Citizen Emily

Emily Blunt “astonished” by outrage over her joke, weighs in on screen sexism

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 21: Emily Blunt attends the UK Premiere of "Sicario" at Empire Leicester Square on September 21, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)

Emily Blunt came under fire from some rightwing pundits after she had jokingly said that she thought she had “made a terrible mistake” by gaining US citizenship after she had watched the Republican presidential debate. “I was bummed,” she said on Howard Stern’s SiriusXM radio show. “I was sort of astonished by the outrage, because it was meant completely as an innocuous joke. So I think I was more taken aback, so it did bum me out.” Blunt had earlier been forced to apologize about the comments, saying she never intended to cause offence or hurt anyone and would leave the political jokes to talk-show hosts. She also told Howard Stern her comments were like “catnip” for people who wanted to criticize her, but pointed out that she passed her citizenship test swimmingly, answering all questions correctly. In the wide-ranging interview, the actor also revealed she had declined to perform a nude scene in her new film Sicario. When the film premiered in Cannes, Blunt criticized the tendency for women to be cast as an ideal “for some mid-life crisis a guy is having.” She has also commended the writer, director, and studio backing Sicario for making the film with a leading female protagonist.

Read the full stories at The Guardian and Cinema Blend.

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