3 of Steven Spielberg’s 30 films have female leads. Elizabeth Banks isn’t here for it.

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While accepting an awarding on June 14, Elizabeth Banks had a gutsy message for Hollywood powerhouse Steven Spielberg .

Banks was on stage at the Women in Film Crystal+ Lucy Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel when she brought up a sad truth about one of the world’s most celebrated directors 😛 TAGEND

I went to ‘Indiana Jones and Jaws and every movie Steven Spielberg ever attained, ” Banks told. “And by the way, hes never made a movie with a female lead. Sorry, Steven. I dont mean to call your ass out, but its true.

OK, so it’s not entirely true. But it’s nearly true.

Of the 30 movies Spielberg’s directed, just three have featured female leads( a fourth is in production now ), The Wrap reported. Most notably, Banks failed to remember Spielberg was behind the iconic and consequential “The Color Purple”( Twitter users were quick to remind her ). He also directed 1974 ‘s “The Sugarland Express” and “The BFG, ” released last year, both of which featured female leads.

The sentiment behind Banks’ comment was place on, however. Spielberg’s preference for male-led movies isn’t unique to him it’s reflective of an industry-wide problem.

Most popular Hollywood movies are dominated by male characters, The Washington Post reported in April. It’s an issue that’d surely get much better if more girls were directing movies( men run the show behind the vast majority of movies being stimulated ), but females are endlessly struggling to be taken seriously as the one helming the ship. The problem is demonstrably worse if you zero in on women of color.

For Bank who directed “Pitch Perfect 2” and is working on 2019 ‘s “Charlie’s Angels” part of the answer starts at home, with the audience.

Buy a fucking ticket to a movie with a woman, ” she told mothers in the crowd while accepting her award. “Take them, give them the experience of ensure amazing women on film.”

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