Equality Issues Articles

Equality issues hilighted through celebrity pop culture including pay inequality, sexism, misogyny, role limitations with age, and other societal issues also present in Hollywood.

Crazy Rich Asians is The Favourite

Kathleen Posted by Kathleen at January 14, 2019 14:53:33 January 14, 2019 14:53:33
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Lainey and I watched The Critic’s Choice Awards together over text. Sometimes she was ahead and sometimes I was, depending on bathroom breaks, dog walk breaks, etc. When Crazy Rich Asians won Best Comedy, Lainey texted me about a minute before I heard the reveal with an “Omgggggggg!!! Kathleenn!!!!!” Only one thing could get that many exclamation points out of Elaine Lui. Full Story

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“It just feels good being Regina King”

Lainey Posted by Lainey at January 4, 2019 16:39:22 January 4, 2019 16:39:22
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Last year Regina King did an interview with Variety and she was asked what it means to her, in this stage of her career, her 30 year career, to be getting the parts she’s getting, the nominations, the awards, the hype, and the SHINE. I loved her response:  “It’s interesting because if you would have asked me this question a while ago, I probably would have done something to deflect and not own up to the fact that I’ve worked really hard, and that I can say that I do deserve to be here without feeling like I’m being an a–. Full Story

Idris Elba’s very simple answer

Lainey Posted by Lainey at December 18, 2018 16:24:19 December 18, 2018 16:24:19
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Back in July, when he was promoting Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Henry Cavill told GQ Australia that he was worried about the #MeToo movement making it harder for him to flirt and that he had concerns about flirting and then being called a rapist. Seriously. As I said at the time, no, dumdum Full Story

Janet Jackson: Hall of Fame…finally

Lainey Posted by Lainey at December 14, 2018 16:46:03 December 14, 2018 16:46:03
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It was announced yesterday that Janet Jackson will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2019. Finally. And this is good news, of course. But it’s also an opportunity to talk about why it’s late news. Because Janet has been eligible for induction since 2007. She wasn’t nominated until 2016. Full Story

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Dear Gossips,

In 2005, filmmaker Ameesha Joshi was at a World Press Photo Exhibit when she came across pictures of Indian girls boxing on the beach. Ameesha is a first-generation Canadian born to Indian parents and she understood immediately the social pressures the boxers would face, on top of all the pressure to train and perform.  Read Full Intro

Crazy Rich Golden Globes

Lainey Posted by Lainey at December 6, 2018 15:03:18 December 6, 2018 15:03:18
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Crazy Rich Asians is going to the Golden Globes. It will not win any Golden Globes. But they’ll be at the party, at one of the most watched award shows, and the first major award show of the year, right after the New Year. This is visibility. And visibility is important. So, sure, even though the comedy/musical category at the Globes was a lot more wide open because films like A Star is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody decided to submit in drama for strategic reasons, perhaps not wanting to go up against the likely Comedy/Musical winner, Mary Poppins Returns, and because “dramatic films” are typically better positioned for the big prize, the Oscars, the beneficiaries of that play in previous years may not have been a film that stars people of colour, a rom-com featuring an all-Asian cast. Full Story

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Marvel’s Asian-American hero

Sarah Posted by Sarah at December 3, 2018 20:39:43 December 3, 2018 20:39:43
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After years of not prioritizing any voice or story other than white dudes, Marvel is now full steam ahead on the diversity express. Thanks to the success of Black Panther—and due in no small part to Ike Perlmutter’s control being loosened on the movie studio—they have greenlit a Black Widow movie and, now, they are developing a movie based on Shang-Chi Full Story

Lana Condor the optimist 

Kathleen Posted by Kathleen at November 30, 2018 19:52:40 November 30, 2018 19:52:40
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Lana Condor is an LG fave. We’ve been obsessed with her since August when her charm and capability exploded off the screen in To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. Today I realized that while we’ve been falling for Lana Condor, we still don’t know a lot about her. Full Story

Awkwafina’s own show

Sarah Posted by Sarah at November 29, 2018 20:18:45 November 29, 2018 20:18:45
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Awkwafina has had a big year, with Ocean’s 8, Crazy Rich Asians, an EP (In Fina We Trust), and hosting SNL, the iHeartRadio MMVAs, and the Hollywood Film Awards. And now, to cap it off, comes the announcement that Awkwafina will star in her own comedy series on Comedy Central. The show will be called Awkwafina and it’s inspired by her early years in New York City. Full Story

Ask Nicole Anything

Lainey Posted by Lainey at November 28, 2018 19:35:53 November 28, 2018 19:35:53
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I met up with one of my students last night, Erik. Erik is a cinephile, and he tries to see as many films as possible, as many times as possible. With Erik, as soon as you mention movies, you might get an hour-long monologue. Anyway, I was encouraging him to see Destroyer, and then we started talking about Nicole Kidman or, as I called her, Nicole F-cking Kidman, because MY GOD the quality of her work, it’s almost exhausting watching her continue to not just maintain the quality of her work but keep pushing it to new depths. Full Story

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