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For decades, women have been underpaid on screen and underrepresented behind the scenes, and now one male director is doing his best to fight back against Hollywood’s lasting inequality.
Paul Feig, best known for his comedies like Bridesmaids and Freaks and Geeks, loves an underdog. And surprising as it may sound, the underdog in Hollywood—even in 2016—is the female actress and director.
Aside from the much-addressed disparity between salaries for male and female actors in Hollywood, the very representation of women and other minorities is totally skewed from reality, and now Feig has voiced his support for a contractual clause that would help establish some balance in the movies.
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As we draw nearer to the release of the new and all-female Ghostbusters on July 15 of this year, more criticism continues to rise to the surface regarding the reboot’s casting choices.
If you pay attention to movie news, or even if you’re just a fan of ’80s comedy classics, chances are you’ve heard at least one person complain about the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones.
Common arguments include “Why fix something that wasn’t broken?” or “Why reboot a franchise that was good to begin with?” but in reality, much of the criticism is simply based around the choice of an all-female Ghostbusters squad. Feig has dismissed the haters and publicly stated, “All I know is my ladies are going to kick ass and I would not want to go into battle with them.”
But Ghostbusters won’t be the first time Feig has quite obviously pushed for female or minority-led casts, not by a long shot.
The creator of Freaks and Geeks, Feig basically put alternative lifestyles on the map in television, and his 2011 hit Bridesmaids was a tour de force in terms of female comedy. Ranker.com voted Bridesmaids the 6th funniest female-led comedy movie ever made, as well as the 4th best movie for women. Feig has also worked closely with Melissa McCarthy on The Heat and Spy, taking female comedy to new heights with each push.
Now, Feig wants to make women and minorities more prominent in film via a contractual agreement.