretty! *they’re all white! *hey, they’re not all 20-something! *GET OFF MY SCREEN, ANNE HATHAWAY. *God they’re skinny. *I weigh more than all of them combined. *I want some biscuits. 

      Sidenote: what has Helen Hunt done to her face? I don’t mean this with any disrespect – but is it a combination of work and/or natural order of things? I honestly didn’t recognize her at first.

      • http://twitter.com/Alloyjane Alloy Jane

        They photoshopped that bajesus out of her face.  TLo showed her here recently and she has not had any work done, or at least none I could notice.

        • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

          Yeah, it’s not that she’s had work done; it’s that she’s allowed herself to age naturally. That many people don’t know what to make of an actress approaching 50 who has eyes like most women do when they approach 50 is a commentary on just how much we’ve normalized the extreme youth-pursuit inherent in celebrities.

          We’re not claiming she’s never had any work done, but she clearly hasn’t had her eyes done.

          • MaryanneGirl

            Yes, I can tell her eyes are natural and beautiful – her cheekbones were what seemed different to me. It’s most certainly her face and her decision to do anything she wants to do! I was just curious…haven’t seen a recent picture of her in a while. :) 

          • http://twitter.com/Alloyjane Alloy Jane

            Funny you mention the eyes, as that’s the only part of her face in that picture that to me is distinctively Helen Hunt.  To me, the weirdness comes from the way they airbrushed her cheeks and especially her forehead.  Whatever they’ve done has definitely given her an alien quality that you don’t see in normal pictures.  I’ll be expecting the emergence of an alien life form any day now.

    • thesevenendless

      Oh Mr. Weinstein, Annie really wants that Oscar; she actually WORE your wife’s ugly lace skeleton/Goth peekaboo tablecloth dress on a magazine cover to be viewed by the public, so you should probably do her a solid and start swaying the Academy voters.  I’m just saying….

      • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

        AND she cut her hair off for the part, too!!!

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

      Damn right it’s getting old and thank you for calling it out.

    • Leslie Streeter

       Vienna, the whole point of their objection is that a trade magazine features an “actress roundtable” and doesn’t include one of color, any color other than white. And Vanity Fair insists on including black actresses from most of its covers. That is the point. The problem is not solved. That is why you are naive. Or willfully blind. actresses

      • Leslie Streeter

         And I meant “excluding.” Sorry.

    • http://www.tumblr.com/tumblelog/lastbutnotleast janinedm

      Also, that whole BET thing derailed me from the point I wanted to make. I couldn’t say this when Kristen Stewart wore the dress to the Snow White & the Huntsman premiere, because I didn’t want to pile on, but now that the less controversial Anne Hathaway is wearing it I can say that it’s hideous. I’m sure the lace is beautiful up close, but in pictures it looks like there’s some sort of underarm growth.

    • altalinda

      I agree 100% with your point on the whiteness.  On the other hand, it really is something that the youngest actress is 30 and so many are in their 40s, given the rampant agism in Hollywood and the magazine world.

      • Leslie Streeter

         You’re right. But the willful whiteness of it all ruins it for me. Hopefully not for others. But for me.

    • carolie_king

      I’m probably the only one who feels this way, but Sally bugs me.  I know she’s supposed to be this powerhouse actress, but I don’t see it… she seems the same in every role to me.  Looking forward to possibly changing my mind when I see Lincoln

      • Judy_J

        If you can find it, check out the made for TV movie “Sybil” (1976) with Sally Field in the title role. 

        • twocee

          I second that recommendation.  Fantastic movie.

        • Mary_Shelley

          Yes – disturbing and still etched in my memory from when I was 10.

        • greyhoundgirl

          I agree–and I still remember the last (at least I think it was the last–she is in her bedroom) scene, which was corny, but heartbreaking.

      • formerlyAnon

        I am expecting her to be good as Mrs. Lincoln, who was a very traditional woman of her time in some ways, but strong willed beneath the socially acceptable veneer, and who struggled to keep what is usually portrayed as chronic mental illness from taking over her life.  I hope I’m not disappointed.

    • MoHub

      One photo of Helen Mirren proudly displaying her crow’s feet is worth all these altered faces put together.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/OTQJ42KMU5ORSQGWFSMDO47GIY Taniae

      I disagree on the at least the dresses are pretty. That Marchesa on Anne Hathaway was bad in May when kristen Stewart wore it and its bad now. 

    • http://twitter.com/LopezMolly Molly Lopez

      Kerry Washington in Django Unchained

    • Imasewsure

      And the pictures are also bland and fairly unflattering

    • Vera L-

      I’m sure Sally had work, but she looks great and recognizable. Helen Hunt looks terrific as well. I agree that this entire piece needs color.

    • Mary229

      My first thought when I saw this was….where is Kerry Washington?  Her exclusion seems almost painfully obvious. She’s had some really interesting commentary on Django Unchained.  I like all of these women.  I really, really like Amy Adams and Rachel Weisz.  I think Amy Adams is long overdue an Oscar and classy as hell.   But I wanted to see Kerry Washington included here.

    • Mary_Shelley

      I do love in the group photo that Sally just looks happy to be there without the affectation of every one else…smiling away as any of us would for our family photo shot.

    • http://kingderella.tumblr.com/ kingderella

      is this just about upcoming films, or do recent ones also count? do they have to have lead-roles? because: Naomi Harris, in Skyfall.

    • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

      Bless you, boys.

    • nannypoo

      You need a shovel to read their comments, but they all look great.

    • unbornfawn

      I’m kinda astonished that they are not all blondes.

    • http://twitter.com/Alloyjane Alloy Jane

      I could hug you for that <3

    • http://kingderella.tumblr.com/ kingderella

       omg that blog is hilarious!

      Q: Is it wack that I always ask, “What up, dogg?” to my cat?
      A: It really doesn’t matter.

    • ccm800

      Amen. This shit and a lot of shit in our American Culture is getting old. And shitty. 

    • http://twitter.com/E__Hunter Elizabeth Hunter

      Love you for asking why.

    • Judih1

      this is reason number #165 why I like TLO. You challenge the status quo. You notice the absence of people of color in Hollywood (and you make sure your RC posts include people of color). Wish you guys ran the world instead of just the fashion blogoshere

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=535548244 Kim Baker Vidas Davey-Irvin

      this is The Way Things Are.  well, this, and what the actresses said in their interviews, particularly about the “shelf life.”  i said something in protest recently in a group of people, and one of the guys laughed and said, “hey, at least we don’t shoot you here for wanting to go to school.”  what a riot.

      • tereliz

        “one of the guys laughed and said, “hey, at least we don’t shoot you here for wanting to go to school.”  what a riot.”

        #sorryfeminists

    • quiltrx

      They did a really good job of actually making the ladies look elegant instead of cheap.

      And I think they got a variety of acting (and fashion) styles in the group, which is something.  But the variety could be SO much wider!

      And I don’t want actresses added just for the sake of their race, ethnicity, or size.  I want them added because they are TALENTED and deserve the attention these covers command!

      • http://howtofaint.tumblr.com/ How to Faint

        Huh. What an odd thing to say. It seems to imply that you think that if an actress is a woman of color or size (or god forbid, both!), then her landing a cover like this would be first and foremost and possibly even only because of her color and/or size. Do you think actresses like Viola Davis, Melissa McCarthy, Adepero Oduye are untalented and undeserving? None of them were featured on this cover and it sure as hell wasn’t because of a lack of talent or because they somehow didn’t “deserve” the attention. No, it’s not a lack of talented women of color and/or size that’s the problem here but the attitudes of editors and consumers who only want to see a certain kind of blandly attractive, sickly thin white face gazing blankly at them from the pages of their magazines.

        • quiltrx

          Maybe I stated my point poorly.  You’re essentially re-making my point, so I must have.  Re-read my last sentence, which was my whole point.

          And, in the often-too-shallow world of fashion and celebrity, I DO worry that a “filling the quota” mindset (like so often happens in the real world) would be the main reason for more unique-looking actresses’ inclusion, sadly.

    • http://cheekypinky.wordpress.com/ Rebecca

      Seriously. It’s annoying. :(

    • formerlyAnon

      Yes. It’s the Vanity Fair piece in slinky dresses rather than lingerie was my first thought. (Though Ms. Hathaway’s edges over that line.)

      I say props for them & their publicists & maybe even Hollywood Reporter for eschewing the girls-in-lingerie-pillow-fight imagery.  I suppose once the consumer-age population of the nation is majority “of color” we will see a few more brown-ish faces, a few asian, a few stunningly conventionally beautiful multi racial mixes. But I doubt they’ll be many dark brown anytime soon.

      It’s wrong. It’s the pipeline issue [e.g. if young talent isn't nurtured it isn't there as mature talent] and the how-do-we-conceptualize-what-we’re-doing-here issue and frankly, I think it’s a lot worse that the science & technology professions have the same problem that the entertainment industry does.

      Though the entertainment industry problem probably does more to depress the aspirations of American young women as a whole.

    • BrooklynBomber

      Oh, my god–I’m hooked!

    • http://twitter.com/amndad amanda lynn

      helen’s photo looks like a glamour shot.

      • http://twitter.com/amndad amanda lynn

        …and i used to work at glamour shots.

    • folu0330

      I love that you guys ask questions like this because not everyone is will to.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FBVC5LBEOWEHBYYCH3A2IZGZHI yahoo-FBVC5LBEOWEHBYYCH3A2IZGZHI

      They are nearly all over 35 and this is progress.  But they are all very close to traditionally gorgeous women, thin with good bones, well-proportioned and youthful-looking.  They represent the very narrow standard of beauty to which women (and actresses) are subjected. Color/race is only one element of deviation and those like Halle Berry and Jennifer Lopez don’t deviate all that much.  

    • jmorino08

      They all look like they were posed by a high school senior portrait photographer circa 1990. (I totally have one in that pose Sally Field is working… and she still looks better than I did!)

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=625481017 Devilicia Reinededemon

      I think something really important is being missed here, and that is:  WHO made Anne Hathaway’s dress and who do I need to cut, kill or otherwise cajole into obtaining it for me?
       

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mary-Stone/100001328135240 Mary Stone

      THANK YOU..
      ..yes, that shit IS getting awfully old.

    • http://twitter.com/Mylynka Mylynka

      I love you T+Lo!

    • http://promiscuouslola.com/ Cate

      “We suppose we should give them some props for including actresses over 40 and not putting them all in lingerie.”
      No. No, you should not.

    • Dara Fargotstein

      Octavia Spencer has Smashed coming out, Halle Berry has Cloud Atlas. The previously mentioned Kerry Washington and D’jango Unchained. It took me a 10 minute search on IMDb to find what these ladies were up to. Those Hollywood Reporter bitches were just lazy.

    • http://www.facebook.com/iris.liu4 Iris Liu

      PREACH!

    • megohd

      So much vastness? Really, Anne Hathaway?

    • MarissaLG

      I wrote a song!

      Skinny white ladies all over the placeeee
      Skinny white ladies shoved into my faceeee

      Every where I look ya’ll are on the coverr
      will this ever change, I just haaave to wonderrrr

      yawn yawn yawn yawn yawn yawn yawn 
      yawn yawn yawn yawn yawn yawn yawn 

      Repeat X1000

    • http://twitter.com/drnels Nels P. Highberg

      Sally Field is stunning.

    • warontara

      I <3 you guys.

    • http://twitter.com/AlisonsBookMrks Alison’s Book Marks

      I love you guys, but I’m calling you out on this one. Actresses of color aren’t getting their due on screen, true, but have you scrolled through your own pages lately, fellas? Not much attention is paid to the likes of Viola Davis, Gabourey Sidibe, Angela Bassett, or even Halle Berry. They’re in there, but 100 to 1 thin white actresses adorn your website over actresses of color. While I understand you cover red carpets, and they need to be ON the red carpets at the premiers first…they’re out there somewhere! BE the change you wish to see!