This week, Elizabeth Banks claimed in an acceptance speech at the Women In Film Awards that Steven Spielberg had never directed a film with a female lead. He of course has (The Color Purple). Elizabeth took shit for it from the internet. Elizabeth is now very sorry for coming for Steven Spielberg without doing her research first.
Elizabeth released an apology on Instagram last night, which I assume was a decision made after her DMs teetered dangerously close to reaching capacity from the sudden influx of jpegs and GIFs of Whoopi Goldberg looking disappointed.
Elizabeth really buried the lede in that apology. Shari Belafonte was the one who shouted out “The Color Purple“? You know you screwed up when not only did you forget The Color Purple existed, but then when it was brought to your attention by a legend like Shari Belafonte, you brush them off. Liz really doubled down on the regrettable choices there.
But this is a perfect example of why it’s always a good idea to start any and all statements with “It is my understanding.” That way you’re off the hook when someone calls you out. “Look, I said it was my understanding, and I clearly don’t understand much, so what do you want?”