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Emma Thompson Says Hollywood Sexism Is Worse Than Ever

Emma Thompson thinks that the movie industry has regressed when it comes to its treatment of women.

Thompson, who’s never one to mince words, said Hollywood sexism is “still completely s—.”

“I don’t think there’s any appreciable improvement, and I think that, for women, the question of how they are supposed to look is worse than it was even when I was young,” Thompson said in an interview with U.K. magazine Radio Times. “So no, I am not impressed, at all. I think it’s still completely s—, actually.”

Thompson, whose roles range from “Nanny McPhee” to “Saving Mr. Banks,” said she used to be hopeful, but has since come to realize that the situation is grim.

“When I was younger, I really did think we were on our way to a better world,” she said. “And when I look at it now, it is in a worse state than I have known it, particularly for women, and I find that very disturbing and sad.”

Thompson joins the likes of actors Meryl Streep, Helen Mirren, Sandra Bullock and Maggie Gyllenhaal, who have recently decried Hollywood’s gender gap, denouncing the sexism in the industry and lack of film roles for older women.

“I get behind as many young female performers as I can, and actually a lot of the conversations with them are about exactly the fact that we are facing and writing about the same things and nothing has changed, and that some forms of sexism and unpleasantness to women have become more entrenched and indeed more prevalent,” Thompson said.

Thompson plays a 77-year-old prostitute in her latest film, “The Legend of Barney Thompson,” which she admits is “a bit ageist” as she’s only 56.

“It would be really nice to get someone who is actually 77 to play her, but it’s a wildly comic role and I couldn’t resist,” she said.

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