Maria Bello says only in Hollywood could a woman announce she’s in love with another woman and still be fully accepted and embraced by her peers. I’m pretty sure that’s not true, but it’s certainly not going to hurt you get some gigs when you’re two years out from fifty and Meryl Streep owns all the middle aged woman roles.
It makes me so proud of our community that they would be open to ‘whatevers.’ I think we are all whatevers — we are all a bunch of gypsies in this community. And when people say “Hollywood, oh we are so pretentious,” I say 99% of Hollywood, they are the greatest most open people you will ever meet. I am proud of our Hollywood community.
Bello calls everybody who refuses to define their sexuality by a label as a ‘whatever’. I’m not sure how the fight breaks down when the whatevers come up against the gays, but if you’ve ever seen a lesbian content with her label get to brawling, you’d know where to put your money. Bello’s statements are in sharp contrast to Joss Whedon last week declaring himself unqualified to support feminist causes because he’s rich and white and straight and male. Whedon ought to consider joining Bello’s non-judgmental Hollywood, though I bet when you dig a bit deeper into the whatevers application you’ll note they’re not taking rich white straight men.
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