‘Variety’ magazine has been facing backlash over their Hollywood writers’ event. Reason being, the twelve-member panel includes only one woman. The event is scheduled to take place on June 14.
One-woman feature gathers criticism
The event called ‘A Night In the Writers’ Room’ will be taking place at The Jeremy Hotel in West Hollywood. It will be broken down into two talks, one with drama writers, and another with comedy writers. Out of the 10 showrunners participating in the event, there is only one woman: Mom co-creator, Gemma Baker.
Other writers listed include The Americans‘ John Fields and Judd Apatow, set to speak on his TV series Crashing.
Here are some tweets expressing their disgust:
I'm going to use this as an example every time people tell me there's no reason to talk about women in positions of power in the entertainment business because things have gotten better.
12 panelists and only one is a woman. Terrible. https://t.co/EBkvzK6Pf5
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) June 5, 2018
Yo @Variety your writers room event is unacceptably light on women. If you need help finding some, I’ll gladly send some names your way. I’ve got binders. pic.twitter.com/TrIwafam8y
— LaToya Morgan (@MorganicInk) June 5, 2018
Can we talk about the invite I just received for @Variety's "A Night in the Writers' Room". 12 panelists. ONE WOMAN. WTF, Variety???? pic.twitter.com/EbZ2x4sHRS
— jamie pachino (@jpachino) June 5, 2018
Hollywood writers and stars were not happy with the gender disparity.
Liz Hannah, the screenwriter behind The Post, expressed her disappointment. However, it is what she later went on to do that deserves a big applaud.
So… are we all really just shouting into a vacuum? pic.twitter.com/OQpfTh7lQr
— Liz Hannah (@itslizhannah) June 5, 2018
Seriously @variety. Have we not learned anything? pic.twitter.com/otUKkwUwDO
— Melissa Silverstein (@melsil) June 5, 2018
Variety issues apology
The magazine has issued an apology and said it is “working on rectifying” the mistake.
“On behalf of Variety, we apologize for the egregious oversight regarding the lack of female writers participating in our upcoming A Night in the Writers’ Room event. We hear you loud and clear, and are currently working on rectifying our mistake.“
On behalf of Variety, we apologize for the egregious oversight regarding the lack of female writers participating in our upcoming A Night in the Writers' Room event. We hear you loud and clear, and are currently working on rectifying our mistake.
— Variety (@Variety) June 5, 2018
Two of the men panelists have publicly stated they had contacted event coordinators and made it clear they were willing to be replaced by female writers.
Just notified them that I am happy to be replaced. And statistically and morally should be replaced.
— David Shore (@shorez) June 5, 2018
In a befitting response now all-women show-runner panel at Twitter headquarters on June 13
Liz Hannah announced an all-women show-runner panel that will happen on June 13 at the Twitter headquarters in Los Angeles. Many came forward to help her organise the event which serves as a hard-hitting response to Variety.
“I’m thrilled to announce that the female showrunner panel will be hosted at @TwitterLA next Wednesday evening!” Hannah tweeted. “More details about live-streaming and invites to come soon. I can’t thank everyone enough for their passion for this!”
If any female showrunners want to do a panel on Thursday night, I will moderate and organize. https://t.co/R1IXBMOXWN
— Liz Hannah (@itslizhannah) June 5, 2018
The Writers Guild Foundation responded to Hannah’s tweet: “how can we help?”
how can we help?
— Writers Guild Foundation (@WritersGuildF) June 5, 2018
Krista Vernoff, showrunner of Grey’s Anatomy, also added “I’m in” on Hannah’s panel request. Earlier, Busy Philips expressed similar outrage on Twitter, listing all of the potential women who could belong on the panel.
Hey @Variety! Here are some ideas for you! *Jenni Konner&Lena Dunham*Melissa Rosenberg* *Tina Fey*Marti Noxon&Sarah Gertude Shapiro*Liz Flahive&Carly Mensch*Nahnatchka Khan*Maurissa Tancharoen*Jessica Queller*Shonda Rhimes*Jenji Kohan*Rachel Bloom&Aliene Brosh McKenna pic.twitter.com/CbzL9Fppom
— Busy Philipps (@BusyPhilipps) June 5, 2018
Further, on Wednesday, June 6, Variety hosted a Path to Parity Summit which discussed ways in which the entertainment industry “can move forward to achieve true equality for women.”
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Bhawana is an intern with SheThePeople.TV