Star Trek XI‘s Zoë Saldana had some harsh words recently about Hollywood and its hiring practices.
As a woman of color, Saldana has experienced racism throughout her life, and that includes her time as an actress.
“I’ve witnessed racism all my life,” she said. “And of course there’s racism and discrimination in Hollywood. You go for a part and they say, ‘Oh, we really liked her, she’s amazing, but we wanted to go with something more traditional’. As if I’m not a traditional American!”
But Saldana doesn’t hate back in return, although the racism must be galling. “I feel sorry for people like that,” she said. “They need to educate themselves. Mostly you move on and say, ‘Well, I wasn’t meant to work with you or be around someone like you’. Other times you might say, ‘You’re ignorant, you’re a racist. That’s it. I’m out of here!”
It’s not just African-Americans, and/or actors that are the recipients of racist attitudes. According to Saldana. America itself is facing the same repugnant attitude from those gloating over its recent woes. “It’s trendy to hate Americans right now,” she said. “Deep down, some people are enjoying the fact that the most powerful nation on Earth is struggling a little – and then they deny that’s racist! And that frightens me.”