It’s coming up on the year anniversary of Liz Taylor’s death, and there’s a new book out by M.G. Lord called The Accidental Feminist: How Elizabeth Taylor Raised Our Consciousness and We Were Too Distracted by Her Beauty to Notice. The book itself is getting a lot of criticism from readers, most of who are saying that Lord was just trying to capitalize on Taylor’s passing and his book is flimsy and not well-thought out. But this article isn’t really going to be about the book, it’s going to be about Elizabeth Taylor and how yes, she actually was a feminist.
There is no doubt in my mind that Liz was a feminist. I’ve watched countless documentaries and read biographies and her strength was always so astounding to me. She endured so much illness, heartbreak, and the death of close friends. She was at the forefront of so much tragedy. One story that always stuck with me was when Liz threw a party at her house, her good friend, Monty Clift, drove away later that night and got into an accident on her property. Liz heard the crash and ran to his car. Clift was inside and paparazzi were already taking photos of him. Liz ran to the car, grabbed Clift, looked at the photographers and said, “If one single picture is published I’ll make sure you never work in this industry again.” Not one picture was published. Liz was that powerful and that protective of those she loved.
There are endless accounts of Rock Hudson, James Dean, and Montgomery Clift always hanging around Liz, and every one said it’s because she was so loving and motherly to them. They all had a secret, they all …
On the off chance that this is the first time you’ve heard of this story, or if you simply skimmed a couple of headlines and never either watched or read all of von Trier’s “controversial” pro-Hitler rant, here it is:
The only thing I can tell you is that I thought I was a Jew for a long time and was very happy being a Jew, then later on came Susanne Bier, and suddenly I wasn’t so happy about being a Jew. That was a joke. Sorry. But it turned out that I was not a Jew. If I’d been a Jew, then I would be a second-wave Jew, a kind of a new-wave Jew, but anyway, I really wanted to be a Jew and then I found out that I was really a Nazi, because my family is German. And that also gave me some pleasure. So, I, what can I say? I understand Hitler. I think he did some wrong things but I can see him sitting in his bunker. I’m saying that I think I understand the man. He is not what we could call a good guy, but yeah, I understand much about him and I sympathize with him … But come on! I’m not for the Second World War. And I’m not against Jews. No, not even Susanne Bier. I am very much for them. As much as Israelis are a pain in the ass. How do I get out of this sentence? Okay, I am a Nazi. As for the art, I’m for Speer. Albert Speer I liked. He was also one of God’s best children. He has a talent that … Okay, enough.
Cannes then banned the director, but not before asking him to issue the following apology:
“I don’t think any gay person is going to be happy and bring joy to themselves and other people unless they can be honest about their sexuality, and if other people don’t like that honestly, that’s a comment on them and not on the person who is being honest…That might seem a harsh thing to say to a young actor who is being advised by an agent to stay in the closet. There are no openly gay stars in Hollywood, so someone is telling them to shut up.”
Although there are now more openly gay people in the entertainment industry than ever before, I would argue that many of them are still restricted on how they can be gay. In …
Variety has just released their annual Women’s Impact Report for 2010, which features important women in the entertainment industry. This year’s issue is divided into sections that discuss everything from women in the field who are also involved in charities, to head studio executives and lawyers.
But reading these articles made me wonder how helpful minority-focused lists are at diversifying certain sectors. Obviously, they’re representing a group of people that aren’t often present on gender neutral lists of powerful individuals, but it seems almost as though they’re defeating their own purpose by separating women out. And in the entertainment industry in particular, how helpful is it …