At an awards show this week, Banks said the director had never made a film with a female protagonist. She was quickly reminded on the spot (and vehemently on Twitter) of Spielberg’s seminal film “The Color Purple” — and apologized for her omission on Thursday.
But the comments also inspired some levity on social media, as film fans debated if other famous Spielberg characters were male or female. Among those whose gender identities are in question are the dinosaurs from “Jurassic Park,” the shark from “Jaws” and, of course E.T.
“Did you just assume ET’s gender??” asked @HasghtagGriswold.
There has been debate over the years about the little alien’s biology and identity. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler suggested the creature was played by Daniel Day Lewis in the heartwarming 1982 film. Others have suggested that E.T. is gay, or at very least a gay icon.
For what it’s worth, this version of the “E.T.” script refers to E.T. as both “he” and, initially, as “the creature.” Which doesn’t seem very nice.
Here are some of the best tweets:
did you just assume ET's gender???https://t.co/bl0Jsx39Kr
— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) June 15, 2017
the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park are femalehttps://t.co/jxN7xtYpJE
— Miles Testimonklee (@MilesKlee) June 15, 2017
Do we know if ET was make or female? What about Jaws, what gender was the shark? Jurassic Park, was the T-Rex make or female? Who knows?
— BritMilit (@BritMilit) June 15, 2017
— Mike Holt (@HoltsEyeView) June 15, 2017
How do we know ET wasn't female? Gender bias?
— Douglas Bauman (@dphotomeister) June 15, 2017
What gender was ET
— Good Gravey (@GoodGravey) June 15, 2017
Pretty sure ET was female, but I wouldn't want to assume gender.
— Thomas Aquinas (@bobvilla1998) June 15, 2017