Here are some examples of some current or former celebrities who showcase the fact that Hollywood is still a 1) white, 2) male, 3) straight, 4) cis, 5) ableist, 6) (I should probably add Christian here) -dominated and bigoted environment.
1) Kevin Sorbo
He is not so famous NOW, but he was in the 1990s when he played the leading role in the show 'Hercules'. The spin-off show 'Xena Warrior Princess' starred Lucy Lawless. Sorbo has, apparently, stated in interviews that Lawless got the part because she was involved with producer Rob Tapert
. (Another article which appears to be more of the same
.) He also appears to contradict himself in saying this, because it isn't what he said here
(I'll admit those aren't the best links. I'll post better sources if I find them.)
The above is heartily believable (i.e. it's quite believable he would show himself to be a misogynist) since more recently, he has gone on a rant on his Facebook page where he refers to those protesting the murder of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white policeman in Ferguson, Missouri
, as "animals". More precisely, he accuses protesters of using the shooting as "an excuse to be the losers these animals truly are." He goes on to say, " Hopefully this is a reminder to the African Americans ( I always thought we just Americans. Oh, well.) that their President the [sic] voted in has only made things worse for them, not better." (Part of the rant is here
, though the source has been deleted. I wonder why? /sarcasm)
2) Charlize Theron
She went on Newsweek's Oscar roundtable which was overwhelmingly white. During the discussion, Davis commented on the difficulty in finding work as an African-American actress. “I’m a 46-year-old black woman who really doesn’t look like Halle Berry, and Halle Berry is having a hard time,” said Davis.
Theron interrupted her and spoke over her to say that she was 'hot as shit'. Her exact words—“You have to stop saying that, because you’re hot as shit.’’ The discussion then veered completely away from race issues as Davis was effectively shut down. (See the video here.) Here is an article which discusses how problematic Theron's comment was.
This is not new for Charlize Theron. Here is an (old) article in which she discusses her reasons for leaving her native South Africa: "Growing up an only child on her family's farm, Theron says, her pet goat Bok "was like my best friend." As an outlet for her boundless energy, she took up ballet at age 6 and soon was dancing professionally in Johannesburg. But at 15, she says, "everything just went wrong." Her father, Charles, died, leaving the family's road-construction business in the hands of her mother, Gerda. Theron had little time to grieve; with the dismantling of apartheid and the creation of new affirmative action laws, she became convinced "there was no future for a white South African." One week after turning 16, she accepted an offer from an Italian model scout, and—with her mother's blessing—headed for Milan. Looking back, she says, "I just ran." (From People.com)
3) Mark Wahlberg
Mark Wahlberg is guilty of hate crimes. Yes, really. And yet he continues to enjoy a very lucrative Hollywood career.
-He assaulted a group of black schoolchildren
-He assaulted an older man of Vietnamese origin, causing serious injury (the man remains blind in one eye as a direct result of the attack)
-He assaulted his neibour, again causing serious injury (among other injuries, the man's jaw was broken and needed to be wired shut)
On this topic, here is what Wahlberg had to say.
"And though the right thing to do would be to try to find the man and make amends, Wahlberg says, he admits he hasn't done so -- but says he's no longer burdened by guilt.
"I did a lot of things that I regretted and I certainly paid for my mistakes," Wahlberg says. "You have to go and ask for forgiveness and it wasn't until I really started doing good and doing right, by other people as well as myself, that I really started to feel that guilt go away. So I don't have a problem going to sleep at night. I feel good when I wake up in the morning."
So in other words, he forgave himself. How nice of him!
More examples to come, because Hollywood is rife with them.