Meryl Streep calls out lack of female film critics

Meryl Streep believes there is a case of gender inequality in film criticism.

Speaking at a press conference for her new film "Suffragette" in London, the actress cited the movie review site Rotten Tomatoes to prove her point -- where she claims the female contributors are far outnumbered.

"I went deep, deep, deep, deep into Rotten Tomatoes, and I counted how many contributors there were - critics and bloggers and writers," she said, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"And of those allowed to rate on the Tomatometer, there are 168 women. And I thought, 'that's absolutely fantastic.' And then, if there were 168 men, it would be balanced. If there were 268 men, it would unfair but I'd get used to it. If there were 368, 468, 568 ... Actually there are 760 men who weight in on the Tomatometer."

"The word isn't 'disheartening,' it's 'infuriating,'" she said. "I submit to you that men and women are not the same. They like different things. Sometimes they like the same things, but their tastes diverge. If the Tomatometer is slided so completely to one set of tastes, that drives box office in the U.S., absolutely."

"Suffragette," which tells the story of centers around the British women's suffrage movement of the late 19th and early 20th century, hits U.S. theaters on Oct. 23.

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