They Put 7 Famous Actresses Together. I Only Wish Their Conversation Shocked Me More.

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 couldn't swim in hot weather," he remembers, "and the municipal outdoor pool would close down in August."

Then, in 1954 clinical trials began for Dr. Jonas Salk's vaccine against polio and within a year, his vaccine was announced safe. "I got that vaccine at school," John says. Within two years, U.S. polio cases had dropped 85-95 percent — even before a second vaccine was developed by Dr. Albert Sabin in the 1960s. "I remember how much better things got after the vaccines came out. They changed everything," John says.

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In celebration of the power of science we spoke to three people: an individual, a medical provider, and a vaccine scientist about how vaccines have impacted them throughout their lives. Here are their answers:

John Scully, 79, resident of Florida

Photo courtesy of John Scully

When John Scully was born, America was in the midst of an epidemic: tens of thousands of children in the United States were falling ill with paralytic poliomyelitis — otherwise known as polio, a disease that attacks the central nervous system and often leaves its victims partially or fully paralyzed.

"As kids, we were all afraid of getting polio," he says, "because if you got polio, you could end up in the dreaded iron lung and we were all terrified of those." Iron lungs were respirators that enclosed most of a person's body; people with severe cases often would end up in these respirators as they fought for their lives.

John remembers going to see matinee showings of cowboy movies on Saturdays and, before the movie, shorts would run. "Usually they showed the news," he says, "but I just remember seeing this one clip warning us about polio and it just showed all these kids in iron lungs." If kids survived the iron lung, they'd often come back to school on crutches, in leg braces, or in wheelchairs.

"We all tried to be really careful in the summer — or, as we called it back then, 'polio season,''" John says. This was because every year around Memorial Day, major outbreaks would begin to emerge and they'd spike sometime around August. People weren't really sure how the disease spread at the time, but many believed it traveled through the water. There was no cure — and every child was susceptible to getting sick with it.

"We couldn't swim in hot weather," he remembers, "and the municipal outdoor pool would close down in August."

Then, in 1954 clinical trials began for Dr. Jonas Salk's vaccine against polio and within a year, his vaccine was announced safe. "I got that vaccine at school," John says. Within two years, U.S. polio cases had dropped 85-95 percent — even before a second vaccine was developed by Dr. Albert Sabin in the 1960s. "I remember how much better things got after the vaccines came out. They changed everything," John says.

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