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Lucy Liu, Jodie Foster Admit Huge Progress Against Patriarchy

Stars defy victimhood narratives, cheer women advancing in Hollywood

Bill Maher has a bone to pick with his fellow progressives.

The comedian says America has made major cultural strides, from race relations to women’s rights, since the 1960s. It’s undeniable, even though some progressives suggest we’ve seen little change over the decades.

It’s why Maher sat, flabbergasted, as singer John Mellencamp told him on “Club Random” last year that black Americans have made little to no progress since the slavery era.

Maher would cheer recent comments from Lucy Liu and Jodie Foster.

The veteran actresses both addressed cultural shifts within Hollywood, applauding how much palpable progress has been made behind the scenes.

Liu, promoting her new film “Presence” at the Sundance Film Festival, addressed the possibility of a third “Charlie’s Angels” movie in a chat with Variety. The actress co-starred in two films based on the campy ABC series, both of which proved more successful than the woke 2019 reboot starring Kristen Stewart.

Liu downplayed any third film alongside fellow “Angels” Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore, but the subject fueled her thoughts on women in Hollywood.

“At that time, when we were doing publicity, they had never before had three women on a magazine cover,” she continued. “They didn’t even know how to do it. It was such a strange thing for women to collaborate and be seen as colleagues and friends. It was such a big moment in time, and now it’s shifted [emphasis added]. Even when I was doing ‘Ally McBeal,’ there had never been a lead woman in that way. There was Mary Tyler Moore and things like that, but the focus has changed. I’m not in charge of that, but I always enjoy the time that I have and then I move on. I never really dwell on anything like that. But I really would be shocked if that happened.”

Her comments ignored plenty of shows that did just that. Plus, did the four stars of “The Golden Girls” ever grace a magazine cover together? Of course.

 

The original “Angels” also appeared on more than a few covers.

Still, Liu admits Hollywood culture improved over the years, and why that’s something to celebrate.

It is.

Jodie Foster took the progress baton from Liu in a separate conversation.

The Oscar winner, currently starring in “True Detective: North Country,” told Variety how impressive “Barbie’s” box office success last year proved in more ways than one.

“I’ve had the beauty of being able to be in the business since the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and so on,” Foster said to Variety’s Rebecca Rubin. “The progression or bettering of our audiences translates into a kind of new thinking about who our marginalized voices are. In the old days, they saw women as a risk. Not sure why they saw us as a risk — 50% of the population! That thinking has changed now. With a big success like ‘Barbie,’ they gave Greta Gerwig, who had made two mostly independent films, they gave her the keys to the kingdom and said ‘We’re going to give you our most important child’ and all the money to support it. That’s new for women. I hope that continues.”

“Barbie” may not make a splash come Oscar night, but the 2023 comedy proved female audiences shouldn’t, and likely won’t, be taken for granted moving forward.

Progress. It’s a beautiful thing. Embracing it is far more pragmatic, and encouraging, than lashing out at critics as “sexist” for disliking your female-centric film or straining to play the, “Here’s the first [fill-in-the-blank] to [fill-in-the-blank] card.”

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8 Comments

  1. Looks like Marvel is about to release another girlboss movie. Can’t remember the name of it, but saw a trailer the other day.
    Wonder if it will bomb as big as The Marvels did?
    Fingers crossed!
    Get back into the kitchen and whip me up a sammich, darlin’.

    1. If you’re thinking of Madame Webb, that’s not Disney/Marvel Studios, it’s just Marvel licensed by Sony Pictures

      That’s like The Great Gatsby if it was written by E.L. James, it’s literature… but it sucks

  2. Let’s be real. Female audiences were never taken for granted. Guys weren’t flocking to “An Affair to Remember” or “Sleepless in Seattle”. Those were considered chick flicks for a reason and movies like these made big dollars for studios through the decades. That’s not the same thing as actresses being exploited and paid on the cheap.

  3. There’s never been a first woman anywhere because their projects need to be approved and then they’re happy to get the mantle until it comes up again. BTW, Lucy Liu is the first Asian woman in an action movie and Jodie Foster is the first Lesbian woman ever to star in her own show besides when she was in the closet.

  4. I, for one, welcome the progress and benefits we’ve seen from the very recent emancipation of women in the entertainment industry. Despite feeble attempts by forgettable actresses like Mary Pickford, Hedy Lamarr, Katharine Hepburn and Meryl Streep and their middling success, only in the last 2 or 3 years have we seen what happens when you hand total financial and creative control over to women. The rise of Star Wars to new heights of fandom. The amazing product-placement “intellectual” property of Barbie is another example. And witness “True Detective: Leather Bracelets”; glum, humorless lesbians defending themselves during 6 months of Arctic night … These people know their audiences. I sure don’t, but they seem to.

  5. Source of anti-patriarchy & anti-nationalism: Brock Chisholm, psychiatist, 1st Director of WHO, cofounder of World Federation for Mental Health:“To achieve world government, it is necessary to remove from the minds of men their individualism, loyalty to family traditions national patriotism & religious dogmas.”
    “The family is now one of the major obstacles to improved mental health, and hence should be weakened, if possible, so as to free individuals and especially children from the coercion of family life.” International Congress on Mental Health, London, 1948
    “The family is now one of the major obstacles to improved mental health, and hence should be weakened, if possible, so as to free individuals and especially children from the coercion of family life.” International Congress on Mental Health, London, 1948
    “Every child in America entering school at the age of five is insane because he comes to school with certain allegiances to our founding fathers, toward our elected officials, toward his parents, toward a belief in a supernatural being, and toward the sovereignty of this nation as a separate entity. It’s up to you as teachers to make all these sick children well – by creating the international child of the future.” Dr. Chester M. Pierce, Psychiatrist, address to the Childhood International Education Seminar, 1973

  6. It’s amazing what women have done the last year or two. Before that they were unseen, working hard in the kitchen. Thank goodness someone let them outside. Disney certainly made a smashing success with women led movies the past few years!

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