Gabrielle Union has been tirelessly trying to shift the portrayal of race in Hollywood, and the actress' latest effort involves some of her peers. In a recent XoNecole interview, Union revealed that she wants to talk with Amy Schumer and other Caucasian actresses about their white privilege.
When discussing the "necessity of addressing oppression and racial inequality," the Birth of a Nation star said:
"In order to begin to see change start to occur, we have to be willing to have conversations with people who have different opinions than us. I’ve already talked to Lena Dunham; I would love to talk to Kate Upton and Amy Schumer. Maybe I can help to explain the oppressive systems that have benefited and allowed them to say these careless, insensitive and offensive things. Those conversations are awkward as fuck and they get heated. Similar to watching people have conversations about consent."
Gabrielle may have spoken to the Girls creator about her recent "Lenny Letter," where she accused NFL star Odell Beckham Jr. of ignoring her at the Met Gala. “It was so amazing because it was like he looked at me and he determined I was not the shape of a woman by his standards,” she said in the letter. “He was like, ‘That’s a marshmallow. That’s a child. That’s a dog.’ It wasn’t mean—he just seemed confused.” The actress has since apologized.
Amy Schumer is also continuously praised for speaking out on feminist rights (which are typically exclusive to just white women), like with the sexist Girls' Life and Boys' Life magazine saga. But we must also remember to not veil the comedienne dismissing black lives on social media time and time again, which is what makes Gabrielle Union's intersectional-based comments so important.
Earlier this month, Gabrielle penned an honest op-ed for the Los Angeles Times that explains why she chose to star in Nate Parker's Birth of a Nation and bravely recalls her own rape.