Spy movies playing on the James Bond trope have been boring for years. Even comedies like Archer, which satirizes the genre, are pretty played out at this point. That’s part of the reason why I had low expectations going into Spy, director Paul Feig’s summer spy spoof starring Melissa McCarthy.
You have certainly heard the statistics about women in Hollywood. You know: Women have only 30 percent of speaking parts in the 250 top-grossing films in the US. Actresses are routinely paid less than their male co-stars. Women of color direct only two percent of TV episodes. The thing about these stats is that they’re not only bad—they’re not getting better. The number of women working on major films has not budged in nearly 20 years. On this episode, we talk about how the lack of women in the top-tiers of the film and TV industries isn’t just a Hollywood quirk—it’s systematic discrimination.
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