Despite the fact that she is now one of television’s highest-paid actresses after signing a three-year contract with The Big Bang Theory to make $1 million per episode, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting doesn’t consider herself a feminist.
When asked in an interview for the February issue of Redbook if she thought of herself as a feminist, she replied: “Is it bad if I say no? It’s not really something I think about. Things are different now, and I know a lot of the work that paved the way for women happened before I was around… I was never that feminist girl demanding equality, but maybe that’s because I’ve never really faced inequality.”
She went on to discuss her role as a wife to husband of one year, Ryan Sweeting: “I cook for Ryan five nights a week. It makes me feel like a housewife; I love that. I know it sounds old-fashioned, but I like the idea of women taking care of their men. I’m so in control of my work that I like coming home and serving him. My mom was like that, so I think it rubbed off.”
We admire Kaley for her success as an actress and ability to shine among a male-dominated cast, but we couldn’t help but feel disappointed by her comments. We kind of think that she’s missing the point of feminism all together in its pursuit of male and female equality.
After catching quite a bit of heat for her remarks, Kaley felt the need to clarify through an Instagram post on Thursday: “In my Redbook article, some people have taken offense to my comments regarding feminism—if any of you are in the ‘biz’ you are well aware of how words can be taken out of context. I’m completely blessed and grateful that strong women have paved the way for my success along with many others. I apologize if anyone was offended. Anyone that truly knows me, knows my heart and knows what I meant.”
While we appreciate her attempt to smooth things over, Kaley still didn’t clearly define her stance on the situation. Do you believe her words were taken out of context or is she confused about feminism’s meaning? Is she really apologetic or just trying to maintain her public image?