So, in episode 4 of FEUD: Bette & Joan, Pauline sits down for a Pepsi-centric lunch with Mamacita at a Howard Johnson’s.
OK, maybe it wasn’t a Howard Johnson’s. They didn’t serve Pepsi; they had HoJo Cola.
But that is neither here nor there. What does matter is the bit of conversation that goes on between them regarding Mamacita’s in-depth census research at the public library and how women are going to outnumber men by 6 million in 1970. So it is easy to assume that more women would mean higher demand for women’s films, and that demand will force studios to make more films by and for women.
And then I cried a little. I literally cried into my ice cream (I always eat ice cream while watching FEUD) because it never happened–the movies made by and for women. All this time and it still hasn’t happened.
We spend a shit ton of money and we out-live all the men, but women don’t matter as much as they should. Especially when they cross over into “old broad” territory and are no longer “fuckable.”
Men like Mr. Jack Warner did almost everything he could to keep his female employees down. Especially when he said that Bette Davis had Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve &Talent.
Speaking of which, Alaska showed she had enough Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve & Talent to win All-Stars 2 with her epic interpretation of Baby Jane Hudson:
But back to Jack Warner! Thanks to Johna Blinn and her celebrity cooking column, we have even more reasons to hate Jack Warner after this story:
One of Warner’s corniest jokes happened during a luncheon honoring Madame Chiang Kai-shek. he had just bought the movie right s to Col. Robert Scott’s book, God is My Co-Pilot. “Bob had been with the Flying Tigers and kept telling all these things about Madame Chiang Kai-shek to the point I was disbelieveing. I arrived at the luncheon late and when I saw this sea of inscrutable oriental faces I was immediately overcome by a fiendish impulse. When I met her I said, “Holy Cow! I forgot to pick up my laundry!”
I don’t even know what any of that paragraph even means. But it sounds totally super-racist, right?
But we also a recipe for his broiled salmon!