Jennifer Lopez Speaks Out About Sexism, Being Called ‘Diva’

Jennifer Lopez has been called a “diva” a few times in her career, and now the actress is speaking out about these claims against her. Us Weekly shared that Jennifer Lopez sat down with the Hollywood Reporter during a roundtable discussion that included Kerry Washington, Sarah Paulson, Julianna Margulies, Kirsten Dunst, and more. During this discussion, Jennifer shared her thoughts on being called a “diva,” sexism, and more. Lopez thinks that men get a bigger break than women do sometimes.

Jennifer explained her thoughts about how women are expected to handle things better than men.

“I’ve always been fascinated by how much more well-behaved we have to be than men. I got a moniker of being ‘the diva,’ which I never felt I deserved — which I don’t deserve — because I’ve always been a hard worker, on time, doing what I’m supposed to do, and getting that label because you reach a certain amount of success.”

Lopez went on to admit that sometimes she felt “crippled” to voice her opinion. Jennifer said that if a man was late or acting rude toward someone, they would be able to get away with it. Lopez says that she would get a hard time if she was just 15 minutes late for something. This doesn’t mean that she is a “diva,” but Lopez was simply not always on time — things happen.

Jennifer doesn’t see anything wrong with her having an opinion or being passionate about things, but she thinks this is held against her sometimes. Jennifer also shared that even though she still wears sexy clothes on stage or in videos, when it comes to being an actress she doesn’t see any reason to take it all off like she used to do. This has to do with being a mom, and now her feelings have changed. Some actresses don’t change the way they do things when they become a mom like Lopez did.

Julianna Margulies of The Good Wife doesn’t really feel the same way about getting naked on screen as Jennifer Lopez does. She had been playing her character for seven years before they went there with it, but she was okay with it because it fit. She shared that she is on CBS, so there is only so much you can take off, but she was fine with it.

Another thing that Jennifer Lopez has been dealing with lately is a rumored feud between her and Mariah Carey. ABC News shared that Mariah is now speaking out about this alleged feud. Carey went on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen and tried to share her side of things. Years ago Carey was asked about Jennifer Lopez and she said she didn’t know her, but this still keeps coming up. Carey was actually surprised that people are still talking about it years later.

Jennifer Lopez actually said on The Wendy Williams Show recently that they have met many times. Mariah Carey went on to explain to Andy Cohen that she doesn’t know Jennifer Lopez. It sounds like the two have met, run into each other now and then, but they are not friends and don’t know each other well. There doesn’t seem to be any feud, though. They are just two women who both have similar jobs, but don’t know each other.

Are you shocked to hear what Jennifer Lopez had to say about being called a “diva”? Do you think Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez really have a feud going on? Sound off in the comments section below on your thoughts, and don’t miss Jennifer on her show Shades of Blue.

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