Ryan Murphy's new FX series
Feud: Bette and Joan
delves deeper behind the headline-making animosity between Hollywood legends Bette Davis and Joan Crawford to show systematic issues of sexism and ageism--issues that still feel relevant today.
"When we were writing the scripts, we felt like Hillary was going to win,” Murphy tells
. “It was like, ‘Isn’t this amazing? Look how far we’ve come. We have a woman running the country. Maybe we don’t have to worry about a glass ceiling anymore. Maybe we’re not going to have to worry about ageism and white men in power controlling everything and unfair wages for women.'
, though, the show feels much more sobering and heartbreaking and actually necessary. It really shines a spotlight on all these issues that we thought were going away, but are actually are not.
“I hope this show can be a jumping-off point for people to see what these two legendary women had to go through to survive in a way that their male counterparts—like Gary Cooper, John Wayne, Clark Gable—never had to," he continues. "I hoped that everything shown in these scenes set in 1962 would feel like a period piece, and sadly, now, these scenes do not.”
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