Anna Kendrick’s Comments About Feminism Are Pitch Perfect (Sorry, We Had To)
Anna Kendrick is an Oscar-nominated actress, star of everyone’s favorite movie Pitch Perfect (and my favorite movie, Twilight), AND a feminist.
Yasssss, you heard that right. She’s embracing the term feminist, and is down with smashing the patriarchy and fighting for equality for women!
She told The Daily Beast:
It’s hard because words confuse me sometimes. There isn’t a word for a member of an ethnic minority who is pro equal rights for all races, but there is a word for gender equality—and that’s feminism. It’s a very female-centric word. I understand that the implication is that “I’m a woman who supports women” and not “I’m a person who supports gender equality.” I feel like the word can be appropriated by the wrong people for that reason and misinterpreted by those people, but you just have to fight back and own that word. It’s practically become a curse word. Somebody says, “Oh, you’re being such a feminist,” and you’re supposed to be like, “No I’m not.” Why are we afraid of that word? It exists and we can’t get rid of it, so let’s fight for it and embrace it.
Kendrick, who was violated by hackers and had personal photos spread on the internet earlier this year, had this to say about our culture of victim shaming and blaming:
I’m happy that it seems like more people are coming around. Because it happened en masse in that way, it forced people to come around and go, “Everybody does this and victim-blaming is not helping.” Because before that, there was a lot of, “If you didn’t want naked photos of yourself on the Internet, well, you shouldn’t have taken them.”…the one and only good thing that came out of it is that it really shifted the conversation. Friends of mine that had taken the other attitude were like, “People should be able to do whatever they want, and it’s fucked up that that happened to them.” That’s the lone positive that came out of that whole thing.
She also plays Cinderella in Into The Woods (must.see.now) and is proud to be twisting the princess stereotype on its head:
…what’s interesting about this particular Cinderella story is that not only does she say, “Getting a man isn’t everything and I choose something else,” but she’s also saying, “Just because my lot in life improved a bit doesn’t mean I don’t deserve better.”
In short: Anna Kendrick, F**K YEAH.