Kristen Stewart speaks out on cinema's inequality
Sundance is one of the most prestigious film festivals, showcasing films from new and old directors and playing a key role in director and actors' careers. However, at Sundance 2016 Kristen Stewart has decided to step and talk against Hollywood's fairly obvious inequality issue calling the topic "boring", and urging people to "stop complaining" and actually "do something" about it. The actress spoke to Variety magazine about the ongoing discussion. “Like in any business that's so old, it's going to have a somewhat narrow view,” Stewart said. “It's hard for me to speak to that, because, it's awkward. I'm so fucking lucky and so stimulated and driven, like not bored, and I have something in front of me all the time. It sounds weird for me to sit around and be like, ‘It's not fair!’ Guys make more money because their movies make more money. Let's start making more movies. It makes sense.”
Woman often get paid a fraction of the fee that men get payed for acting in the same movie and considering the past few years female-led films have been smashing the box office it doesn't make much sense. Gillian Anderson was offered just half the fee that David Duchovny was offered in a revival series of the X-Files.
Stewart goes on to talk about her mother who was a painter. “She was a script supervisor as well. So when she wasn’t working, she was always making something. Instead of sitting around and complaining about that, do something. And you know, that's easy for me to say. Like fuck, it's hard to get movies made. It's a huge luxury. Who gets to just make movies? That subject is just so prevalently everywhere right now, it's boring.”
Naturally the public's response to Kristen Stewart's comments have been mixed but mostly people are criticising her, calling her ignorant and misinformed. Comments can be easily taken out of context and altered to a negative slant, but Stewart's opinions seem a little unfair for the actresses that are merely underrepresented yet working hard and being "driven". For a long time woman have been an underdog in film, so what is the real approach to getting equality in the industry?