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Dark, Twisted Fairy Tales ‘Beauty & The Beast’ Is Based on

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Illustration by Walter Crane for an 1874 edition of Beauty and the Beast.

A wealthy merchant falls into penury after his ships founder at sea. He moves his family to the countryside to live a more frugal lifestyle. His six daughters and six sons resent the loss of their comfortable life, their social engagements, and their many admirers. His youngest daughter, Beauty, is the only one to make the best of the circumstances, throwing herself into the daily upkeep of the home in order to keep the family clean and fed. Her older sisters, who are less beautiful and less dutiful, resent her, and they mock her for contenting herself with menial work.

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Then, the merchant receives a welcome surprise: One of his ships, thought to be lost at sea, has come safely to harbor with its full cargo. His children think their fortune will surely be restored. When he sets out for the city to deal with his freight, he takes with him requests from his sons and daughters for expensive clothes and other gifts. Only Beauty is hesitant to ask for a gift, and finally asks that he bring her a single red rose. 

Now is the story starting to sound familiar? One more hint: A live-action film based on the fairy tale is hitting theaters this week.

Like so many fairy tales, “Beauty and the Beasthas evolved considerably during its journey from oral tradition to the page to the screen. Moreover, there is not only one literary version ― but dozens. Today, Disney-fied fairy tales are most familiar to the masses in their animated forms; the originals, when revisited, can seem comparatively brutal and dark.

Unlike Disney’s “Cinderella” and “Snow White,” however, “Beauty and the Beast” hardly sugarcoats the violence of the original. It’s literally a romance between a captive woman and the monster she at first believes might physically attack her.

Still, the original fairy tale might not sound terribly familiar to readers.

The definitive, most well-circulated version, “La Belle et le Bête,” was composed by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont and published in 1756. Her story, a short and sweet tale with a small cast of archetypal characters ― the ingénue, the loving yet hapless father, the protective brothers and jealous sisters, and the hideous but noble-hearted hero.

That’s right: Though Disney’s Belle is an only child, in the classic tale she has siblings. Unsurprisingly, her sisters serve the role of foils for Beauty. She’s gorgeous, they’re merely average-looking; she’s generous, they’re selfish and envious; she’s hardworking, they’re lazy; she’s well-read, they’re frivolous:

The youngest, as she was handsomer, was also better than her sisters. The two eldest had a great deal of pride, because they were rich. They gave themselves ridiculous airs, and would not visit other merchants’ daughters, nor keep company with any but persons of quality. They went out every day to parties of pleasure, balls, plays, concerts, and so forth, and they laughed at their youngest sister, because she spent the greatest part of her time in reading good books.

In Beaumont’s story, Beauty’s father, a ruined merchant, stumbles upon the Beast’s castle when returning from a futile trip to recover profits from a trading ship that unexpectedly returned to harbor. Caught in a storm, he takes refuge in a mysterious castle where he meets no one, but finds food, a fire, and a bed prepared for him. When he leaves, he takes a single rose from the garden to bring Beauty ― which brings the Beast’s wrath down upon him. In exchange for his life being spared, he agrees to return with one of his daughters. Beauty agrees to go, though she’s fearful that the monster will eat her.

Instead, she’s given a lavish chamber and plied with good food and constant entertainments. She never sees anyone ― except in the evening, when the Beast joins her for dinner. She enjoys his sensible conversation, but every night he asks her to marry him, and she refuses. Finally, after several months, she admits that while she’s quite attached to him, she misses her family. The Beast allows her to return home for a visit, but warns that if she delays her return, he will die of grief.

This is where the sisters get extra vicious! Jealous of the finery Beauty wears upon her return, they overwhelm her with affection so that she will miss her deadline, assuming that the Beast will kill her and eat her in his anger. Instead, Beauty returns late and finds the Beast dying of sadness. Seeing him on his deathbed, she realizes that she loves him and begs him to live and marry her. Immediately, he is restored to his handsome, princely self ― and Beauty is rewarded for choosing a virtuous husband over a handsome or witty one. Her sisters are condemned to be living statues outside the castle, forever viewing their sister’s better fortune.

OK, sure, this isn’t too different from Disney’s take. But this is only the beginning. It turns out that Beaumont’s fairy tale was an abridged adaptation of a 1740 story written by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve ― very abridged.

Villeneuve’s “La Belle et le Bête” features monkeys that speak via parrot interpreters (they serve Beauty and keep her company in the palace), five jealous sisters and six brothers, and an exhaustingly elaborate backstory ― revealed at the conclusion of the tale ― involving ugly evil fairies attempting to force handsome princes into marriage, baby princesses being snatched from the cradle, and both fairy and human political struggles for power.

The didactic message of the story is also more heavy-handed, and more retrograde: Beauty has an imaginary lover, a handsome prince who speaks to her in her dreams; in the same dreams, she’s visited by a lovely woman who urges her to look past superficial qualities. Beauty has fallen in love with her dream prince, but the longer she stays with the Beast, as he has demanded, the more sympathetic she feels toward him. Though the Beast in Villeneuve’s version is not only hideous but has been cursed to stupidity, and can barely carry on a conversation, she feels more and more guilty that she doesn’t marry the Beast out of gratitude for the opulent life he’s provided for her and the love he feels for her. Finding him dying of grief:

She regretted her conversations with the Beast, unentertaining as they had been to her, and what appeared to her extraordinary, even to discover she had so much feeling for him. She blamed herself for not having married him, and considering she had been the cause of his death … heaped upon herself the keenest and most bitter reproaches.

It’s worth noting that the Beast himself spurned the love of an ugly fairy who fell in love with him. She curses him in retaliation, imprisoning him in a beast’s body ― but while this makes her the villain of the story, Beast’s imprisonment of the woman he hopes to marry is painted as kind and generous. Belle isn’t granted the luxury, like the Beast, of rejecting an unattractive suitor; she’s expected to learn to accept his love. Ultimately, she decides to marry him because she owes him and is fond of him, proving her virtue by denying her own desires and choosing instead a man who’s earned her through his love and gifts.

In short, the Beast may have been the original Nice Guy™!

Those two stories don’t cover the full breadth of “Beauty and the Beast” tales. Some believe the roots go back thousands of years, and many cultures have some variety of the story.

In the Italian rendition, “The Pig King,” written in the mid-16th century by Giovanni Francesco Straparola, a queen is cursed to have a son who appears as a pig until he’s been married three times. When he’s grown, his mother convinces the first daughter of a poor family to marry him, but the girl is horrified at the match and tries to kill him on the wedding night. He tramples her with his hooves, killing her instead. The same happens to her younger sister. Then he marries the virtuous youngest sister, who is kind and accepting of her new husband. At night he reveals himself as a handsome young man to her, and the couple eventually rules the kingdom together. Yes, despite the fact that he literally stabbed her two sisters to death with his hooves, the girl falls in love with him.

A truly bonkers Norwegian fairy tale, “East of the Sun, West of the Moon,” stars a white bear who convinces a peasant to give him his youngestprettiest daughter. At night, he comes and sleeps with her as a man, though she can’t see him. One night, she lights a candle to see his face, but drips hot tallow on him and wakens him. As a consequence, he has to marry his evil stepmother’s choice for him: a troll princess. But his young lover refuses to give up, following him to the troll kingdom and winning his hand through trickery ― at which point the troll princess explodes in rage. (Literally, she explodes.)

In many of these older versions, Beauty is distinguished most by her docility and selflessness. Even her bookishness, so heavily played up by Disney, is merely one aspect of her dutiful feminine lifestyle ― she plays a variety of instruments, enjoys art and the theater, and amuses herself in the country by “dress[ing] her hair with flowers” when she’s not cheerfully caring for the home. Other female characters who privilege their own desires are portrayed as spoiled and even cruel, and aside from elevating Beauty as the one deserving woman, they often serve the function of disposable vessels for male needs (see: those two poor women who are trampled to death by a pig).

The Beast might prove his worth through devoted love, but Beauty proves hers through submerging her own passions and awarding herself to the most worthy suitor. The message is clear: Women should love the ones they’re with, no matter how seemingly repulsive ― it’s all part of the life of extreme self-sacrifice that makes them worthy of happiness and respect.

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” tweaked this story, making Belle an unconventional bookworm with an independent streak rather than a pretty, submissive maiden. It relegated the unsympathetic, frivolous female role to a chorus of silly village girls who swoon over Gaston, rather than making a cruel sister central to the story. Emma Watson, who portrayed Belle in Disney’s live-action remake, has openly hinted that the new, updated heroine will be still more brilliant and self-reliant.

Certain aspects of the story, though, will remain ― and some of the most shocking and controversial aspects of the story are the very plot points that make it “Beauty and the Beast.” When it comes right down to it, every version is essentially the same story: A beautiful woman redeems her hideous captor with her love ― parrot/monkey servants optional.

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Secrets Your Pilot Has Always Wanted To Tell You 

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We see flight attendants often, but pilots tend to be much more secluded. With so much airtime and so little face time, there are a few things they want to share with the masses.

We asked commercial airline pilots who have their own aviation blogs to name the one thing they wish their “pax” ― that’s airline speak for “passengers” ― knew. Their responses, along with some shared by their friends, shed a whole new light on life in the cockpit.

1. Pilots don’t like cancelled flights, either.

“As passengers, one of the most aggravating situations is an extensive delay followed by the ultimate cancellation. We miss our friend’s wedding, our cruise, or our child’s baseball game. However, I wish passengers knew that when we cancel a flight, the flight crews miss their special events, too.” ― Karlene Petitt of Flight to Success

2.  You shouldn’t cut it too close when booking.

“Passengers plan a trip and fly up to the last minute before they need to be there or back at work. Then they get mad at airlines if there is a delay/cancellation.” ― Pilot who asked to remain anonymous

3. There’s an official definition of “on time,” and it’s not what you think.

“’On time’ for departure is pushing back from the gate at published departure time (and up to 14 minutes later). ‘On time’ for arrival is plus or minus 14 minutes.” ― Pilot who asked to remain anonymous

4. Turbulence can come out of nowhere.

“Pilots can avoid predicted or reported turbulence, but that hardly guarantees a smooth ride. The atmosphere is an ever-changing fluid, producing turbulence almost instantaneously. So ALWAYS keep your seatbelt on when seated.” ― Chris Manno of JetHead, who is also pilot with American Airlines

5. But there’s a way have less of it on your flight.

“If people are concerned about turbulence, they need to take early-morning flights for the smoothest air.” ― Laura Einsetler of Captain Laura

6. Flight durations aren’t set in stone.

“The length of a flight at the time someone books a ticket is based on historical data. The real length of a flight varies.” ― Pilot who asked to remain anonymous

7. Autopilot isn’t all its cracked up to be.

“It’s pilots ― human beings, and not some high-tech autopilot ― that are flying your plane. People have a vastly exaggerated notion of what cockpit automation actually does.” ― Patrick Smith of Ask the Pilot

8. Your pilot is no dummy.

“I wish people knew how much experience, training, education and requirements must be met before we are allowed to even fly these jets.” ― Laura Einsetler of Captain Laura

9. Cancellations could save your life.

“Pilots use their experience and best judgment to make that very hard choice to stay on the ground and cancel a flight. That choice is not made lightly and is always based on safety. ”  ― Karlene Petitt of Flight to Success

10. Looking around could save your life, too.

“I wish passengers knew how many rows to their nearest exit. Most accidents are survivable if you get out.” ― Ann Fletcher

Via: Secrets Your Pilot Has Always Wanted To Tell You

We Need To Talk About WTF Is Up With Kristen Stewart’s Sexuality 

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“You’re not confused if you’re bisexual. It’s not confusing at all. For me, it’s quite the opposite.”

The day after Kristen Stewart mentioned she was “so gay” on “SNL,” I argued that her decision to publicly label her sexuality was important for a number of reasons, chief among them the fact that queer visibility, while increasing and improving, is still woefully underrepresented in mainstream culture.

What’s more, when a celebrity comes out, it gives other people the courage to do the same and can help complicate ideas about what it means to be queer and what kind of people identify that way (hint: all kinds of people with all kinds of life experiences and all kinds of other intersectional identities do). 

While I was busy celebrating Stewart’s noble, if not somewhat nonchalant decision to finally (publicly) choose a label for her sexual identity, others were frustrated (or confused) that a woman who once dated a man was now identifying as “gay” instead of “bisexual” or “pansexual” or “sexually fluid.” Was she erasing her “true” identity? And if so, why? Or were her past relationships with men just that ― in the past and she now felt that “gay” better encapsulated or explained her current identity? Or was she using the term as a general (and purposefully imprecise) catchall phrase for “not straight”?

To make things even more complicated, in an interview last week with The Guardian, Stewart further addressed her sexuality and noted that she’s “just trying to acknowledge that fluidity, that greyness, which has always existed… But maybe only now are we allowed to start talking about it.”

She continued: “It’s cool that you don’t have to nail everything down any more. That whole certainty about whether you’re straight or gay or whatever,” before then claiming the term “bisexual” for herself and asserting, “You’re not confused if you’re bisexual. It’s not confusing at all. For me, it’s quite the opposite.”

So, wait ― she’s not “so gay” after all? She’s actually bisexual? Or is she sexually fluid? Or does she see bisexuality as encompassing sexual fluidity or vice versa?

It’s cool that you don’t have to nail everything down any more.Kristen Stewart

Maybe Stewart’s claim that she was “so gay” was more semantic than anything else because “I’m so bisexual” or “I’m so fluid” on “SNL” may not have been as strong of a statement or a punchline as “I’m so gay.”

Maybe that’s a problem. Bisexual people often feel their identities are misunderstood, mistrusted or all together erased, and maybe as we talk about those identities more, they can and will have the same impact. Maybe Stewart’s sexuality (or understanding of it) is evolving and that means the language she uses to talk about will continue to shift. Maybe she felt gay that day and feels bisexual some days and feels sexually fluid some other days. Maybe all or some or none of the above.

Ultimately, it’s not clear and I don’t want to put words in Stewart’s mouth. But that doesn’t mean we can’t or shouldn’t try to gain from her public displays and discussions of her sexuality. She’s provided a beautiful and complex jumping off point to think and wonder and worry (in the best sense possible) about identity. 

Seeing a “mainstream” celebrity challenge our culture’s long-held belief that a person’s identity is or must be completely rigid ― whether she intended to or not ― is groundbreaking, long overdue and, to be perfectly honest, downright thrilling. 

And even if I’m just projecting and Stewart doesn’t see herself in anything that I’ve written here, that projection and all of the potentially radical possibilities that come tethered to it now exist because of her and that matters.

So, what the fuck is going on with Stewart’s sexuality? As far as I can tell, it’s healthy and thriving and she’s approaching and expressing it from whatever position ― however permanent or precarious ― that feels right to her at any given moment.

You’re not confused if you’re bisexual. It’s not confusing at all.Kristen Stewart

And why shouldn’t we be able to change the word we use to define ourselves or the way we think about our sexuality whenever it suits us? Just because it’s fixed for some people ― including myself, as I’ve only ever identified as gay since I was 4 years old ― doesn’t mean that it can’t or won’t be malleable for others. If you identify as bisexual for six years and then feel gay fits better, and then eight months later decide to identify as bisexual again, how does that hurt anyone?

Still, I get that it may be uncomfortable or troubling to some people, particularly some queer people, because we’ve spent so much time trying to convince people that our sexual identities are real, aren’t jokes and deserve consideration and respect. But as our cultural understanding of desire continues to evolve and deepen, we must acknowledge and embrace these complexities that may come with investigating “that fluidity, that greyness, which has always existed” for some people.

[I’m] just trying to acknowledge that fluidity, that greyness, which has always existed.Kristen Stewart

And, because I know some of you are already heading to the comments section to tell me that a person’s sexuality is no one else’s business and I shouldn’t even be writing about Stewart, I want to emphasize one thing: Having discussions about who we are and what we desire is how progress and understanding is created. Stewart herself seems quite pleased with the conversations that her openness has generated. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly she said of her “SNL” declaration, “In that moment, to make it normal and cool and completely unashamed? It felt really cool.”

Stewart and her identity ― gay, bisexual, fluid or otherwise ― aren’t problems or problematic. Quite the contrary, whether she knows it or not, she is emblematic of the future, at least if we’re lucky (and smart) and follow her example. That doesn’t necessarily mean we need to constantly (or ever) redefine how we each personally identify ― interrogating your desire and your politics to determine your sexuality and then sticking with it is just fine, too. But finding the courage and conviction to embrace labeling and then relabeling if it feels right should be an option.

No one should get to tell us how to feel or how to identify and no one should get to tell us that we’ve got it wrong or we’re confused because we might change or challenge our minds about who we want and when and why at any point in our lives ― whether it be once or never or every other weekend.

In the end, I’m advocating for whatever allows all of us to live our happiest, most authentic lives and from the look and sound of things, that seems to be exactly what Stewart wants, too. 

Via: We Need To Talk About WTF Is Up With Kristen Stewart’s Sexuality 

Things NOT to say to an Irish person on St. Patrick’s Day 

An Irishman’s take on the least favorite Irish-centric conversations.

This is my sixth St. Patrick’s Day in the U.S., and seeing all the green on the subway makes me very proud to be an Irishman in New York. And a little queasy too.

I must admit that I have not seen some of those shades of green outside of an Irish tourist brochure. Yes, we do have majestic, rolling hills of green. But (a.) we need to pay for that with a lot of rain and (b.) Photoshop plays a minor role in this color-scheme marketing. We are also aware that a lot of people are interested in moving to Ireland because of the freedom that the European Union passport brings and fears over a looming Brexit, and not because they have romantic ideas about living in a castle (or in a town with a castle).

Some quick tips: People in Ireland don’t say, “Top of the morning.” Nor do we say, “May the road rise up to meet you, and may the devil never know you’re gone.” We don’t wear tophats made of felt with gold buckles and shamrocks, and I can count the people I know with ginger beards on one hand, and they look far better than the cheesy leprechaun ones you stick on, and that’s for sure. (And the “St. Patty’s Day” greeting is just plain wrong.) Here are my five least favorite Irish-centric conversation starters on March 17 — or on any other day, for that matter:

‘You don’t have an Irish accent!’

When you’re single in New York City, there’s nothing more lucrative than an Irish brogue. And there’s nothing more disappointing for an American when you arrive at Starbucks, and a South Dublin, mid-Atlantic twang falls out of your mouth like a bag of fake emeralds. Look, we can’t all speak like Tom Cruise in “Far and Away.” His Celtic drawl in that 1992 Irish film may be regarded in the same Hammer House of Horrors as Dick Van Dyke’s Cockney accent in “Mary Poppins,” but being an Irishman in New York doesn’t mean we have to speak like we’re from central casting. It all depends on whether you’re from Belfast, Dublin, the West of Ireland or Cork, which has its own distinctive musicality, and so on. Check out the “Foreigner’s Guide to Irish Accents.”

A well-meaning American once asked me, “When did Northern Ireland vote for independence from the rest of Ireland?” I had to take a deep breath and explain that Northern Ireland did not declare independence. I explained that the six counties of Northern Ireland had remained part of the U.K. when the other 26 counties officially became the Irish Free State after the Anglo Irish Treaty of 1921. Even business journalists confuse the two. In 2015, Joe Kernen, co-anchor of CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” memorably asked Martin Shanahan, the head of Ireland’s foreign development agency, the IDA, “Why do you use euros in Ireland?” Shanahan told him Ireland was part of the EU. “Huh?” responded a befuddled Kernen. “I’d use the pound,” he added. Needless to say, the clip went viral.

‘You’ll drink us all under the table’

With St. Patrick’s Day falling on a Friday this year, spending is expected to reach a $5.3 billion, up from $4.4 billion last year, according to the National Retail Federation; 27% of that will go on a party or a bar. And people say the Irish are big drinkers. Irish people drink alcohol, they don’t just drink Guinness, they don’t drink green smoothies and they groan at all the greenification of drinks to celebrate the old country. This was better than this Guinness advertisement with a four-leafed shamrock.) It’s true, socializing in Ireland is centered around pub life, and the Irish do drink alcohol. But many cities around Ireland (and the U.K.) have a problem with binge drinking, especially among young people. That said, the Irish abroad don’t like to be told that we will drink you under the table.

‘Your economy crashed, didn’t it?’

Yes, it did. And it wasn’t pretty. “And how’s it doing now?” Why don’t I call my Aunty Mary and find out. (I don’t have an Aunty Mary.) But that’s what I often feel like saying. While we appreciate your concern, many Irish abroad are looking to the future, happy to have found jobs in the U.S., or left during the recession of the 1980s and weren’t around to experience the rise and fall of “The Celtic Tiger,” a time when property prices, economic growth and foreign investment soared. The Celtic Tiger roared, whimpered and finally rolled over and wanted someone to tickle its tummy. (Ireland agreed to receive a bailout from the International Monetary Fund in 2010 and exited the bailout scheme in 2013.) The next time you meet an Irish person, stick to the weather and people’s health.

‘Are you from Ireland? Do you know …’

The Republic of Ireland is a country of 4.6 million people, roughly the same population as the greater Boston area, and Northern Ireland has 1.8 million residents. That’s small by American standards. But we don’t all know each other. When Irish people are abroad, we do act like we have known each other forever because we share many of the same memories: Tayto crisps on the school bus, yet also loves to complain about. Having lunch in Langan’s pub in Manhattan recently, I was served by an Irish woman from Ardee in County Louth, about 60 miles from Dublin. “Do you know the Thornes from Ardee?” I asked as a joke, to prove this point. “Yes, they grew up on my street,” she replied.

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So THAT’S Why Airplanes Still Have Ashtrays 

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Can you spot the ashtray? 

Smoking on airplanes was officially banned on U.S. flights in and out of the country in 2000. But curiously enough, despite this smoking ban, new models of planes still come equipped with ashtrays in their bathrooms.

If you’ve ever wondered why that is, CNN’s aviation editor Jon Ostrower recentlyresurfaced the reason airplanes are required to have ashtrays. Ostrower, who says it’s one of the most-asked questions about airplanes he gets, says it all boils down to the Code of Federal Regulations.

“Regardless of whether smoking is allowed in any other part of the airplane, lavatories must have self-contained, removable ashtrays located conspicuously on or near the entry side of each lavatory door,” the regulation states.

As an FAA spokesperson told The Huffington Post via email, even though smoking isn’t allowed on planes, that doesn’t mean it stops determined smokers.

“Some people continue to try to smoke on airplanes,” the spokesperson said. “The ashtray provides a place to put a cigarette, other than the waste bin, or somewhere less desirable where the ashes might start a fire.”

And if you do get caught smoking on a plane, chances are you’ll get in big trouble once the flight has landed.

“The first thing we have to do is make sure they haven’t created a fire on board the aircraft, because a lot of times they’ll throw the cigarette down into the trash bin,” Tracy Sear, a then-US Airways flight attendant, told the New York Times in 2015. “Then at the same time we’re advising the passenger that they must comply and stop, and letting the cockpit know. Usually, the authorities will meet the flight when it lands.”

A few words of advice: just don’t do it.

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Feminist Illustrators International Women’s Day 

Wednesday is International Women’s Day, a glorious day devoted to recognizing the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women-identifying people across the world.

Here , we’re recognizing the supremely gifted women artists who use their creative imaginations to visualize personal truths and potential futures in the universal language of images. Thankfully, they’re generous enough to share their gifts with the rest of us.

It’s still early in the day, but already Instagram is abuzz with gorgeous illustrations from feminist illustrators worldwide. To which we say, yes, thank you. And more, please.

We’ve compiled some of our favorites below and will update throughout the day. Happy International Women’s Day to all the girls and women and mothers and teachers and activists and artists and fighters and sisters and more. We love you today and every day.

Via: The Feminist Illustrators Making International Women’s Day Look Damn Good 

Cate Blanchett: My Moral Compass ‘Is In My Vagina’ 

File this moment under another reason to love Cate Blanchett.
Just in case the actor’s poignant 2014 Oscar acceptance speech calling out Hollywood sexism feels like a faint memory, Blanchett is here with another epic TV moment.
When talking about her upcoming Broadway debut with “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert, Blanchett discussed how the play is relevant for audiences today.
“It’s all about as you move forward in life, what’s your moral compass, where does kindness and humanity sit in a really brutal world?” she said.
Colbert asked that same question of the actor and was in for quite the surprise.

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Oh!
Blanchett is also starring in the female-fronted “Oceans 8” alongside Sandra Bullock, Sarah Paulson, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Mindy Kaling, Helena Bonham Carter and Awkwafina.
When Colbert asked why there were only eight women compared to the male-dominated “Oceans 11,” Blanchett deadpanned that there are only eight women working in Hollywood.
Check out the funny exchange in the clip above.
This Women’s History Month, remember that we have the power to make history every day. 

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