A Hollywood producer called Sydney Sweeney ‘ugly and untalented’. She just responded.

 “There’s an actress who everybody loves now: Sydney Sweeney,” she began. “I don’t get Sydney Sweeney. I was watching on the plane Sydney Sweeney’s movie [Anyone but You] because I wanted to watch it. I wanted to know who she is and why everybody’s talking about her. 

“I watched this unwatchable movie… I said to my class, ‘Explain this girl to me. She’s not pretty, she can’t act. Why is she so hot?’ Nobody had an answer.”

Baum went on to claim that Sydney gets hired for so many roles because she’s a bankable star. “But then the question was asked, ‘Well, if you could get your movie made because she was in it, would you do it?’ That’s a very hard question to answer because we all want to get the movie made and who walks away from a green light? Nobody I know. Your job is to get the movie made.”

While this conversation was more nuanced than the salacious headlines it inspired, it’s still an uncomfortable experience hearing a woman reduce another woman to her physical appearance when assessing her worthiness.