14 Jul 2022TWITTER.com
In an interview with Variety, talking about his decision to publicly defend Florence Pugh after she faced “vulgar” criticism for wearing a sheer Valentino dress
It was easy. She made a really good point. I thought it was worth saying again. Say it louder for the kids in the back […] She said something that people might need it to hear.
In an Instagram story, in response to the controversy on Florence Pugh’s highly-publicized Valentino dress
What. Is. So. Terrifying? Take a look at yourself fellas. Then take a look at your mates and step up when it’s time to step up. When the boys are out of line, have a word. The weird thing about misogyny is men actually listen to other men. So do your bit, cos the next few years in particular are gonna be a really good time to listen, and take some responsibility, for everyone’s sake.
In a video on his Youtube channel
So when Joe biden is not incoherently babbling about illegal immigration he’s incoherently babbling about the supposed pay gap now the pay gap is one of the most overwrought ridiculous things in american public life the notion that women are being paid less for the same exact work is not backed by statistical evidence. The reality is that the pay gap is almost entirely a creation of differentials in work hours in jobs chosen it is a differential in time taken off from the workforce women tend to take more time out of the workforce because they want to be home with the kids in many cases the basic idea that a woman works an hour a man works an hour exact same job exact same credentials and so the woman gets paid less is just silly it it actually is not true.
15 Sep 2020TWITTER.com
In a tweet
I want to use my platform to not only raise awareness – but to do something that can have an impact for many years. That’s why I’m introducing the #MoreBlackDoctors campaign & the Diversity in Medicine Scholarship Award – to inspire future doctors in underrepresented communities.
19 Aug 2020TWITTER.com
2020 Global Women’s Forum for Peace and Humanitarian Action
I think a feminist "Good Place" looks like a place with equality because feminism isn't about women being more important than men or anyone else. It's about them being equal: equal representation, equal seats at the table, equal roles in leadership and their communities.
In an interview with Vanity Fair
We know as women, when you speak up, you’re labelled a b*tch—immediately. Unruly—immediately. Just as a woman. As a woman of colour, there is very, very, very little you have to do. All you have to do is maybe roll your eyes, and that’s it.
3 Jun 2020TWITTER.com
In a tweet, in response to someone saying Donald Trump does not unite the American people
A profound statement that illuminates the crisis this nation is facing right now. Equality is a right for all Americans and we must do whatever it takes to protect that right.
24 Aug 2019THEGUARDIAN.com
In an interview with The Guardian, before being interrupted by kitties
I’m kinda used to being gaslit by now, and I think it happens to women so often that, as we get older and see how the world works, we’re able to see through what is gaslighting. So I’m able to look at 1989 and go – KITTIES! [...] Having dealt with a few of them, narcissists basically subscribe to a belief system that they should be able to do and say whatever the hell they want, whenever the hell they want to, and if we – as anyone else in the world, but specifically women – react to that, well, we’re not allowed to. We’re not allowed to have a reaction to their actions.
In an interview with Press Trust of India
I am glad that people are now sort of well aware. And for the younger generation, it is normal as opposed to me or the older generations. We sort of have to rethink about it. Making it a norm should be the aim. That’s important and I think it occurs […] It is fantastic that there is a change happening. There has been a conversation for a while now. You talked to people 10 years ago about a female superhero film and most of them would have said it won’t work and so on […] I think ‘Captain Marvel’ or ‘Wonder Woman’… these films have made more money than any of the other stand-alone. These films have as much or sort of more following and appreciation than other films.
In an interview with Forbes
I was raised a feminist. I was told by my mother that to be a woman was really a privilege. It is unacceptable that women are not equal. It is unacceptable that women are treated as meat and trafficked and so we all have to take a stand together.
Speaking at the United Nations in Geneva
There is a certain amount of irony in the sense that Hollywood is often held up as some sort of bastion of progressive ideals, yet is actually in reality the exact opposite. On some of the most basic rights that we are starting, thank goodness, to take for granted in other disciplines, in other businesses, whether it is inclusion, pay equality, representation, diversity, you name it, we fall way behind.
27 Aug 2018INSTAGRAM.com
On his Instagram, with a picture of his daughter
She can be anything she wants. She can sit at any table. She can trailblaze a path, while humbly and gratefully recognizing those before her who paved the way. She and her big sister, Simone and her baby sister, Tiana Gia will always have a strong voice and always make a positive impact. She can also just forcefully shove a buttery, delicious croissant :croissant: in daddy’s mouth when daddy is on a very strict diet. #JasmineLia #WomensEqualityDay
In an interview with Boston Globe, talking about the #MeToo movement
I’ve got my ears open. I hear what’s being said, and I think adjustments have to be mad. Some I knew about, some I knew about but wasn’t conscious of, and some are just horrible old traditions. It’s having an effect on me. When I read a script and all the male characters are great and all the women characters are taking off their clothes, and the men are making love to them heroically and the women are thanking them, I think, ‘Hmm. I don’t think this washes anymore,’ and I’m not alone.
In a Facebook post, talking about the controversy surrounding her use of a revealing dress in cold weather
This is not only utterly ridiculous, I am extremely offended. This is sexist, this is ridiculous, this is not feminism. Overreacting about everything someone says or does, creating controversy over silly innocuous things such as what I choose to wear or not wear, is not moving us forward. It’s creating silly distractions from real issues. Get a grip people. Everything you see me wear is my choice. And if I want to be cold THAT’S MY CHOICE TOO!
5 Dec 2017LENNYLETTER.com
In an opinion piece for Lenny
It’s hard for me to speak about my experience as a working woman because I can safely say my problems aren’t exactly relatable. When the Sony hack happened and I found out how much less I was being paid than the lucky people with d***s, I didn’t get mad at Sony. I got mad at myself. I failed as a negotiator because I gave up early. I didn’t want to keep fighting over millions of dollars that, frankly, due to two franchises, I don’t need. [...] Again, this might have NOTHING to do with my vagina, but I wasn’t completely wrong when another leaked Sony email revealed a producer referring to a fellow lead actress in a negotiation as a “spoiled brat.” For some reason, I just can’t picture someone saying that about a man.
During her Live Debut of ‘Week Without You’ & Meaningful ‘Party in the USA’ Performance at iHeartRadio Festival
It’s not a party in the USA if we don’t have equality, unity, justice, compassion, kindness, opportunity, healthcare, education, non-violence. So f**k yeah, it’ll be a ‘Party in the USA,’ you’ll see it.
18 Apr 2017ROLLINGSTONE.com
In an interview with Rolling Stone, revealing the inspiration behind his song, “Sign of the Times"
Most of the stuff that hurts me about what’s going on at the moment is not politics, it’s fundamentals. Equal rights. For everyone, all races, sexes, everything… “Sign of the Times” came from “This isn’t the first time we’ve been in a hard time, and it’s not going to be the last time.” The song is written from a point of view as if a mother was giving birth to a child and there’s a complication. The mother is told, “The child is fine, but you’re not going to make it.” The mother has five minutes to tell the child, “Go forth and conquer.”
9 Nov 2016FACEBOOK.com
In a Facebook post
I don’t talk about politics often. I don’t feel like it’s my place to tell you how to think in that regard. This channel is a place of entertainment (hopefully) and escape from the chaos that runs the rest of your world. However, I will never shy away from encouraging you guys to better yourselves and the world around you. It’s easy to think of yourself as insignificant in the turmoil that consumes the political landscape but there’s always more that you can do. You are an essential piece of your community but ONLY if you work towards it. To make change in the world and in yourself takes time, effort, and most of all dedication. It’s a commitment that the vast majority of people overlook because they’re consumed by the short term. The only thing I have ever wanted is to be a leader to guide you towards something better. But I can’t hide behind a vague idea of what “better” is so here are a few things that I firmly believe in: 1. No matter who you are; no matter your race, religion, or gender you have the unalienable right to live your life in peace and happiness. 2. Healthcare is a right, not a business. 3. We should leave our children a better world than the one we have now.
In a sketch for HuffPost
Why outsource all your production to faraway countries like India, China, and Narnia when we have the cheapest and best workforce right here in the good ole U.S. of A.: women. Women are a bargain at the workplace since you only have to pay them 77 cents on the dollar.
10 Oct 2015THEGUARDIAN.com
In an interview with DJ Whoo Kid
Not to be sexist but I can’t vote for the leader of the free world to be a woman. Just because, every other position that exists, I think a woman could do well. But the president? It’s kinda like, I just know that women make rash decisions emotionally – they make very permanent, cemented decisions – and then later, it’s kind of like it didn’t happen, or they didn’t mean for it to happen. And I sure would hate to just set off a nuke.[…] I think you might be able to get the Loch Ness monster elected before you could [get a woman].
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, talking about the recent selection of author Seth Grahame-Smith — who has zero prior feature directing experience — to direct the new The Flash movie
You mean to tell me that there are no women who might have already made a film who might have been worth talking to for The Flash. You’re a major studio saying, It doesn’t matter if you have experience or not, we still want him. I don’t know that guy, and he’s probably the greatest guy, but as a woman filmmaker, I have to think, what does that say about that choice? It’s always the young, cool hipster white guy. Always.
During an acceptance speech at the 2015 GLAAD Media Awards
Women, poor people, people of color, people with disabilities, immigrants, gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, trans people, intersex people. We have been pitted against each other and made to feel like there are limited seats at the table for those of us who fall into the category of other.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, talking about Hollywood's race problem
It’s a white industry. Just as the NBA is a black industry. I’m not even saying it’s a bad thing. It just is. And the black people they do hire tend to be the same person. That person tends to be female and that person tends to be Ivy League. And there’s nothing wrong with that. As a matter of fact, that’s what I want for my daughters. But something tells me that the life my privileged daughters are leading right now might not make them the best candidates to run the black division of anything. And the person who runs the black division of a studio should probably have worked with black people at some point in their life. Clint Culpepper [a white studio chief who specializes in black movies] does a good job at Screen Gems because he’s the kind of guy who would actually go see Best Man Holiday . But how many black men have you met working in Hollywood? They don’t really hire black men. A black man with bass in his voice and maybe a little hint of facial hair? Not going to happen. It is what it is. I’m a guy who’s accepted it all.