Girl on Girl crime: What’s the source of competition in the bizz.

5 Feb

Okay, so it’s no surprise to anyone that Hollywood is a rough business that can get downright nasty.  And for the ladies behind the scenes, the power struggle against the “good ol’ boys’ club” is well documented.

However, I wonder would this fight for power and position be made easier if all women, especially those who have managed to wield some kind of power, came together as a totally united front? You know what I’m talking about too!

Girl fights.
The backstabbing.
The gossiping.
The sabotaging.
The bitchy things we think, say, and do to fellow women in the workplace.
If this cuts too close to home,  I challenge you to read on.

A little friction is good for ya!

Sure, there are plenty of groups, boards, and coalitions that summit and commit strong words to making change… but why isn’t there enough of this coveted change?  Yes, money plays a big factor! Dollars and “a name” will get your movie made, even if the script sucks — Trust me, I’ve been a witness!  And 95% of the time, those women who are established studio filmmakers, will get their projects funded, but for a budget much less than their male counterparts.  Surely, there are high-ranking ladies running the top production studios in Hollywood… so why can’t they look out for their fellow FlickChicks? Not every female director is asking to direct the next “Fried Green Tomatoes”, great film all the same, but still a niche “chick-flick”. So what is it?

I often speculate that; when ladies in the bizz finally get some money, power, and position, after years of (maybe) not having it, the thought of sharing it with, and/or fighting other women for it, may conjure up the fear of losing what took so long to get. No matter how delusional the notion may be!  And maybe that’s why there is such a disparity of “female protegés”, whether they be directors, producers, writers, or what have you.  Am I right in what I’ve come up with? In the way I have found to explain this to myself?

This distinct lack of protégés business doesn’t affect the men of Hollywood like it plagues its women. On this, I am 100% sure, for instance, some definite & specific examples quickly come to mind, of Spielberg protégé’s.  Famous directors, such as Robert Zemeckis, M. Night Shyamalan, and James Moll, Spielberg’s personal in-house documentarian — man,  that is a sick job!  The only rarity I could add to that line up, that now makes Spielberg a pioneer (and one you can’t totally resent), is Drew Barrymore.  However,  with her last name and long running history with the “berg” it’s no surprise.

Even Spielberg was the protegé of someone. And that someone was Francis Ford Coppola.  He’s a nice fella by the way. Come on, even Martin Scorsese mentored Spike Lee, so you can’t say it’s a race thing….Or is it?  Are women competitive with each other along the basis of races?  Can the same be said about competition between women within the same race, especially minority groups? That’s a touchy subject that I will no doubt touch on another time.

And in this game, the generation gap, though a factor that some may want to throw in a person’s face, is an argument that holds no weight.  In this land, 40 is the new 30, and 30 the new 20, and 20 is the new “Beiber”, the younger you are the more valuable.

So, I’m lead to believe that this whole thing of not enough women truly lifting up one another, no matter what, even for the sake of a legacy (something the men seem to do just fine) comes from FEAR!

Success for ladies in power positions is such a rare thing, like the last water skin in the desert… it’s survival of the fittest.

But does it have to be this way?  Like our argument to this country’s oil barons, whom we are fighting now for clean energy, more people can get around and make it if we learn how to distribute the wealth. Right?  So if this idea were adopted, would the playing field for women in film be leveled a bit?

What do you think?


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