The X-Files has long been a cult favorite among sci-fi fans, but apparently, there may be a problematic history behind the scenes. Earlier this week, TVLine reported that the list of writers for The X Files' upcoming 11th season is comprised entirely of men, prompting star Gillian Anderson to call out the lack of women working on the show via Twitter on Thursday. Alongside a retweet from the Washington Post asking how such an imbalance still happens, Anderson wrote, "And 2 out of 207 eps directed by women. I too look forward to the day when the numbers are different.
#TheFutureisFemale." (Bustle reached out to Fox, who declined to comment).
As BuzzFeed points out, this isn't a new issue: Across the series' 10-season, 209-episode-run, only nine women have written for the show. And, as Anderson notes, even fewer have directed: She and Michelle MacLaren are the only two women to have ever earned credits for helming an episode. Moreover, Anderson claimed to The Hollywood Reporter last year that when negotiating her income for The X-Files' revival, she was initially offered a salary half of co-star David Duchovny's pay, despite the fact that they both play leading characters. (Sources told THR that Anderson and Duchovny ultimately received equal pay.)
Needless to say, fans have plenty of thoughts about The X-Files' apparent lack of women writers.
Some Were Speechless
Zero women in the X-Files writer's room for season 11? pic.twitter.com/STf0jMb5bk— Kaitie Hil🔥 (@kthilburner) June 27, 2017
That about sums it up.
Others Found It Hypocritical
Gillian Anderson just gave a well deserved drag to The X-Files. As popular as that show is with women, you'd think they'd do better.— Lady Yoshi 🇺🇸 (@HistoryDiva25) June 29, 2017
The X-Files' strong female characters may have drawn in a solid female fan base, but the numbers suggest they don't uphold the same standards off-screen.
Transparent Creator Jill Soloway Chimed In With Some Sarcasm
Luckily there are no women needed in the writing of the new season of X Files! https://t.co/nRvuQpgEsJ— Jill Soloway (@jillsoloway) June 29, 2017
Men know exactly how women think, right?
This Woman Called Out Another Fan's Ignorance
Of course some dude on Facebook would be all "Well, did any women actually TRY to get a job on The X-Files?" pic.twitter.com/4eO469otmb— Colleen (@invisicoll) June 29, 2017
Why would women want to work on a hit TV show?
This Person Noted How Long It Took To Get A Woman In The Director's Chair
Pretty crazy that only TWO episodes of The X-Files have been directed by women. The very 1st one? Season 7. The director? Gillian Anderson. https://t.co/59roYYhyus— John Squires (@FreddyInSpace) June 29, 2017
It wasn't until Season 7 — six years after The X-Files premiered.
And This Fan Dreamed Big
LRT: it's time for an X-Files reboot with Gillian Anderson as Skinner, two women as Mulder and Scully, and an all-woman writers room.— CP Hoffman (@CharlesPHoffman) June 28, 2017
Might as well shoot for the stars.
So, X-Files, your move. It's 2017 — it's about time to expand your perspective (and team).