Anna Kendrick gets honest about feminism and fame in the new issue of Glamour UK, and her comments highlight something we often forget about celebrities.
It's commendable for those in the spotlight to use their platforms to bring attention to issues that matter to them, but it's also important to remember that not every celebrity is an expert on every topic, and they're not the only voices that deserve to be heard.
For example, while sexism in the entertainment industry is an important issue that should certainly be addressed, Kendrick argues that we should be looking at more than just Hollywood.
"It shouldn't be the most important conversation about sexism — because no one really wants to fucking hear actors talk about this, because we're in such positions of privilege," she says. "I would love to hear more about sexism that exists in other fields and how we can address that — but we keep getting asked about it."
When asked whether celebrities have a responsibility to speak out, Kendrick admits that she may not the best person for the job. In fact, just like many of her fans, she's still learning.
"Well, it's weird, isn't it, because I feel like why would anybody want my 'expert opinion' on any of these topics?" she wonders. "If you want to learn about intersectional feminism, read Roxane Gay, don't ask me, you know? I'm being asked to speak on these things when I'm trying to learn about them myself."
Kendrick is modest about her own competence on the issue, but her mention of Roxane Gay, a feminist author and professor, is significant. Much like fellow actress Emma Watson's feminist book club, this is a good example of how celebrities can use their influence to encourage education and discussion of important subjects without making themselves out to be authorities.
Of course, while Kendrick may not be an expert on feminism, she's certainly not afraid to use the word. "Why are we afraid of that word?" she asked in a 2014 interview with The Daily Beast. "It exists and we can't get rid of it, so let's fight for it and embrace it."
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