Elizabeth Banks Forgot About Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Color Purple’ And ‘Black Twitter’ Is Not Happy

Elizabeth Banks has caused outrage on Twitter following her comments at the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards.

The Hollywood actress took to the stage to name and shame talented director Steven Spielberg for supposedly not making a film with a female lead.

Banks was recognised for her directing work on Pitch Perfect 2 at Tuesday’s event, but it’s what she said in her acceptance speech that has got people talking.


Talking to the star-studded crowd gathered at the Beverly Hilton, the 43-year old said,

I went to Indiana Jones and Jaws and every movie Steven Spielberg ever made. And by the way, he’s never made a movie with a female lead. Sorry, Steven. I don’t mean to call your ass out, but it’s true.

People have been quick to point out that while there are only a few, Spielberg has indeed made films with women leads, one of the most significant being The Color Purple.

Since Banks’ controversial comments, social media has been going crazy over her forgetting about the historical drama.

It sees none other than Whoopi Goldberg take the lead, and showcases the life of an African-American woman living in the South who encounters racial abuse and bigotry.

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And The Hunger Games actress has sparked a huge debate following her strong accusation.

While it has been noted before that most of Spielberg’s films do contain male leads – Juliette Binoche even turned down Spielberg’s Jurassic Park because of his insufficient use of other female leads – the fact that Banks disregarded The Color Purple so easily has led onto more questions of racial prejudices in film.

Editor and author, Anne Thompson, also made things worse when she claimed The Color Purple was a ‘flop’ anyway, suggesting Banks had every right to ignore it.

The ‘Black Twitter’ community have been quick to comment on both Banks’ and Thompson’s views.

One wrote,

When you see all the good people of black twitter dragging elizabeth banks for ignoring the color purple.

Along with a video of hip hop star Drake cheering and clapping.

And other fans of the profound drama movie also took to the social media platform to express their disgust.

To whomever called The Color Purple a flop. Until you take that sh-t back everything you think about gonna fail.

While another tweeter proved just how successful The Color Purple is.

The Color Purple was not a flop. It stayed in the box office for 5 months, netted $75 million in 1986. It was nominated for 11 Oscars.

And the criticism against Banks for totally disregarding the Whoopi Goldberg hit just keeps on coming.

In response to the actress’s speech, another tweeter wrote,

So ‘The Color Purple’ just doesn’t exist huh?

HuffPost Page Editor, Philip Lewis, also gave his view on things, noting how these kind of comments shouldn’t be happening in today’s society.

We’re really living in the age of alternative facts if you can call The Color Purple a flop and be serious.

Elizabeth Banks is yet to defend herself over the sensitive comments.

One of Spielberg’s upcoming films, The Papers, sees Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep take joint lead.