Since Charlotte Rampling is doing the slow two-step away from her recent comments that this year’s Oscar boycott is racist against white people (comments she now says were “misinterpreted” and that what she really meant to say was that “Diversity in our industry is an important issue that needs to be addressed“), French actress Julie Delpy has decided to step into this mess and pick up where she left off. Except Julie didn’t need to borrow any notes from Charlotte, because her position is less about race and more about having a vagina.
During an interview with The Wrap at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday, Céline from all the Before movies pulled an “Ugh, SO jealous…” on all the famous black people who have rallied together and spoken up about the lack of diversity in this year’s Oscar nominations. Julie says that when she spoke up against the Academy’s lack of diversity two years ago, she was met with little more than the sound of crickets and people nervously clearing their throats.
“Two years ago, I said something about the Academy being very white male, which is the reality, and I was slashed to pieces by the media. It’s funny – women can’t talk. I sometimes wish I were African American because people don’t bash them afterward.”
“It’s the hardest to be a woman. Feminists is something people hate above all. Nothing worse than being a woman in this business. I really believe that.”
People don’t bash them afterwards? Someone needs to tap Julie Delpy on the shoulder and let her know that when Original Recipe Aunt Viv clapped back at Jada Pinkett Smith and referred to her as “Miss Thing“, she wasn’t giving her a compliment.
I know Julie believes that there’s “nothing worse than being a woman in this business“, but I’m pretty sure the people who take care of the honeywagons would beg to differ. Can you even imagine what it would be like to empty one of those things after Charlie Sheen was done with it? Or Lindsay Lohan? I know being a woman in Hollywood sucks sometimes, but I honestly can’t think of anything worse than showing up to the set of Joy and knowing you’re about to spend the next six weeks eyeball-deep in a cloud of Jennifer Lawrence’s post-lunch pizza farts.
UPDATE: Just like Charlotte Rampling before her, Julie Delpy is sorry for the words she said in response to the Oscars boycott. Julie released this statement to EW yesterday:
“I’m very sorry for how I expressed myself. It was never meant to diminish the injustice done to African American artists or to any other people that struggle for equal opportunities and rights, on the contrary. All I was trying to do is to address the issues of inequality of opportunity in the industry for women as well (as I am a woman). I never intended to underestimate anyone else’s struggle! We should stay alert and united and support each other to change this unfair reality and don’t let anyone sabotage our common efforts by distorting the truth. Again I’m so sorry for this unfortunate misunderstanding, people who know me, know very well that I can’t stand inequality and injustice of any kind.”