Why Did Jessica Chastain Appear On The ‘Sad’ All-White Magazine Cover?

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“Its a sad look that there's no WOC in this pic of us promoting our female lead films,” the actress wrote following the criticism.

Oscar-nominated actress Jessica Chastain, who happens to be a renowned advocate for equality in Hollywood, recently drew criticism for appearing on the cover of Los Angeles Times’ magazine along with a bunch of other famous white actresses.

The tagline on the cover of “The Envelope” read, “A Shift in Focus: Actresses call for change in the way many stories are told” and included a discussion about the treatment of women in Hollywood.

Given the nature of the cover story and current social scenario, one would think the editors would have had the mind to include at least one woman of color to justify their narrative. Instead, they went the opposite route and only featured Annette Bening, Kate Winslet, Margot Robbie, Saoirse Ronan and Diane Kruger.

Keeping in mind Chastain’s history of starting important dialogue revolving around sexual harassment, gender pay gap and sexism in the entertainment, it was only fair that people began questioning her presence on the all-white cover.

The actress decided to answer the criticism by criticizing the magazine.

While the appalling lack of women of color in female lead films is important to note, let’s not forget not forget Chastain had the power to do or say something about the controversial cover before people began calling her out.

No one forced her to appear on the magazine. In fact, she (and the other actresses) could have refused to appear on the cover unless the magazine featured women of color as well, or could have at least brought up the issue or vowed not to be partake in such a charade again.

Calling it “sad” now is not enough by any means.

April Reign, who created the popular #OscarsSoWhite hashtag, had the perfect response to Chastain’s seemingly forced-criticism.

Just talking about change is not going to make a difference unless you actually take a step on your own.

To put it simply, Chastain calling the all-white cover “sad” was hypocritical.

However, the actresses are not the only ones to blame as the onus for not including women of color in the cover photo is upon the Los Angeles Times as well.

 

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