Today in Hollywood Sexism we have director Michael Bay giving his disgusting opinion about Kate Beckinsale that absolutely no one asked for. Beckinsale was recently a guest on The Graham Norton Show where she let everyone know that things were tense when she worked with Bay on Pearl Harbor. Not because of anything she did, but because Bay can’t seem to not be sexist.
The actress said that Bay would take any opportunity to comment on both her beauty and her weight, whether it was on set or in the press. Beckinsale commented, “I think he was baffled by me because my boobs weren’t bigger than my head and I wasn’t blond.”
Let’s give her the credit she deserves for taking a hostile working environment and letting it roll off her back, even making it into a joke. That’s the very definition of class.
She went on to say, “I’d just had my daughter and had lost weight… but I was told that if I got the part, I’d have to work out and I just didn’t understand why a 1940s nurse would do that.”
But the worst of it came when Beckinsale explained the way she was treated during the promotional tour. She said, “When we were promoting the film, Michael was asked why he had chosen Ben and Josh, and he said, ‘I have worked with Ben before and I love him, and Josh is so manly and a wonderful actor. Then when he was asked about me, he’d say, ‘Kate wasn’t so attractive that she would alienate the female audience.'”
While this is definitely offensive and sexist toward Beckinsale herself, Bay also managed to insult every woman audience member. He insinuated that women aren’t smart, confident, or pretty enough to see a beautiful woman on screen and stay engaged in a movie.
By the way, it wasn’t a movie you had to pay total attention to as it was based on real-life events, and we all knew the basic story line, Mr. Bay.
Of Winslet, he said, “When you look at Titanic, Kate Winslet is pretty, but not overwhelmingly beautiful. That makes it work better for women.”
Bay, if you are listening, what works for women is being seen as humans, being respected for our talents and for you to stop talking. Just always, when you start talking, don’t.
Here’s to the talented, beautiful and classy Beckinsale. Congratulations for working with the most sexist director and not letting it affect the quality of your work.