Meryl Streep talks about women being in politics and showbiz and says that everyone is in a way African.
Meryl Streep has finally made an official statement about the diversity issue that has risen with this year’s Oscar nominations. Meryl Streep served as the head of the jury at the Berlin Film Festival.
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She expressed that it felt good to be the boss. Meryl will be deciding the winners of the Golden Bear and Silver Bear trophies among this year’s contenders in the festival.
While talking at the press conference, she announced that she had forbidden her jury members to read the booklet about film and contemporaries.
She said that they should watch all the movies with open eyes and judge according to what they see. She emphasized that it is important to see the content in fresh form that is without being opinionated and perjured against it.
When the diversity issue was risen by the journalists, Meryl Streep said that the issue was very much real. Even though all the seven jury members on her panel were white, she pointed out that the women were infact in majority in the panel, four out of seven.
The four women included French photographer Brigitte Lacombe, Italian actress Alba Rohrwacher and Polish director Małgorzata Szumowska and Streep herself.
The male jurors are Clive Owen and Lars Eldinger and U.K. film critic Nick James. She said that she believed that the world should be governed as half and half. There should be more women in showbiz and politics.
When she was asked whether she could understand the movies that came from Arab origins or Africa, she replied that she was not very much familiar with the region but she has played a number of roles from different cultures.
Her experience had made her understand that no matter which culture, race, colour or creed we’re from, there is an underlying thread of humanity that ties us all together.
She also said that no matter where we are, we are all originally Africans. She called out to the Berliners saying that weren’t they all Africans as well.
While her intentions were nothing less than noble, Streep’s statements were more to the feminist side than the diversity issue.
Many would point out that having a female majority panel with all white women is not diversity. Maybe even if one of those women have been a woman of color, the diversity claim might have worked.