Actress Jessica Chastain responded on social media this week after critics slammed her for appearing on the cover of LA Times Magazine alongside a half-dozen other white actresses for a story about women’s equality in Hollywood.
Chastain, the 40-year-old star of the drama and upcoming awards-season hopeful Molly’s Game, covered the magazine’s pre-Chritsmas issue alongside fellow actresses Kate Winslet (Wonder Wheel), Diane Kruger (In the Fade), Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird), Margot Robbie (I, Tonya), and Annette Bening (Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool).
Critics immediately noticed the lack of any actresses of color on the magazine cover, including author Rebecca Carroll, who tweeted directly at Chastain.
“Honestly @jes_chastain as an outspoken voice for equality how do you pose for a photo like this and not feel absolutely mortified by the blatant exclusion?” Carroll wrote in a tweet. “How is it possible to not understand the msg this photo sends?”