As if sexism weren’t enough, agism comes rearing its ugly head from the industry again, but this time the media is talking about it! Twas just a month earlier when Amy Schumer, came out with a hilarious comedy sketch for Comedy Central entitled, ” Last Fuckable Day.” The skit includes comedic icons such as Tina Fey and rings true to many within the film industry, just ask Maggie Gyllenhaal. Maggie came forward this week with her story of being dismissed by industry execs because she was too old to play the love interest opposite a 55 year old male.
She stated, ” It was astonishing to me. It made me feel bad, and then it made feel angry, and then it made me laugh.”
Check out Amy Schumer’s comedy sketch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPpsI8mWKmg&app=desktop
Only a month after the sketch was released, Gyllenhaals testament proves that these women- ain’t lying. Read more about Maggie’s experience as detailed by the Guardian:
What I want to highlight as a women’s film collective, is how Amy Schumers comedy sketch has shamelessly named the problem. It provided a comedic space for other esteemed actresses to name the sexism and agism they deal with and even make fun of it. Creating content that women relate to actually empowers other women to come forward and be more truthful when talking about the same things they’re experiencing. Schumer’s sketch was released in April, Maggie Gyllenhaal received coverage about her experience in May of the same year.
We have the ability to build content that creates a platform that encourages sharing. Instead of Maggie sitting at home in dismay, as I’m sure countless actresses have done before her, she shared her story and the press actually thought it was IMPORTANT!
Women in film create a backing of support by speaking their truth and even having a little fun mocking the facets of this patriarchal system.
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