You’d think that the Me Too Movement or Times Up era would’ve inspired real change in Hollywood but you’d be mistaken. Women are still treated like garbage and looked at like a piece of meat.
Many women are still underpaid compared to their male counterparts. And then you have hypocritical virtue signaling from these Hollywood filmmakers when they consistently do exactly what they preach against.
And actor Idris Elba had the best thing ever to say about being a man in the Me Too era.
Idris Elba is one of the most gifted black actors in the game right now. It was rumored for quite a while that the English actor would take over as the new James Bond once Daniel Craig retired but it never materialized.
It could’ve had to a lot to do with his age considering he’s almost fifty years old and not only is it physically demanding – Craig seems to be seriously injured at least once for every Bond movie he’s in – but when you also take into account that it takes upwards of four years to make; it’s just not worth casting someone who will likely only do two movies before he’s too old.
But Elba doesn’t need to play James Bond to be a household name. It could be his incredible performances in movies like “Molly’s Game” or “Beasts of No Nation,” or it could be his television roles in the critically acclaimed “Luther” or his comedic role in the hit NBC show “The Office.”
Or it could be the fact People Magazine deemed him “Sexiest Man Alive” in 2018.
Most people know who the actor is.
Recently he sat down with the Sunday Times and was asked about how he – or men in general – navigate the new landscape of the Me Too era in Hollywood and he simply said it is “only difficult if you’re a man with something to hide.”
No truer words have ever been spoken. There are probably hundreds, maybe even thousands of Hollywood players who are terrified their past might eventually catch up to them.
When “Molly’s Game” came out last year he praised the poignancy of a female-driven thriller at this specific time saying, “we’re seeing women stand up and have a liberation movement of speaking up against some their atrocities that has happened.”
He’s right. How some of these men in powerful positions treated women is simply disgraceful and disgusting.
Hollywood legend Robert De Niro is currently being sued for the way he treated a female executive, Chase Robinson, at his production company and she has voicemail receipts to prove it.
On one voicemail he said, “You f–king don’t answer my calls? How dare you. You’re about to be fired. You’re f–king history. Don’t be angry with me ’cause I’m pissed off ’cause I didn’t get a simple thing that I need right now here in California, where I’m here less than 24 hours, you gotta be f–king kidding me, you spoilt brat!”
There are many like De Niro who are notorious for harassing the help and now more people like Robinson are feeling more confident to come forward. It’s a good thing.