Oh Meryl, not you too.
Remember in February when Patricia Arquette won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress and used her acceptance speech to call for gender equality and an end to the wage gap in America?
It was a pretty nice moment (although short-lived).
Here’s her fellow actress and Oscar-winner Meryl Streep responding to the comments on the night.
Earlier this year, 66-year-old Streep joined other influential Americans asking the US Congress to revive the Equal Rights Amendment, which would enshrine the rights of women in the country’s constitution.
She is currently doing publicity for her new film Suffragettes, in which she plays Emmeline Pankhurst, the leader of the British suffragette movement that helped women win the right to vote.
It would appear that Meryl Streep is a feminist.
Except that she says she isn’t.
In a baffling interview with London’s Time Out, Streep has distanced herself from the term, opting instead to call herself a “humanist”.
It’s worth noting that she did so while also saying that men at decision-making levels in Hollywood should look around their tables and realise something is wrong when half of their colleagues aren’t women.
“Men should look at the world as if something is wrong when their voices predominate. They should feel it,” she said.
Feminism is any political movement that fights for equal rights for both sexes. (I know you’re busy Meryl, so let me google that for you.)
This is an idea that Meryl Streep consistently appears to support.
By comparison, ‘humanism’ is a philosophical and ethical stance, which values humans over divine beings.