Emily Ratajkowski Slams TV Host for Calling Her a "Bimbo"
"I can have opinions about feminism and do sexy photo shoots."
One of the most memorable videos released by the UK magazine Love for their annual online advent calendar involved Emily Ratajkowski writhing around on a table while slathering herself up with pasta and olive oil. The 1.34 minute video is brazenly sexy, and not just because she's wearing nothing but lingerie and fingerless gloves.
As a vocal advocate for a woman's right to post naked photo of herself online or engage in provocative public videos, she made a statement in the caption to the video that seemed to preemptively respond to the inevitable backlash of doing a clip that some would argue is downright pornographic:
"To me, female sexuality and sexiness, no matter how conditioned it may be by a patriarchal ideal, can be incredibly empowering for a woman if she feels it is empowering to her. The way I dress, act, flirt, dance, have sex – those are my decisions and they shouldn't be impacted by men. Being sexy is fun and I like it. I should never have to apologize for that. My life is on my terms and if I feel like putting on sexy underwear, it's for me. Personal choice is the core ideal in my concept of feminism. Katie directed us to say 'Stay Strong' at the end of each video and I think it's a message from one woman to another. You're watching a video of a girl grinding in lingerie or whatever else and she is looking into the camera at the end saying, 'you do you, however YOU want to, [screw] the rest'."
Sure enough, on Tuesday, British TV personality Piers Morgan tweeted an unkind response to New York's The Cut promoting Ratajkowski's clip with the caption, "Emily Ratajkowski has slathered her lingerie-clad body in spaghetti, all in the name of feminism." Retweeting the tweet, he wrote, "This is Emily Ratajkowski 'promoting feminism'. Somewhere, Emmeline Pankhurst just vomited."
Emmeline Pankhurst was the leader of the British suffragette movement, which fought to give women the right to vote.
The following morning, the Good Morning Britain host went on a long rant in which he slammed the idea that the racy video was empowering to women.
"I don't know quite what she is. She's a global bimbo," he said. "For goodness sake—get some clothes on and get yourself a proper job."
Later in the show, he clarified that he didn't take issue with her taking part in a raunchy video, only with her touting it as a feminist act.
"My problem with this is the way that people like Emily and Kim Kardashian and others, they strip off all the time, they post this stuff to millions and millions of impressionable young women, and they don't just say, 'Hey, don't I look hot,' and let people make their own judgments. They say, 'I'm doing this to empower women and to promote feminism, which means that every young woman in the world that follows them, of which there are hundreds of millions, say, 'This is the way to get on in life,'" he said.
Later that evening, Emily Ratajkowski responded on Twitter, saying, "Lol never said my love video was a feminist statement. But now it's worth saying that telling women what to do with their bodies & sexuality is actually just classic sexism. I can have opinions about feminism & also do sexy photo shoots k thanks."
She then reposted her statement from the video, in which she says, "Feminism isn't about adjusting, it's about freedom and choice."
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