Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, who celebrated the one-year anniversary of her wedding to tennis player Ryan Sweeting on New Year’s Eve, made news by telling Redbook she is not a feminist. After receiving backlash, the Big Bang Theory star took to Instagram to clarify.
“In my ‘Redbook’ article, some people have taken offense to my comments regarding feminism — if any of you are in the ‘biz’ you are well aware of how words can be taken out of context. I’m completely blessed and grateful that strong women have paved the way for my success along with many others. I apologize if anyone was offended. Anyone that truly knows me, knows my heart and knows what I meant.”
Among Cuoco’s controversial comments was that she was “never that feminist girl demanding equality,” and that she likes “the idea of women taking care of their men. I’m so in control of my work that I like coming home and serving [Ryan].”
Shortly after the article surfaced, the public took to Twitter to respond. The comments continued into the New Year.
— Samquisitor (@SamMaggs) December 30, 2014
Kaley Cuoco is not a feminist. Bono is a feminist. Does not matter. Both are irrelevant.
— indio_rage(@indio_rage) January 1, 2015
Soooeasy to say you’re not a feminist when you are living a life of privilege fought for you by feminists…#KaleyCuoco
— 2015 (@joferguson9) January 2, 2015
Ok folks, it’s 2015, we should all know the meaning of the word feminist. I’m looking at you Kaley Cuoco. — Sean (@MPSean) January 1, 2015
Although Cuoco’s Instagram post implies her words were taken out of context, the actor did not attempt to clarify her views. Cuoco’s Big Bang Theory co-star Mayim Bialik is a frequent and often-controversial blogger on Kveller. In September 2013, Bialik wrote about the challenge of balancing a religious life and a feminist one.
“I have written a lot about Jewish women and feminism and what it means to both advocate for women in a patriarchal society as well as advocate for women who appreciate halakhic structure in their lives. I consider myself both a feminist in the classical sense and a woman who appreciates halakhic Judaism in the classical sense. Sure, it’s an unusual mix, but you know what? There are no rules about how any of us ‘should’ be.”
Mayim Bialik and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting will both be back in new episodes of The Big Bang Theory, which airs Thursdays on CBS.
[Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting image via Redbook]