Zoe Saldana came to a shocking realization after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States.
Saldana, 38, recently shared her feelings about the state of the nation during an interview with “Sway in the Morning” on SiriusXM. “There was a realization that I just had in this last election is that, that America is racist,” the actress told Sway.
“Of course, there’s racism everywhere,” she continued. “I’m not saying that there isn’t. But I think that sexism is much stronger and it’s much more aggressive. And turn on the TV, just read the newspaper.”
The “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” star drove home her point with a few examples. She noted that “CEOs are primarily males,” and that in the art world “male painters are the ones that are more successful, primarily.”
“[This] lets you know logically that there is an imbalance,” she explained. Saldana attributed this disproportional representation due to a lack of trust in female leadership. “It’s like the moment a woman gains some kind of position of power, she will be questioned,” she said.
The actress was particularly shocked with how Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton was treated as “incompetent” over her email scandal: “I’m just like, ‘People, she’s up against a man that calls women pigs on national television and she’s incompetent?’ There’s a big problem here and we have to address this pink elephant in the room. And it has to do with sexism in America.”
But as with most things in life, there was a silver lining for Saldana. “I know that people took a lot of things from this election,” she said. “I want to learn from everything.”
On the bright side, the actress has opening weekend of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2.” to look forward to.