Meryl Streep attacks Rotten Tomatoes, Saudi Arabia and Vatican: Why
Meryl Streep is hogging limelight for taking strong stand on something that is dear to her heart. The Hollywood star is actually championing the cause of women’s rights both on and off the screen and her fans are loving it.
It is rather well-known that Meryl Streep campaigns for women’s right to vote in her new film Suffragette. She has been very determined to speak out and take action.
During the BFI London Film Festival premiere on Wednesday she was very candid on the issue. “The word isn’t ‘disheartening,’ it’s ‘infuriating,'” and went on to add that the popular movie review website Rotten Tomatoes is the main offender.
While talking about it she said, “I went deep, deep, deep, deep into Rotten Tomatoes, and I counted how many contributors there were – critics and bloggers and writers”.
If that was not enough she further said, “And of those allowed to rate on the Tomatometer, there are 168 women. And I thought, ‘that’s absolutely fantastic.’ And then, if there were 168 men, it would be balanced. If there were 268 men, it would unfair but I’d get used to it. If there were 368, 468, 568 … Actually there are 760 men who weight in on the Tomatometer.”
She is not the one to mince words. “I submit to you that men and women are not the same. They like different things. Sometimes they like the same things, but their tastes diverge. If the Tomatometer is slided so completely to one set of tastes, that drives box office in the U.S., absolutely.” Streep plays Emmeline Pankhurst in the film. Pankhurst was the leader of the women’s rights movement in Britain before and after World War I and she backed the idea of using acts of civil disobedience to accomplish her goals.
While talking to The Beast she castigated two nations for being anti-women. “I mean the Church is a body that excludes peopleâ€¦There are two places you can’t vote in the world – in Saudi Arabia, although they are registering people supposedly, and the Vatican. That seems wrong to meâ€, she added.