Two words: YES and QUEEN.
In an interview with The Guardian, flawlessness personified Patricia Clarkson did what we all do when the subject turns to the nonsensical male outrage directed toward the Ghostbusters reboot: she laid the fuck down on the couch and got to the truth. She also told Kit Harrington to take off his shirt. TRUTH.
“There are still so many movies made starring 50 men and one woman!” she says, half exasperated, half exhausted. “A white male actor should never be allowed to complain about anything. Shut up and sit in the corner. I mean, seriously! The odds of us having films made which star women … Everyone still references one movie: Bridesmaids! Ghostbusters is a great thing and I love these actresses. I can’t wait to see it.”
Is she concerned about the pressure on such a film to be successful? “Men make bad movies that bomb all the time but they’re like, ‘Oh, well, we didn’t do the marketing right,’” she says. “Eat me!”
I tell her about the complaint of one white male actor, Game of Thrones star Kit Harington, who expressed disappointment at what he sees as a sexist double standard in the industry, saying he’s sick of talking about his hair and his body. “He’s a sex symbol,” Clarkson scoffs. “Get over it. You have an amazing career and you’re on a hot show. Take your shirt off.” More of that cackle.
God damn. I have always known I loved this woman. Now I extra super double know it. Telling white men to shut up and sit down is my favorite thing to do.
Here’s the thing: there’s a lot of garbage in the world right now. It’s just an angry, upsetting place, with different levels of angry and upset being delivered to each subject, because somehow there’s always room. And sometimes, you just need to say “Eat me” to the stupid garbage world.