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In an interview with Redbook this month, actress Kaley Cuoco, star of Big Bang Theory on CBS, was asked if she’s a feminist.
“Is it bad if I say no?” she asked in response.
Kind of, if by “bad” you mean, “ignorant.”
I totally get it though, because I thought the same thing back when I was an ignorant teenager. Feminism was something of the past. I didn’t realize I was a feminist, until I politely requested that men respect my wish to not be propositioned by strangers and now I get rape threats and DDoS attacks from men who call me a feminazi.
Kaley went on to talk about how she enjoys cooking meals for her husband, as something of an example of why she isn’t a feminist. This should come as a surprise to all of us feminists who love to cook. I’ll just throw away this plate of gingerbread cookies I made. I’m sure my boyfriend will understand….he knew what he was getting into, dating a feminist.
After a bit of an uproar, Kaley issued a not-pology, in which she literally says “sorry if you were offended.” She says that “anyone that truly knows (her), knows (her) heart and knows what (she) meant.” She seems to be confused here, because she doesn’t actually clarify her position at all and also she seems to be under the impression that Redbook isn’t a magazine that’s available to the general public to purchase, but instead is a personal diary distributed only to people who know her heart.
Ultimately I blame the Redbook reporter for this: first, for not explaining to Cuoco that the interview would be read by complete strangers who have no idea what is in her heart of hearts, and also for asking her if she’s a feminist in the first place. Hey, reporters: stop asking random celebrities if they’re feminists! Cuoco’s job is to get in front of a camera and act like a dumb blonde stereotype alongside men acting like socially inept geniuses. No one needs to know that she has an ill-informed concept of the continued fight for women’s rights. I’ll just assume she has no idea what she’s talking about unless she decides of her own free will to show otherwise. I’m looking at you, Emma Watson!