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The Chrissy Metz-Alison Brie debacle shows how awards nights are still all about dividing women

If it’s not what they’re wearing, it’s what they may (or may not) be saying.

IT’S YANNY AND Laurel all over again.

‘This Is Us’ star Chrissy Metz was drawn into controversy at this year’s Golden Globes, when she was seemingly caught on mic calling fellow actor Alison Brie a bitch.

Golden Globes - Chrissy Metz Chrissy Metz at the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills on Jan. 6, 2019, left, and Alison Brie at Porter's 3rd Annual Incredible Women Gala in Los Angeles on Oct. 9, 2018. Source: AP/PA Images

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Metz was speaking during Facebook’s pre-show, and was asked to help introduce Brie for the next segment. As the camera panned, some viewers seemed to think she called the ‘GLOW’ actor – nominated for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy  for the first time – a bitch, not realising her mic was still on.

The usual circus began – Brie was asked about the comment, which she hadn’t heard (or perhaps had the right mind to play dumb about the whole thing.) Getting wind of the story herself, Metz vehemently denied making the remark.

“I don’t speak about anyone like that I don’t speak like that. I love Alison, I follow her,” Metz told PEOPLE.

When I was walking up they said, ‘Do you know Alison,’ and I said, ‘Oh boy, do I.’ I love her.”

In a statement, a rep for Metz also said: “Chrissy never said that. She would never say that about anybody. She’s a huge fan and friend of Alison Brie. Chrissy has nothing but admiration and respect for Alison and, frankly, every fellow actor who must wade through this much-too-common attempt to create a feud among colleagues.”

Following that, Brie tweeted: “Nothing but love for @chrissymetz !! Rumors can’t keep us down.”

This, all over a comment that no one can quite clearly make out. As far as social media goes, nobody reckons the word Metz used was ‘bitch’.

Tweet by @Heart,Sleeve ~Kristin ✍🏼 Source: Heart,Sleeve ~Kristin ✍🏼/Twitter

On a night which was expected to be a bit of cakewalk for ‘A Star Is Born’, perhaps commentators didn’t expect it to be so full of surprises for the likes of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’; perhaps there was a need to drum up a few more talking points

For women on nights like these, if it’s not about awards, it’s about what they wore. If it’s not about gowns, it’s about what they may or may not have said about another woman; an indistinguishable comment that’s just clear enough for some media outlets to construe it as snide.

This happened on a night where Regina King, upon winning an award for her performance in ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’, committed to producing projects which involve 50 per cent women.

In terms of gender equality, the awards show playing field might seem more even to some. But in the same way men are rarely asked about their tuxes, you’d struggle to see sites scrambling over a muffle comment a male actor made about another.

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