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Jessica Chastain Was Viciously Criticized for Her Diversity Speech at the Critics' Choice Awards

Jessica Chastain Was Viciously Criticized for Her Diversity Speech at the Critics' Choice Awards

by Danica Lo

At this year's Critics' Choice Awards, Most Valuable Player winner Jessica Chastain stood up and gave a moving speech calling on the audience and the entertainment industry to band together against intolerance.

"Today is Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday," she said. "So it got me thinking about our need to build the strength of diversity in our industry. And to stand together against homophobic, sexist, misogynistic, anti-Semitic, and racist agendas. I'm an optimist. And I can't help but feel hopeful about the future of film, especially looking at all these beautiful people in this room. Martin Luther King Jr. said, 'Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.' And I would like to encourage everyone in this room to please speak up."

Shockingly, it seems that haters and bigots have made Chastain a target of online trolling and abuse after she took a public stance against hate.

"I've had really terrible people who are racists comment on the speech and say really terrible things,"Chastain told the Associated Press yesterday. "I'm understanding that some people in this world, how much hate they can have. Some people had taken my speech and then made it about awards—like SAG Awards or Oscars. That's not what my speech was about."

"To me, awards are just a reflection," she continued. "It's just a symptom of the disease, and the disease is in the industry. If we had more diversity in our films it would be reflected in diversity in the nominees."

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