Stand-up comedian Amy Schumer thinks that “people hate women” in show business. Schumer expressed her views during a recent Comedy Actress roundtable with five more Hollywood celebrities -- Lena Dunham, “Black-ish's” Tracee Ellis Ross, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt's” Ellie Kemper, “Jane the Virgin's” Gina Rodriguez, and “Saturday Night Live's” Kate McKinnon. The women got together to talk about sexism in the entertainment industry.
“I don't think they want to hear a woman talk for too long. A lot of people project their mom yelling a them," Schumer said, according to the Hollywood Reporter. She said she is always “tricking people into listening” to her and believes that “there's such an aggression” against women in showbiz.
Schumer said she wants to understand why there is lack of women in the late-night television slots and why many deserving women candidates are not hired for coercive positions in the entertainment industry. The group also talked about the importance given to a woman's looks while hiring her.
Rodriguez recalled a time when she auditioned for a role and was told to “come back in with a tight black dress” even when the role did not require her to do so. When the 30-year-old asked the reason, she was told that they “need to know if you're pretty enough to be on the cover of a magazine.”
Dunham also shared her side of story when she was body-shamed by one of her male assistants. The guy said in his microphone that he hated to work at a place where a woman was his boss and could not “wait to be back on a show where there's a man at the helm.” The 29-year-old said that the discrimination did not end here. The same guy came up to her at lunch and said he could see she was “really enjoying that buffet.”
Dunham also talked about how badly the women are treated on social media too. She said the whole experience is “truly shocking" and can be compared to “how you imagine people screaming at prisoners in Guantanamo." Meanwhile, the six women posed in beautiful, brightly-colored dresses on the cover page of the magazine. “When the F-word is Funny,” is the tagline.