Jessica Chastain criticizes her all-white magazine cover
'The industry needs to become more inclusive in its storytelling'
Jessica Chastain has joined the chorus of outrage over a racially homogeneous magazine cover — of which she was a part.
Last week, the LA Times Magazine released a cover featuring six awards season contenders in this year’s Best Actress race: Annette Bening, Jessica Chastain, Diane Kruger, Margot Robbie, Saoirse Ronan, and Kate Winslet. Under this image of five blondes and one redhead, the magazine had the shockingly tone-deaf title of the feature: “A Shift in Focus.” Twitter was not amused.
Some of the cover’s critics specifically called out Chastain for taking part in the all-white photo and feature, as she has long been a vocal proponent of a more inclusive Hollywood. Saturday night, the actress didn’t directly respond to those who had addressed her, but did tweet her own criticisms of the all-white cover.
“It’s a sad look that there’s no WOC in this pic of us promoting our female lead [sic] films,” the two-time Oscar nominee — so far the only actress featured on the cover to comment on the controversy — tweeted. “The industry needs to become more inclusive in its storytelling. What were your favorite WOC lead films this year? I LOVED @salmahayek in #BeatriceAtDinner.”
Beyond Hayek’s Sundance drama, however, the actress (and her followers who responded) struggled to come up with a list of titles led by women of color.
The 2017 awards season felt like it might have marked the beginning of some positive change for the Hollywood awards game after the #OscarsSoWhite of years past, with Best Supporting Actor going to Mahershala Ali, Best Supporting Actress to Viola Davis, and Best Picture to Moonlight (despite a small mix-up). This year’s awards season scoreboard proves there’s still a long way to go when it comes to diverse storytelling: Just in the Best Actress race, represented by the LA Times by these six women, all 10 Golden Globes nominations and all five SAG nominations have gone to white actresses.