At Canes Film Festival, British-born actress Jodie Turner-Smith scolded Hollywood power brokers for engaging in tokenism instead of truly diversifying the film industry.
Turner-Smith made her comments at the French film festival after the premiere of her latest film, After Yang. During her “Women on Motion” talk, the Queen & Slim star insisted that Hollywood must stop telling the stories of black people without hiring blacks to join the production, AFP reported.
“You have to hire producers who understand what kinds of stories we’re trying to tell and how to honor those stories so that you don’t end up with things that feel like tokenism or strange stereotyping,” the Anne Boleyn lead exclaimed. “So many times, it’s like (producers say), ‘We are going to tell a story that involves black people’, but there are no black people in the writers’ room, and there are no women in the writers’