Originally published on madamenoire.com
Have these women been less than supportive of other ladies or are they misunderstood? How do you feel about these stars accused of leaving other women out to dry?
STACEY DASHWith her post as a correspondent on Fox News, Stacey Dash has blamed women for everything from high divorce rates — because women “don’t know how to take care of their men anymore” — to the wage gap.
COCO AUSTINThe new mom raised a lot of eyebrows when she told Andy Cohen that women should be submissive to their husbands like she’s a “slave” to Ice-T.
CAITLYN JENNERWhen Caitlyn Jenner said that the hardest part of being a woman was “figuring out what to wear,” she angered a lot of women who said that she doesn’t understand the struggle. Even actress Rose McGowan chimed in to say Jenner had no idea what it was like to be a real woman in a non-Kardashian world and asked her to have several seats.
But Cyrus said nothing could be further from the truth. According to her, she’s doing what men do, making her more of a feminist. Do you agree?
E.L. JAMESMillions of Twitter users gathered during Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L. James’s Twitter Q&A session to call her a misogynist who supports rape culture. Are they right? Or did book criticism go too far?
AYESHA CURRYAfter telling her Twitter followers that she prefers to stay covered up and saves her goods for her husband, Curry was accused of slut-shaming women who choose not to dress so modestly. Were people overreacting or was she looking down on those who like to bare a little skin?
During a public rally in Mberengwa, Zimbabwe, Mugabe told thousands of Zanu PF party supporters that women who choose to wear miniskirts are to blame if they’re raped. She stated, “If you walk around wearing miniskirts displaying your thighs and inviting men to drool over you, then you want to complain when you have been raped? It’s unfortunate because it will be your fault.” First Lady Mugabe then went on to suggest that women have a choice in determining their fate by wearing longer dresses and pants as a preventative measure because miniskirts are “signs of moral decadence in our country.”
MERYL STREEPSuffragette star Meryl Streep recently came under fire for saying that she’s not a feminist — and then to make matters worse, wore a T-shirt that said, “I’d rather be a rebel than a slave” while promoting the film.
The Streep furor began when the three-time Oscar winner, who plays activist Emmeline Pankhurst in a brief but noteworthy appearance, sidestepped the question of whether she considers herself a feminist, according to The Guardian. Streep instead said, “I am a humanist, I am for nice, easy balance.”
This reply disappointed campaigners against Hollywood sexism, especially after Streep’s Suffragette co-stars Carey Mulligan and Romola Garai said without hesitation that they were feminists.
Female bloggers were left perplexed by Streep’s reluctance to embrace the f-word. Jezebel writer Joanna Rothkopf wrote: “In early September, Streep sent a package to each member of Congress urging him or her to support the Equal Rights Amendment. … She whooped when Patricia Arquette spoke about equal pay at the Oscars. … But for some reason she doesn’t feel comfortable calling herself a feminist.”
In advance of the film’s premiere at the London film festival this week, Streep responded to the f-word issue by saying, “There is a phrase in the film –‘Deeds not words’ — and that is where I stand on that. I let the actions of my life stand for what I am, as a human being. Contend with that, not the words.”
NANCY GRAHNThe General Hospital star’s now-infamous tweets criticizing Viola Davis’s compelling Emmy speech not only sounded racist to Twitter users, but she sounded jealous of another woman’s success.
The How To Get Away With Murder actress, Viola Davis made history by being the first African American women to win the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. And her speech was one for the record books.
Nancy Lee Grahn expressed her disapproval… explicitly. In a series of tweets, she wrote:
“I wish I loved #ViolaDavis Speech, but I thought she should have let @shondarhimes write it. #Emmys
Nancy could have stopped there. We would have still side-eyed her but she could have explained her way out of it. It was the subsequent tweets that dug an irreparable hole. In response to someone else, she said:
“@nxssy I do 2. I think she’s the bees knees but she’s elite of TV performers. Brilliant as she is. She has never been discriminated against.”
Grahn was immediately criticized. But she still didn’t get the picture.
“@MelioraEsq and I heard harriet y Tubman [sic] and I thought its a fucking emmy for gods sake [sic]. She wasn’t digging thru a tunnel.”
She really did it with that last one, and promptly got roasted for believing that the Underground Railroad was a system of tunnels beneath the earth, leading to freedom. Black Twitter is “kindly” letting her know that they were not.
ANNE HATHAWAYAnne Hathaway recently ruffled feathers when she blamed 20-year old actresses for stealing all of the good roles — instead of pointing the finger at studios who don’t write roles for older women.
GWYNETH PALTROWWhen someone writes the article “Why do so many women hate Gwyneth Paltrow?” then you know something is certainly off. Ironically, Paltrow somehow made things worse when she slammed women for being “vitriolic to other women.”