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Sexism Watch: The Hollywood Reporter Writers Roundtable

Women and Hollywood By Melissa Silverstein | Women and Hollywood November 22, 2011 at 10:35AM

It kind of feels like I am experiencing deja vu.  I just don't understand how the folks at The Hollywood Reporter can continue to publish these types of pieces without anyone saying hey, wait a minute, how about including some women?  Where are the editors of the magazine?  Isn't the Editorial Director a woman?
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It kind of feels like I am experiencing deja vu.  I just don't understand how the folks at The Hollywood Reporter can continue to publish these types of pieces without anyone saying hey, wait a minute, how about including some women?  Where are the editors of the magazine?  Isn't the Editorial Director a woman?

So let's just agree that they are completely tone deaf, sexist and kind of stupid because including women in this roundtable is such a no brainer (it would be even easier than the directors roundtable.)

I don't understand how they can have a roundtable of "6 A-list Hollywood screenwriters" talking about the awards season this year and not include the hottest screenwriters of the year Kristin Wiig and Annie Mumolo who wrote the game changing Bridesmaids.  Is it because it is a comedy? 

And again, I take issue with their decision on bestowing A list screenwriter status on the six men in the room.  I don't recall Pedro Almodovar ever being called an "A List" writer.  People usually talk about his directing, not necessarily his writing.  And while I know this is Oscar season but if they really wanted to include an "A List" female writer - how about Melissa Rosenberg who can do what she wants now thanks to the success of the Twilight films.

They included Steve McQueen director of Shame from England in the directors roundtable but did not include the film's co-writer Abi Morgan who also has written the upcoming film The Iron Lady starring Meryl Streep.  Sounds pretty "A List" to me.

Giving them a bit of the benefit of the doubt since Abi lives in England and Kristin works in NYC...I seriously can't find any  excuse not to include Oscar award winning writer Diablo Cody whose film Young Adult opens next month.  Sounds pretty "A list" to me.  And they included the director of Young Adult Jason Reitman in the directing panel.  So he rates a place at the table and she doesn't?  Something smells really bad here.

I came up with all those names off the top of my head.  I'm sure there are so many more.  What other female "A List" writers can we come up with?

*** FYI- We are still having some picture difficulties.  There are supposed to be 6 men in the picture.***