Zoe Saldana explained that she feels as though sexism is more powerful than racism in America following Donald Trump's presidential win last year.
“There was a realization that I just had in this last election is that, that America is racist — 0f course, there’s racism everywhere, I’m not saying that there isn’t — but I think that sexism is much stronger and it’s much more aggressive,” Saldana said in an interview on SiriusXM’s “Sway in the Morning” on Thursday.
The actress said that the evidence of sexism is everywhere. Saldana argued that sexism is the reason why “CEOs are primarily males” and why “art is primarily male-driven.”
“It has to do with trusting leadership in women,” she said, pointing out that Hillary Clinton’s qualifications for president were repeatedly called into question. “I found it really offensive that Hillary Clinton was questioned in [that> way,” she said.
“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,” Saldana continued.Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com
Saldana also discussed racism in America. The actress argued that African-Americans and Hispanics should focus on bettering themselves instead of complaining about racism.
“I’m not troubled by the way I look,” she said, adding that race isn’t always the reason for her setbacks in life. “Maybe I didn’t get [that part] because I didn’t deserve it … there are other factors besides people always coming after you. People have lives.”
In addition, the actual surgery no longer checks on her social media feeds because she does not like the negative comments people share online.
“I think it’s going to change the more and more AfroLatinos just brush it off their shoulders,” she said. “Focus on your education, your uprising. And when you’re in that position, when you’re the president of that network … then you can basically lead by example in the way that you succeed, not in the way that you denounce what happened to you.”