Mila Kunis has written a revealing essay speaking out against the sexist treatment of women in Hollywood. She says she is fed up with tolerating unfair treatment out of fear of being seen as a "bitch" and jeopardizing her career:
"I taught myself that to succeed as a woman in this industry I had to play by the rules of the boy's club. But the older I got and the longer I worked in this industry, the more I realized that it's bullshit! And, worse, that I was complicit in allowing it to happen."
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An unnamed producer apparently told Kunis she would "never work in this town again" unless she posed half-naked for a photo shoot to promote a film. Kunis has proudly stated that it the first time she'd refused such a demand, and it looks like she's not stopping there.
Kunis founded Orchard Farm Productions with three other women in a bid to increase opportunities and promote inclusivity for women in Hollywood. An email exchange with a business client who referred to her as "soon to be Ashton's wife and baby momma" led to the production company severing the deal, as Kunis felt he had "reduced my value to nothing more than my relationship to a successful man and my ability to bear children".
She defends her decision to end the business relationship, saying:
"Yes, it is only one small comment. But it's these very comments that women deal with day in and day out in offices, on calls, and in emails — microaggressions that devalue the contributions and worth of hard-working women."
Luckily, she's not the only one who's speaking out against inequality. Kunis joins a growing number of female actors who are refusing to remain silent over their experiences. Patricia Arquette has been incredibly vocal about both the wage gap and age discrimination for female actors. Michelle Rodriguez claims she almost left the Fast and the Furious franchise after refusing to portray a tired stereotype of her female character.
More recently, Star Wars' Daisy Ridley voiced her thoughts on the lack of Rey merchandise produced. If the star of one of the biggest film franchises on the planet has to push to see herself represented, you know there's some real issues that need to be addressed.
Mila Kunis is definitely voicing what's been on a lot of women's minds. She hopes that by being vocal about the issue, she will encourage more women to speak up:
"If this is happening to me, it is happening more aggressively to women everywhere. I am fortunate that I have reached a place that I can stop compromising and stand my ground, without fearing how I will put food on my table. I am also fortunate that I have the platform to talk about this experience in the hope of bringing one more voice to the conversation so that women in the workplace feel a little less alone and more able to push back for themselves."
Kunis is now focused on helping other women in the industry avoid what she has faced, changing Hollywood from the inside. She wants to create "an environment where there is the opportunity for growth", and is not going to allow herself to be "compromised" any longer.
Of course, she has one final message for the producer who threatened her career:
Have a look at Mila Kunis' latest role in Bad Moms:
[Sources: A Plus]