Jennifer Garner recently gave an impassioned speech at Elle’s Women in Hollywood event this week, calling out Hollywood for its inherent sexism. A lot of the points she made are excellent, but can Jennifer really be discussing media bias when she and her husband, Ben Affleck, use the media whenever they see fit?
For example, Jennifer gave a long anecdote comparing her interview questions to Ben’s interview questions, explaining, “So for example, my husband and I do kind of the same job, a little bit. We got home at night and compared notes. And I told him every single person who interviewed me, I mean every single one, and this is true of the red carpet here tonight Elle, asked me, ‘How do you balance work and family?’”
On the other hand, the only thing that Ben was supposedly asked about was his experience in making out with Emily Ratajkowski in Gone Girl.
Now, I’m all for calling out the media for sexism and gender bias, but Jennifer is the one who trots out her kids whenever she needs a photo op. Sure, she [and her husband] have toned it down a lot recently, but every time they want to kick start an Oscar campaign or promote a movie, they just bring their family out for a little paparazzi-accompanied outing. So the reason that the media asks her about balancing work and family is BECAUSE she keeps talking about them and bringing them to events – not to mention that she’s the one who’s staying at home and taking care of them while Ben is working. It’s a double standard because the double standard exists. You don’t see Meryl Streep or Amy Adams getting asked these questions in every interview, do you? Yeah, there’s a reason for that.
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