To make mistakes is only human. I’ve run a stop sign or two in my day, accidentally overdrew my bank account and have even overslept when I was supposed to be at work. People in Hollywood are not immune from mistakes. If anything, there is a spotlight constantly put on them, giving their actions a bigger significance since their fame has given them influence over millions of people. So what is the difference between two celebrities, say like Mel Gibson and Meryl Streep? One has proven to be the epitome of class and has used their fame as a platform for social change. The other is Mel Gibson and has a history of homophobia, racism, alcoholism and misogyny.
After a not nearly long enough exile from the Hollywood eye, Gibson has been openly welcomed back to the A-list after his film Hacksaw Ridge. It’s as if some kind of embargo has lifted and studio execs can confidently bring him back on to films without fear of moral outrage. Or perhaps the support of his return has something to do with the rise of Trump and his terrible rhetoric. Whatever the case, someone like Gibson– whose misdeeds aren’t based on speculation but actual, recorded facts that are just one Google search away –can come back and be thrown high paying, high profile jobs while women (and minorities) have a hard time making it past these executive’s receptionists.
Mel Gibson is currently under consideration to direct the sequel to Suicide Squad, but instead, here is my list of 5 female directors (in no particular order) that should get the job instead.