It isn’t easy being a woman in Hollywood, and Selena Gomez is no stranger to double standards. A month after being fat-shamed, pictures of her from the “Hotel Transylvania 2" premiere are raising some eyebrows.
The pictures show Gomez with costars Adam Sandler and Kevin James, but their looks couldn’t be more different. In their tennis shoes, sweats (or shorts) and T-shirts, Sandler and James look like they're heading out for a lazy day at the park. Which is fine -- they can dress how they want. But it appears from Gomez’s fancy clothing that she doesn't enjoy the same privilege.
What would happen if Gomez showed up at a premiere in sweats and a T-shirt? It seems likely that she'd be put on a number of "Worst Dressed" lists and shamed for it on social media -- just as she was previously shamed in her bikini.
Whatever the story behind the clothing choices of the red carpet premiere, some see these images as being symbolic of bigger issues of sexism in Hollywood. In addition to facing more pressure than men around how they look and dress, women in Hollywood just aren’t given the same opportunities.
Women are paid less than men for acting in movies. Women are so much less likely to be hired for behind-the-scenes work that the ACLU believes the hiring practices for female directors are violating women’s civil rights. In top movies, men get more than two thirds of roles that have speaking lines.
And as women get older (as, you know, we’re all prone to do) they find themselves with fewer hiring opportunities. This happened just recently to Maggie Gyllenhaal. At 37, she was told that she's too old to play the significant other for a 55-year-old male character.
Can you imagine a 37-year-old man being told he's "too old" to be cast with a 55-year-old female character? Scratch that: can you imagine a big Hollywood movie where a 55-year-old woman could even date a 37-year-old man?
Whether there's more to the Selena Gomez picture than meets the eye or not, the perceived symbolism of the image is heating up discussion. Talking about these sorts of issues is the first step in creating understanding and making positive change. And that's always a good thing.