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Don't you just love it when celebrities aren't afraid to put the media in its place? At this year's Hollywood Reporter roundtable, that's exactly what happened.

Every year, The Hollywood Reporter hosts a series of roundtable discussions with famous people in The Biz. They chat about their work from the year, key issues that came up, stuff like that. This year's roundtable of actresses featured a lot of talk about the media. It can be boiled down to this: YO MEDIA, what's your problem!? Here are a couple key moments from the interview.

It started when Patricia Arquette pointed out some of the ridiculous double standards for actresses.


What's Patricia Arquette really saying here? She's saying that the media wants women to be open and vulnerable and raw, but only if they are also delicate and pretty. When an actress makes a deliberate acting choice to not show their character as dainty and sweet, she is judged as if that is simply a failure of her own body — her body is too masculine, or she was the wrong choice for the part.

This clip was pulled from the actresses' responses to a question that's posed at 10:44 in the video embedded below: "What's your most embarrassing moment in Hollywood?"

And when the conversation turned to violation of privacy, Reese Witherspoon spoke up about how appallingly the media treats women.

Then the August 2014 hacking and leak of nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence and others came up. The members of the roundtable had some strong opinions.

If you're curious to check out that whole clip of the interview and hear from the other actresses, head to 34:19 in the embedded video at the bottom of this post.

I wish we didn't have to have these conversations — because I wish we lived in a world without the rampant sexism that necessitates them.

I wish the media didn't tear women down all the time. I wish we could appreciate an actress' interpretation of a certain character without holding her up to our idea of how delicate and vulnerable all women must be. I wish I was more shocked by the instances of everyday sexism these celebrities — and all women — face.

Until then, I applaud these celebrities for speaking out.

If you'd like to catch the whole roundtable discussion, here's the video. It's pretty long, but there are quite a few great moments if you've got the time to check it out.

Note:Before you go, I would like to address the lack of diversity in this year's drama actress roundtable. This year's discussion featured seven amazingly talented white actresses. While the discussion was lively and important, it did not address any problems that non-white women are facing in Hollywood. Is there anyone on this year's roundtable that didn't deserve to be there? Absolutely not. Are there plenty of non-white actresses who did deserve to be featured? Yes. I look forward to seeing a more diverse array of women in next year's selection.

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We can all be part of the giving movement

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We all know that small acts of kindness can turn into something big, but does that apply to something as small as a pair of socks?

Yes, it turns out. More than you might think.

A fresh pair of socks is a simple comfort easily taken for granted for most, but for individuals experiencing homelessness—they are a rare commodity. Currently, more than 500,000 people in the U.S. are experiencing homelessness on any given night. Being unstably housed—whether that’s couch surfing, living on the streets, or somewhere in between—often means rarely taking your shoes off, walking for most if not all of the day, and having little access to laundry facilities. And since shelters are not able to provide pre-worn socks due to hygienic reasons, that very basic need is still not met, even if some help is provided. That’s why socks are the #1 most requested clothing item in shelters.

homelessness, bombasSocks are a simple comfort not everyone has access to

When the founders of Bombas, Dave Heath and Randy Goldberg, discovered this problem, they decided to be part of the solution. Using a One Purchased = One Donated business model, Bombas helps provide not only durable, high-quality socks, but also t-shirts and underwear (the top three most requested clothing items in shelters) to those in need nationwide. These meticulously designed donation products include added features intended to offer comfort, quality, and dignity to those experiencing homelessness.

Over the years, Bombas' mission has grown into an enormous movement, with more than 75 million items donated to date and a focus on providing support and visibility to the organizations and people that empower these donations. These are the incredible individuals who are doing the hard work to support those experiencing —or at risk of—homelessness in their communities every day.

Folks like Shirley Raines, creator of Beauty 2 The Streetz. Every Saturday, Raines and her team help those experiencing homelessness on Skid Row in Los Angeles “feel human” with free makeovers, haircuts, food, gift bags and (thanks to Bombas) fresh socks. 500 pairs, every week.

beauty 2 the streetz, skid row laRaines is out there helping people feel their beautiful best

Or Director of Step Forward David Pinson in Cincinnati, Ohio, who offers Bombas donations to those trying to recover from addiction. Launched in 2009, the Step Forward program encourages participation in community walking/running events in order to build confidence and discipline—two major keys to successful rehabilitation. For each marathon, runners are outfitted with special shirts, shoes—and yes, socks—to help make their goals more achievable.

step forward, helping homelessness, homeless non profitsRunning helps instill a sense of confidence and discipline—two key components of successful recovery

Help even reaches the Front Street Clinic of Juneau, Alaska, where Casey Ploof, APRN, and David Norris, RN give out free healthcare to those experiencing homelessness. Because it rains nearly 200 days a year there, it can be very common for people to get trench foot—a very serious condition that, when left untreated, can require amputation. Casey and Dave can help treat trench foot, but without fresh, clean socks, the condition returns. Luckily, their supply is abundant thanks to Bombas. As Casey shared, “people will walk across town and then walk from the valley just to come here to get more socks.”

step forward clinic, step forward alaska, homelessness alaskaWelcome to wild, beautiful and wet Alaska!

The Bombas Impact Report provides details on Bombas’s mission and is full of similar inspiring stories that show how the biggest acts of kindness can come from even the smallest packages. Since its inception in 2013, the company has built a network of over 3,500 Giving Partners in all 50 states, including shelters, nonprofits and community organizations dedicated to supporting our neighbors who are experiencing- or at risk- of homelessness.

Their success has proven that, yes, a simple pair of socks can be a helping hand, an important conversation starter and a link to humanity.

You can also be a part of the solution. Learn more and find the complete Bombas Impact Report by clicking here.

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This article originally appeared on 07.10.21


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