Scarlett Johansson has criticised the American media's 'sexist' treatment of senator Hillary Clinton during her bid for the White House.

Mrs Clinton lost out on the Democratic party's nomination for the presidency to Barack Obama but made history nonetheless in being the first woman to run for the highest office in the US.

Speaking to Cosmo Girl magazine, Johansson - a staunch Obama supporter - has lambasted the media's treatment of the former First Lady.

"We still live in a country that's sexist and racist. Those are issues that we deal with whether we want to ignore it or not," said the Lost in Translation star.

"Seeing how the media portrayed Hillary with unbelievable sexism - some of the things that people were saying were just so overwhelming. You just couldn't believe the names that they were calling her!"

However, Johansson expressed her hope of a change in American attitudes, having encountered a number of politicised college students while touring US campuses.

"These kids are just so well-informed and so interested. There were really obscure questions and debates that they wanted to lead - I couldn't believe it!" she remarked

"And it was amazing how many of these kids turned out. I'm 23, and all of these kids are probably between 16 to 24. They're my peers, so we can all talk on the same wavelength. We're all connected by the same issues."

Johansson recently married fellow actor Ryan Reynolds, 31.

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