A member of The Academy has said that he won’t vote for a film about periods because they’re “icky.”
The anonymous man, who sits on the board that votes on the winners of the Oscars, wrote the comment on his ballot in reference to Period. End Of Sentence. The film is nominated for Best Documentary Short at the annual awards ceremony, which takes place at LA’s Dolby Theater on Sunday (February 24).
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the man wrote: “[I’m not going to vote for] Period. End Of Sentence – it’s well done, but it’s about women getting their period and I don’t think any man is voting for this film because it’s just icky for men.”
The film follows women living in a rural village near Delhi who are trying to change the taboo over menstruation. The women in the documentary are seen making their own sanitary towels from overused cotton because the way periods are treated within the community makes it too embarrassing for them to do in the day time.
Men featured in the film also admit that they have no idea what the word “period” means, suggesting it refers to “an illness that mostly affects girls.”
A trailer for Period. End Of Sentence features stars including Lily Rose Depp and Priyanka Chopra explaining how The Pad Project helped the women in Delhi start their own business making sanitary pads.
Meanwhile, the Oscars will go ahead this weekend without a host for the first time in 30 years. Kevin Hart was due to present the ceremony but dropped out shortly after he was confirmed when old, homophobic tweets resurfaced and sparked controversy.