Hollywood star: No ‘big plot to keep women down’

By Douglas Ernst

Hollywood star Jodie Foster told Variety that she wants a more "complex" discussion about women in the industry
Hollywood star Jodie Foster told an audience in New York City that she wants a more “complex” discussion about women in the industry

Two-time best actress Oscar winner Jodie Foster has a message for Hollywood’s liberal feminists: Knock it off with simplistic arguments about the industry.

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Foster, 53, told an audience at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City earlier this week that she was tired of hearing feminist talking points on the industry devoid of nuance.

“I feel like the issue is way more complicated than saying, ‘Why aren’t women making big mainstream franchises?'” the actress said Wednesday, Variety reported.

Foster said that she and “Money Monster” co-director Julie Taymor both felt the same way.

“We were both talking about the woman thing and how we are both a little sick of it,” Foster said. “There are so many reasons [for job disparities]. Some of them are about our psychology, some of them are about the financial world, some of them are about the global economy. There are so many answers to that go back hundreds of years. It would be nice to be able to have a more complex conversation and to be able to look at it more than just a quota or numbers.”

Foster, whose career has spanned decades, added that there was no plot “to keep women down.” She won Academy Awards in 1988 and 1991 for “The Accused” and “The Silence of the Lambs,” respectively.

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“Money Monster” comes out May 13. The film stars Julia Roberts and George Clooney in a tale about an angry investor who takes over a television studio.

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