During a Q&A at the New York Film Festival chronicled by The Hollywood Reporter, Michael Moore addressed the problematic gender disparity in the film business, a subject that has been on the lips of many Hollywood women in recent months.
Explaining that only 1.9% of the top grossing 100 films in the past two years had female directors, Moore says the dearth of women in the industry is "absolutely wrong," and calls on the Writer’s Guild and Director’s Guild of America to step in and do something about it.
“I’m not saying that just because I’m a liberal making a politically-correct statement; I’m saying it as a filmgoer and audience member,” he explained. “I’m missing out on her story. Their stories. That person. When you block out whole groups of film by that cinema, what are the great films that you and I are missing because their great voices can’t be heard? I want to go to that movie. I want to hear that voice. I’m being denied that voice by a system that’s sent out to give the reins to white men."
“I’m telling you, anthropologists are not gonna look kindly on us,” Moore continued. "We’re gonna look like Neanderthals, and they’re gonna say, ‘Even the liberal ones, the liberal ones let 1.9 percent of the majority gender make movies. It’s a form of apartheid, folks, when a minority controls everything and the majority gets a bone thrown to them. That’s just absolutely wrong.”