Emma Thompson: Sexism in industry has gotten worse

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Emma Thompson: Sexism in Industry Has Gotten Worse

Emma Thompson has called out sexism in the film industry again, saying she hasn't seen any advancement in the treatment of women. In fact, things have gotten worse for female, she argued.

The British screen icon, speaking to a U.K. weekly magazine, added her voice to a recent spate of complaints from stars such as Maggie Gyllenhaal and Helen Mirren.

"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," she told Radio Times. "So no, I am not impressed, at all. I think it's still completely shit, actually."

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BURBANK, CA - DECEMBER 09: Actress Emma Thompson attends the U.S. premiere of Disney's 'Saving Mr. Banks', the untold backstory of how the classic film 'Mary Poppins' made it to the screen, at the Walt Disney Studios on December 9, 2013 in Burbank, California. The film opens this Holiday season. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07: Emma Thompson, winner of the Richard Harris Award poses at an after party for the Moet British Independent Film Awards 2014 at Old Billingsgate Market on December 7, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images for The Moet British Independent Film Awards)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07: Keira Knightley (L) and Emma Thompson attend an after party celebrating The Moet British Independent Film Awards 2014 at Old Billingsgate Market on December 7, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for The Moet British Independent Film Awards)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11: Emma Thompson speaks onstage at the 3rd annual Sean Penn & Friends HELP HAITI HOME Gala benefiting J/P HRO presented by Giorgio Armani at Montage Beverly Hills on January 11, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for J/P Haitian Relief Organization)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 06: Emma Thompson attends the launch of The Estee Lauder Companies' UK Breast Cancer Awareness (BCA) Campaign 2014 'Hear Our Stories. Share Yours' at Kensington Palace on October 6, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for Estee Lauder)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 11: Actress Phyllida Law wears her Officer of the Order of the British Empire) award, with daughters Sophie Thompson and Emma Thompson (R) after the Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace on November 11, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by John Stillwell-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 05: Actress Emma Thompson attends the 2014 The New York Philharmonic Spring Gala featuring 'Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street' at Josie Robertson Plaza at Lincoln Center on March 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 02: Actress Emma Thompson signs copies of 'The Spectacular Tale Of Peter Rabbit'at Barnes & Noble Tribeca on October 2, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 20: Emma Thompson attends a photocall for BAFTA's Screenwriter Lecture series at BFI Southbank on September 20, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 05: Actors Emma Thompson (L) and Bryn Terfel perform at the 2014 The New York Philharmonic Spring Gala featuring 'Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street' at Josie Robertson Plaza at Lincoln Center on March 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 11: Emma Thompson attends the UK premiere of 'Walking On Sunshine' at The Vue West End on June 11, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
British actress Emma Thompson (L) with daughter Gaia Wise (R) arriving on the red carpet for the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House in London on February 16, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW COWIE (Photo credit should read ANDREW COWIE/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Emma Thompson poses in the winners room at the EE British Academy Film Awards 2014 at The Royal Opera House on February 16, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: Actress Emma Thompson speaks as The New York Times and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences host a conversation with Emma Thompson, star of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures' 'Saving Mr. Banks' moderated by Janet Maslin on November 15, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Walt Disney Studios)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 20: Actress Emma Thompson attends the Closing Night Gala European Premiere of 'Saving Mr Banks' during the 57th BFI London Film Festival at Odeon Leicester Square on October 20, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for BFI)
LTORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 12: Actors Emma Thompson and Pierce Brosnan of 'Love Punch' poses at the Guess Portrait Studio during 2013 Toronto International Film Festival on September 12, 2013 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
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Thompson, recently seen playing a 77-year-old prostitute opposite Robert Carlyle in the Scottish actor's directorial debut, The Legend of Barney Thomson, admitted that she used to believe things were getting better.

"When I was younger, I really did think we were on our way to a better world. 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," she said.

"So 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."

Speaking at The Hollywood Reporter's annual Actress Roundtable in 2013, Thompson had said that in her 30s she was offered a "string of roles that basically involved saying to a man, 'please don't go and do that brave thing. Don't! No, no, no, no, no!," adding that she was proud to have said no to them all.

"Are people writing better parts for women now?" Thompson added at the time. "What the ding-don heck is doing on if this still something we're talking about?"

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