"Good afternoon, all you nasty ladies."
Jane Rosenthal, a film producer and co-founder of Tribeca Enterprises, recited this recent Trump-ism, which he used in reference to Hillary Clinton at the final Presidential Debate last week, to a raucous response Tuesday afternoon at Locanda Verde, where Chanel launched its second annual women's filmmaker program, "Through Her Lens," in collaboration with Pulse Films and Tribeca Film Institute.
Paula Weinstein, the executive vice president of Tribeca Enterprises, then echoed Rosenthal's statement: "In a way, I'm glad the hidden words are gone and the true feelings are out," she said. "We always knew what we were fighting against, but now women across parties are coming together. The patriarchy will be hard to make die, but it will."
The all-female crowd included Rashida Jones, Girls producer/writer/director Jenni Konner, actresses Katie Holmes, Diane Lane, Mamie Gummer, Zosia Mamet, and Jennifer Westfeldt, plus the brit-pack: Sienna Miller, Emily Mortimer, Ruth Wilson, and Gillian Anderson.
Anderson, who is half-British, had her absentee ballet ready, as did Jones. "I'm doing absentee so that I can be wherever I need to be to just cope," she said. "I have an instinct where I want to go to sleep for 36 hours and then wake up and have the whole thing be over."
Unlike Jones, most guests said they would be watching election night surrounded by friends and loved ones. "I feel like you have to be really nice and supportive to other women in your life right now," said Westfeldt. "I think events like this one are an incredible balm and antidote to the conversation that's been thrust upon us. It fosters a community and supports young females with different voices and stories to tell in a time when we've been watching women get degraded and disrespected almost daily on the national stage."
And while this crowd decided to take "nasty woman" as a compliment — Jones says being a nasty woman in Hollywood means "being persistent and not taking no for an answer" — everyone could agree that they were ready for the nasty man on the television to disappear.
"It's about knowing when to shut the laptop," said Gummer.
And what if Mr. Trump happened to waltz into Locanda Verde at this very moment?
"I have such a visceral reaction to him," said Jones. "So I would just hope not to be sick."