“Anchorman 2” hits theaters Wednesday, and the highly anticipated movie sequel that satirizes television news in the 1970s will be ripe with comedy. But underneath the laughter is the reality of discrimination that female and minority television reporters confronted during that era.
At the Newseum in Washington, D.C., where a new “Anchorman” exhibit celebrates the movie series, the museum’s director of collections told “Power Players” that Will Ferrell and his creative team took inspiration for the comedy from the true story of pioneering television reporter Jessica Savitch.
“They were watching an actual documentary about Jessica Savitch and were struck by not just her story but by the overt and over-the-top sexism that her male co-anchors, counterparts were willingly discussing,” curator Carrie Christofferson said. “And they thought, ‘You know, we can have a little fun with this and poke some holes through some of the ideas.’”
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