It's been 30 years since Married…with Children hit our TV screens!
And now, Katey Sagal, who played bonbon-obsessed Peg Bundy, is speaking out about the show, specifically calling out its misogyny.
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In an interview with AOL, the actress revealed how she was aware of the show's blatant sexism at the time, but knew she also had to do her job.
"It was a very misogynistic show. It was when I really, clearly understood that my job as an actor was to interpret the material. It's not necessarily my belief system. My belief system has nothing to do with being an actor. You know, I was hired to play a part … The women were portrayed completely exploited on that show. That was part of Al Bundy's thing — he liked hot women, and they showed them all the time."
She's not wrong! That show really did not like women unless they resembled blow-up sex dolls!
The 63-year-old reiterated how she was simply doing her job in her portrayal of Peg, saying:
"And so, people would ask me questions like, 'Is this what you think? I mean, how can you be on a show like this?' And I was really clear that I don't believe in censorship, and I also believe that it's my job as an actor to interpret the material — it's not my belief. If you're asking me, do I think women should be portrayed in a misogynistic way, in an exploited way, of course I don't think that. But playing Peg Bundy had nothing to do with what I thought. That was my job."
Katey also explained how the other actors eventually realized some viewers were taking the show a little too seriously:
"Suddenly, it dawned on us that this is not just a satire to everybody. Some people are really, truly relating to this, and that's when I would get these very serious questions about a show that was really only meant to be funny. It was meant to be funny and to entertain and to laugh at ourselves. And I always got it as that, but some people took it really seriously."
Well, we're sure plenty of actors can relate to the reality of playing characters they don't necessarily agree or connect with.
It kind of sucks Katey had to deal with that for a whole decade though!
Since then, however, she's definitely padded her resume with better work on shows like Futurama and Sons of Anarchy.
At least, we'd like to think so!
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