Helen on the Hollywood male

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

It’s all been about Helen Mir­ren this week. Speak­ing at an awards cer­e­mony in Los An­ge­les, the agree­ably mouthy Dame launched a colour­ful ver­bal at­tack on the con­tin­u­ing sex­ism that dogs Hollywood.

“With all due re­spect to you many bril­liant and suc­cess­ful women in this room, not much has changed in Hollywood film-mak­ing, whicht con­tin­ues to wor­ship at the al­tar of the 18-to 25-year-old male and his pe­nis,” Mir­ren said, be­fore paus­ing to de­liver her punch­line. “Quite small, I al­ways think.”

She went on to de­liver an­other few vol­leys in ob­scure di­rec­tions: “I re­sent in my life the sur­vival of some very medi­ocre male ac­tors and the pro­fes­sional demise of some very bril­liant fe­male ones.” It’s not as if she’s wrong, but we’d love to know the names of those medi­ocre ac­tors.

Or­gan grinder

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