Gillian Anderson Has a Bone to Pick With “The X-Files” for Its Lack of Diversity
Gillian Anderson, AKA Agent Dana Scully, is not afraid to speak her mind. The tough-as-nails star of The Fall may be gearing up to star in the next season of The X-Files, but it didn’t stop Anderson from calling out the show for its lack of women in the writer’s room.
After The Washington Post pointed out that the show’s next season only hired male writers, Anderson took to her Twitter account to lament the lack of women on the show overall in the last 20 or so years.
In fact, she added to the article’s point, saying, “And 2 out of 207 eps directed by women.” She herself was, in fact, one of those female directors, also writing in the episode she directed. “I look forward to the day when the numbers are different. #TheFutureisFemale”
— Gillian Anderson (@GillianA) June 29, 2017
She certainly wouldn’t be the first female director to call attention to the longstanding problem: Others, such as Ava DuVernay, have long been speaking out against the lack of diversity in film, and, together with others like Jessica Jones‘s Melissa Rosenberg, are taking steps to help correct it: The show’s second season will be entirely directed by women.
Perhaps The X-Files could use some of that badass girl power: The last season was not exactly a fan favorite, scoring only 60 percent on the site Metacritic.
Neither FOX nor the show’s producer, Chris Carter, have responded to Anderson’s comments on the lack of diversity behind the scenes of the show, which is scheduled to film this summer and air in 2018.
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(h/t E!Online; photo via Michael Locisanno/Getty)