So there's this smart, funny and successful female comedy star who now headlines her own network series (name withheld since I still subscribe to her Twitter account)--and she said this recently:
[Name Withheld] credited exec producer [male name withheld] with teaching her how to just be. “He showed me how to be a leader, that I don’t need to scream constantly and that people will listen to me when I’m the boss”.
It's sad to read stuff like this. When I was doing my background actor (extra) and stand-in work in the late 80s to late 90s, I was screamed at by both men and women (fortunately, just a few times over a nine-year period). And you're supposed to take it in and somehow work harder to do everything Just Right without displaying any kind of visible/verbal emotional reaction.
Perhaps, in some instances, it's not that you've made the kind of mistake that requires a Defcon-4 magnitude response from an actor/assistant director/production assistant/cinematographer/grip/gaffer. It's just that you're in their immediate vicinity, you're powerless and can be screamed at partially because the screamer doesn't choose to the contents of his/her psychic colostomy bag onto someone of equal or greater status (that could cause him/her to lose his/her job).
So my hope is that the television comedy star who has to contend with the understandably huge stress of creating, co-writing and starring (plus dealing with ratings-conscious network executives who think they're just as creative) in her own series will gradually learn not to scream at all, for her and her co-workers' sake.
And wishing the same to men in the Business too.