Responding to the lack of black Academy Award nominees, actress Julie Delpy said she believes there’s “nothing worse than being a woman” in Hollywood and wishes she were black instead.
“Two years ago, I said something about the Academy being very white male, which is the reality, and I was slashed to pieces by the media,” the 46-year-old star told The Wrap on Friday. “It’s funny—women can’t talk. I sometimes wish I were African American because people don’t bash them afterward.”
Delpy may be the first public figure to advocate denouncing their whiteness for, dare I say it, Black Privilege.
Although Julie Delpy has been nominated for two Academy Awards, she believes her life would be much better off in Hollywood if she were a man.
“It’s the hardest to be a woman. Feminists is something people hate above all,” she added. “Nothing worse than being a woman in this business. I really believe that.”
We are only a week in and #OscarsSoWhite has already gone from rich black actors whining about not winning enough trophies to rich white actresses wishing they were black.
Let’s deal with Delpy first.
The child of a mother who was an actress and a father who directed stage productions, Julie Delpy landed her first on-screen gig at the ripe old age of 14. She was nominated for a Cesar Award just two years later. Her net worth currently sits between $10 and $15 million.
Deply’s acting life is hardly the product of the kind of professional despair that permeates Tinseltown. But she doesn’t let that stop her from feeling sorry for herself.
Yet, there is something so incredibly deceptive and alluring about this level of self-absorption. It’s blinding. Buried underneath Delpy’s delusion is the deeper, more dissonance-inducing problem with #OscarsSoWhite.
How can Hollywood persistently lecture the rest of America about being a bunch of uncultured women-hating racist xenophobes, when at its highest and most visible levels of prominence and power be so transparently guilty of the same?