Elizabeth Banks has effectively owned up to the recent comments she made about Steven Spielberg’s filmography during her Women in Film Crystal Award acceptance speech earlier this week.
Banks singled out Spielberg during her speech as an example of directors and the lack of female leads in pictures: “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.”
Of course, as many were quick to point out, that ignores one of his most famed works – “The Color Purple” which boasted black female leads along with the more recent “The BFG” which had a young girl in the lead role. Banks has now stepped back from the comments, tweeting:
“I want to be clear from the start that I take full responsibility for what I said and I’m sorry. When I made the comments, I was thinking of recent films Steven directed, it was not my intention to dismiss the import of the iconic #TheColorPurple. I made things worse by giving the impression that I was dismissing Shari Belafonte when she attempted to correct me. … I’m very sorry.”
Banks also acknowledge that she spoke to “The Color Purple” lead actress Shari Belafonte backstage at the Women in Film Crystal Award ceremony and received forgiveness for the misunderstanding.