Actress Elizabeth Banks might think to research a bit more before she criticizes a director.
During Wednesday night's Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards, at which Banks was honored for her work directing Pitch Perfect 2, the actress called out Steven Spielberg, saying, "I went to Indiana Jones and Jaws and every movie Steven Spielberg ever made. And by the way, he's never made a movie with a female lead. Sorry, Steven. I don't mean to call your ass out, but it's true."
Banks continued her speech by encouraging the audience to go to movies featuring women, which is a noble and valid point.
But while Spielberg's movies have mostly starred male actors, Banks missed a few important films in her criticism, most notably The Color Purple, which starred Whoopi Goldberg and was nominated for 11 Oscars, including Best Picture.
Twitter noticed the slight. And they weren't happy about it.
Other Spielberg films with female leads include the 1974 Goldie Hawn-led The Sugarland Express, and last year's The BFG, which featured young actress Ruby Barnhill.
Someone please send Elizabeth Banks emergency copies of Sugarland Express, The BFG, and The Color Purple.— Brian Collins (@BrianWCollins) June 15, 2017
While those films could have slipped Banks' mind, forgetting "The Color Purple" didn't do the actress any favors:
"What Elizabeth Banks REALLY meant was______"— April (@ReignOfApril) June 15, 2017
**insert any pathetic excuse to absolve a grown ass white woman from being accountable. 😒
Many on Twitter felt that Banks was only thinking of herself:
Elizabeth Banks is the prime example of a White person who thinks they're woke from the Matrix, but they're still asleep in Inception.— rouge WH staff (@RaisingOneBrow) June 15, 2017
What Elizabeth Banks really mean was Spielberg hasn't done a movie with a white female lead, because that's what really counts for her.— Petty Rubble (@AshVille34) June 15, 2017
Some got what Banks was going for, but they still called her out:
Elizabeth Banks actually had a solid point, but forgetting and then hand-waving over The Color Purple is pretty glaring.— Saren Arterius (@SowaTheArrogant) June 15, 2017
But for many, it was the first they'd heard of Elizabeth Banks:
Something good could still come of the gaffe:
If nothing else comes from this Elizabeth Banks situation I hope more people go back and revisit Steven Spielberg's "The Color Purple".— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) June 15, 2017