If you thought Meryl Streep could do no wrong — think again!
The Hollywood legend posed in a recent photoshoot for Time Out London magazine alongside Carey Mulligan, Romola Garai, and Anne-Marie Duff to promote their upcoming film Suffragette!
But the Oscar winner and her co-stars suffered a bit of backlash online for wearing T-shirts that featured what some considered a controversial slogan, which read:
“I’d rather be a rebel than a slave.”
The slogan quoted a 1913 speech by women’s rights activist Emmeline Pankhurst, whom Meryl portrays in the film, in which she says that if women don’t get the right to vote than they are essentially slaves to the men that do:
“I know that women, once convinced that they are doing what is right, that their rebellion is just, will go on, no matter what the difficulties, no matter what the dangers, so long as there is a woman alive to hold up the flag of rebellion. I would rather be a rebel than a slave.”
But not everyone feels the quote has the same impact as it did in 1913!
Critics on social media called out Time Out London magazine for using a quote that may have made sense at the turn of the 20th century, but holds a different meaning for today’s readers.
Twitter users are blasting the photoshoot for being racially tone-deaf, saying that the historic feminist quote suggests that being a “slave” is a choice:
The magazine says the quote reflects the overall theme of the film of “finding your voice, keeping your nerve and fighting the impulse to be a ‘good girl’.”
What do YOU think?
[Image via Time Out London.]