This is a speech given by British Actress Helen Mirren at The Hollywood Reporter’s “Women in Entertainment” breakfast in 2010, where she was the recipient of the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award. Her audience was female producers, writers and directors, many of whom mentor younger women. She expresses frustration at women being limited by socially prescribed gender roles, saying “Aren’t you sick of being told what you can and can’t do?” Aside from mentorship, Mirren argues for the importance of economic independence in securing power for women. Quoting numbers that demonstrate the immense buying power of women, she is upset that Hollywood “continues to pander to the 18-25 year old male and his penis.”
The following clip comes from a Black Tree TV production. It drew from a 2007 BET special that explored a number of issues surrounding the intersections between rap and hip hop, African American culture, and the broader American society. This clip focuses on the “video girls” of hip hop culture, and the controversies surrounding the use of black females in hip hop videos. With voices from rappers, video models, academics and others, this conversation is a nuanced look at the complicated state of black in femininity as illustrated through hip hop culture.
In this podcast from 2011, Adam Spunberg and Savanna New, hosts of the Hunger Games Fireside Chat podcast talk about the backlash experienced by the makers of theHunger Gamesmovie on account of their casting decisions. There was a significant resistance from some fans of the book upon which the film was based, who felt that the race of some cast members did not match their previously held conceptions.
Produced in 2010, this clip from the major film studio Pixar takes a public stance as a part of the “It Gets Better” Campaign in support of gay rights. It features a number of its LGBT employees, and asserts that LGBT individuals are an important part of the Pixar community whose lifestyles are supported by the company.
Set in New York City’s booming 1960s advertising scene, AMC's Mad Men (2007-present) and creator Matt Weiner have received critical acclaim for years. The show is lauded for its historical authenticity, visual style, costumes, acting, writing, and directing. In this clip, the show’s protagonist, Don Draper, pitches his agency’s campaign for Belle Jolie lipstick.