James strums his guitar and walks to his corner. In the center of the circle, Adam sings at the microphone. Each member stands in the outer layer of the circle.
Behind Adam, Camila Cabello points and glances over her shoulder. Phoebe Robinson pumps her shoulders. Aly Raisman smiles and holds Adam’s hand. Sarah Silverman fixes the color of her leather jacket. Gal Gadot puts her hand on her hips. Lilly Singh blows a kiss and swips her hand across her face.
Adam disappears as Singh continues to dance. A new circle forms behind Singh, Amani Al-Kataahbeh, Tracy Lysette, Tiffany Haddish dance. Angy Rivera smiles as she wears her “undocumented, unafraid, unapologetic” t-shirt. Franchesca Ramsey dances. Millie Bobby Brown, with her glasses on her nose, puckers up her lips and Ellen DeGeneres looks around.
Adam walks back to the microphone and DeGeneres stands behind, pointing her thumb at him. Cardi B walks in front of him and starts to rap.
Jennifer Lopez jumps up and down behind Adam. Chloe Kim, Alex Morgan and Mary J. Blige dance. Beanie Feldstein shakes her head. Jackie Fielder puts both hands on her hips and wears a “Divest. Water Is Life” t-shirt. Danica Patrick shrugs. Ilhan Omar, Elizabeth Banks, Ashley Graham and Rita Ora dance. He turns to his wife, Behati Prinsloo and daughter, hugging them.
Women are not to be underestimated. Unlike previous generations, they won’t be quiet. They also will create a platform for themselves. Camila Cabello has a successful solo career after leaving Fifth Harmony and has been open about her immigrating to the United States. Phoebe Robinson is a freelance writer who has expressed her point of view in the New York Times and Bitch. Aly Raisman has competed in the Olympics and won multiple gold medals in gymnastics. However, she has also talked about the sexual harassment she experienced while competing.
Tracy Lysette is one of the first transgender actresses. Ashley Graham promotes body acceptance and rejects the term plus-size. Angy Rivera helps out undocumented immigrants and gives them a voice. Ilhan Omar is leader in Somalian politics. Jackie Fielder began the San Francisco Defund DPL Chapter and fights for the environment. Ellen DeGeneres came out as lesbian in the her show, Ellen, in 1997. It was cancelled by ABC the next year. She came back as a daytime television host. Rita Ora, who has had numerous career setbacks, continues to try.
The women featured, though, have broken down important barriers and began tough conversations, despite being told to shut up. An unpopular opinion doesn’t scare them. It only causes them to push harder.
Director: David Dobkin Year: 2018
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