Jessica Chastain’s response to “The Envelope’s” all-white cover is not enough
While many of us were busy binging on Netflix, family, and cookies over the holiday weekend, a super important conversation took place on Twitter after the cover of the Los Angeles Times‘ The Envelope cover was released with the headline “A Shift In Focus,” referring to diversity in Hollywood, but featuring only white women.
It was a pretty jarring image for most people, including Jessica Chastain, who was included on the cover. Chastain responsed to the Envelope’s lack of diversity on Twitter, stating “Its a sad look that there’s no WOC in this pic of us promoting our female lead films. The industry needs to become more inclusive in its storytelling.” She then asked her followers to name their favorite lead women of color in film this year and lamented that she couldn’t even think of a list herself.
On social media, women of color were the first to point out the fact that there was not one woman of color featured in the group, which is absurd, given that there are so many that could have been included. WNYC reporter Rebecca Carroll was one of the first to call out Chastain directly. She wrote, “Honestly @jes_chastain as an outspoken voice for equality how do you pose for a photo like this and not feel absolutely mortified by the blatant exclusion? How is it possible to not understand the msg this photo sends?”
Chastain responded with her tweet, agreeing, but still dodging the accusation that she didn’t say one single word to anyone throwing the shoot together, as she possibly could have.