Kirsten Dunst, former it girl and current person who says things that are maybe kinda sexist, is at it again. First she told Harper's Bazaar UK that traditional gender roles are her jam. And now she's saying in W magazine that actresses who get taken advantage of by their directors are probably asking for it.
Dunst initially caused a minor firestorm earlier this month when Harper's Bazaar UK published an interview with her for its May issue. It seems she has lots of feelings on women knowing their place:
I feel like the feminine has been a little undervalued.... We all have to get our own jobs and make our own money, but staying at home, nurturing, being the mother, cooking – it's a valuable thing my mum created. And sometimes, you need your knight in shining armour. I'm sorry. You need a man to be a man and a woman to be a woman. That's why relationships work…
The comments, needless to say, made more than a few people angry. But instead of trying to make people forget, backtracking, or even clarifying her point in a way that makes a little more sense, Dunst is just doubling down. In Friday's W interview with Sofia Coppola, with whom Dunst has worked many times, she explains why she's never been groped by a director:
I feel like you and I are so on the same page about how to approach things. Have you ever worked with a director you didn't agree with? And if so, what did you do?
I have, and it takes all the fun out of what you do. You just get through it instead of having a meaningful experience.
What if a director pounces on you while working? Has that ever happened?
No [laughs]. I don't give off that vibe. I think that you court that stuff, and to me it's crossing a boundary that would hinder the trust in your working relationship.
Yep. People trying to make it in a business where a reputation can be destroyed by a single bad rumor are definitely giving off a grope-me vibe. After all, white-knight power structures are there for a reason.