Jessica Chastain responded Saturday to criticism for appearing on a Los Angeles Times magazine cover that featured only white women to promote a story on empowering women in Hollywood.
“As an outspoken voice for equality how do you pose for a photo like this and not feel absolutely mortified by the blatant exclusion?” author Rebecca Carroll tweeted at Chastain, who has been a vocal proponent of equality and inclusivity within the film industry.
The actor responded, calling the photo a “sad look.”
“The industry needs to become more inclusive in its storytelling,” she wrote, asking her Twitter followers to name women of color who should have been honored for their performances over the last year.
Some fans were quick to come to Chastain’s defense, arguing that she was not responsible for the Los Angeles Times’ editorial decision.
Still, many critics, including Carroll, focused on the actress’ willingness to pose for the photograph.
The cover article was titled “A Shift in Focus: Actresses Call for a Change in the Way Many Stories Are Told” and included a roundtable discussion with the actresses on the treatment of women in Hollywood.