Just ask Emma Stone. The La La Land star, who is featured on the cover of this month's Rolling Stone, opened up to the magazine about some of her past struggles dealing with men in Hollywood. “There are times in the past, making a movie, when I’ve been told that I’m hindering the process by bringing up an opinion or an idea,” she said.
Stone, who has proved herself to be hilarious as well as a talented actress, added that sometimes directors would take her one-liners and then use them in the movie, but give them to a male character instead.
She was hesitant to call it sexism. But that sure seems like what it is.
“I hesitate to make it about being a woman, but there have been times when I’ve improvised, they’ve laughed at my joke and then given it to my male co-star. Given my joke away,” she said. “Or it’s been me saying, ‘I really don’t think this line is gonna work,’ and being told, ‘Just say it, just say it, if it doesn’t work we’ll cut it out’ — and they didn’t cut it out, and it really didn’t work!’”
This sounds infuriating. Are women often brilliant and hilarious? Of course! But that doesn't mean men are licensed to steal our jokes, when they could make their own.
I've heard men can be funny, too, sometimes.