A patriarchal society – and Hollywood for that matter – likes a good fight between two women. And Sharon Stone is not about to play this tired game.
“To be clear; Meryl Streep is one of the greatest actors of all time, ”Stone tweeted Wednesday. “Just not to the exclusion of others.”
The 63-year-old “Casino” star’s tweet was a clarification of comments she made about Streep in a resurfaced Zoomer profile that went viral on Tuesday.
To some, Stone’s comments read as if she is jealous or talking loudly about the 72-year-old Oscar winner.
“The company was created that we should all envy and admire Meryl because only Meryl had to be the right one,” Stone told Zoomer. “And everyone should compete with Meryl. I think Meryl is an incredibly wonderful woman and actress. But in my opinion, quite frankly, there are other actresses just as talented as Meryl Streep. All of Meryl Streep’s iconography is part of what Hollywood does to women. “
She then pointed out several actresses who she said are on par with the “The Devil Wears Prada” star.
“Viola Davis is quite the actress Meryl Streep. Emma Thompson. Judy Davis. Olivia Colman. Kate Winslet, for heaven’s sake. But you say Meryl and everyone falls to the ground, ”she said, before including herself.
“I’m a much better villain than Meryl. And I’m sure she would say it. Meryl was not going to be good at “Basic Instinct” or “Casino”.
Some on Twitter responded to Stone’s quotes saying that Stone was “out there ending her own career …” or that “To destroy the greatest actress in history is pathetic.” Some have even accused Stone of trying to “cancel” Streep.
But the larger context of Stone’s comments in the profile was about how Hollywood and society in general pit women against each other – and those in the film industry use Streep’s esteem against other equally talented actresses.
In a way, if you read some of the comments rallying Stone in favor of Streep, you can see his point of view.
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