Scarlett Johansson is one of the most successful and beloved actresses in Hollywood today. She started her acting career in smaller, indie fare but her breakout role was in Sofia Coppola’s masterpiece Lost In Translation. However, joining Marvel Cinematic Universe as Black Widow a.k.a Natasha Romanoff, Johansson became quite the superstar. Today, as ScarJo celebrates her 37th birthday, we are celebrating her fighting back sexism over the years with wit and humour. Go get them, girl!
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Here is 5 times birthday girl Scarlett Johansson took down sexist crap aimed at her like the badass superhero she is!
In a press conference, an interviewer asked the Avengers actress about the diet she maintained to play her role as the Black Widow and Robert Downey Jr. about his character development as Iron Man. Johansson turned to Downey and asked, “How come you get the really interesting existential question, and I get the like, ‘rabbit food’ question?” and skipped the question.
In a 2012 interview, a correspondent asked Johansson whether she wore undergarments underneath her costume. Johansson replied, “Since when did people start asking each other in interviews about their underwear?” Although she dodged the question kindly and tried to explain to the interviewer how stupid the question was, I think the interviewer should have some sense that asking anybody about their undergarments is so creepy and disgusting.
Johansson spoke out against the sexist questions she has received over the span of her career and criticized the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) for not adequately addressing the issue. She said, “Unless there is necessary fundamental reform within the organization, I believe it is time that we take a step back from the HFPA and focus on the importance and strength of unity within our unions and the industry as a whole.”
With the Black Widow movie, ScarJo’s estimated payday of more than $15 million will put her on par with male leads including Chris Evans (Captain America) and Chris Hemsworth (Thor). “Money is a taboo topic of conversation,” she acknowledged. However, Johansson was proud to confirm her well-earned deal. “I will say that, yes, I’m on an equal playing field with my male cohorts,” she noted. We should recommend Hollywood to do the same with people of colour now.
The movie Black Widow was delayed because of the pandemic and was released on July 9. Johansson sued Disney over the release of the film, accusing it of breaching her contract when it offered the movie on its Disney+ streaming service while it was still showing in cinemas. She said the decision meant that she was deprived of potential earnings. Now, the case is settled.
We think ScarJo is not only trained as an assassin but also in tackling sexism. Recently, the Jojo Rabbit actress received the American Cinematheque Award, with her friend and fellow Avenger Chris Evans giving an adorable speech about their brother-sister-like bond, She became the 35th recipient of the award. Now, where is her award for standing up for herself?
We wish Scarlett Johansson a very Happy Birthday and hope she does not have to face such questions and situations in future, which is kind of impossible but we are keeping our fingers crossed!