During an interview with Sway Calloway on SiriusXM’s Sway in the Morning, Zoe Saldana spoke about how racism and sexism are alive and well in the United States today, a fact that was brought to the forefront of her attention with Donald Trump’s election.
“There was a realization that I just had in this last election is that, that America is racist,” she said.
“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.”
Check out the full interview from ‘Sway in the Morning’ below:
For proof, Saldana pointed to the fact that “CEOs are primarily males” and that women are questioned and not trusted once they get into leadership positions. “It’s like the moment a woman gains some kind of position of power, she will be questioned,” she said.
That was part of the problem she saw with the election, she added, pointing to the unfair standard Hillary Clinton was held to.
“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,” she said.
Since the election, Saldana said, she has been trying to become more informed.
“I know that people took a lot of things from this election,” she said. “I want to learn from everything.”