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Why Armie Hammer wants people to refer to him as Elizabeth Chambers’ husband

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Armie Hammer is speaking out about privilege.

The cult of the straight, white man runs strong in Hollywood.

But one actor who’s not buying into it is Armie Hammer, who’s currently playing Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s husband Martin in a biopic of the Supreme Court judge’s life.

In an unusual move for Hollywood, there’s no moment in On the Basis of Sex where Martin tries to undermine RBG (Felicity Jones) or is threatened by her brilliance.

And art seems to mirror life, with Hammer speaking up about and supporting the woman who married him: successful journalist and TV presenter Elizabeth Chambers.

Actor Armie Hammer and his wife actress Elizabeth Chambers arrive for the AFI Opening Night World Premiere Gala Screening of 'On the Basis of Sex' at the TCL Chinese theatre in Hollywood on November 8, 2018. (Photo by Chris Delmas / AFP) (Photo credit should read CHRIS DELMAS/AFP/Getty Images)

Armie Hammer would love to be referred to as Elizabeth Chambers’ husband

In an interview with the Independent, Hammer revealed that he’s tired of people referring to Chambers in relation to him instead of her own achievements: “My wife, who is so much smarter and so much harder working and so much more successful in so many different ways than I am, still gets introduced or written about as Armie Hammer’s wife, when in reality, I’m lucky to be her husband.”

Hammer described Chambers as an “incredibly strong and powerful woman”, adding: “If she got the due credit that she deserved, then I would be Elizabeth Chambers’ husband.”

It’s a contrast to Liam Payne’s reaction at last night’s Brit Awards, when host Jack Whitehall introduced him on stage by referring to him as “supermodel Naomi Campbell’s current squeeze”. The former One Direction member looked “pained” at the description, according to multiple reports. To that we say: welcome to the world of women, Payne, where you’re constantly referred to in relation to your partner (or your role in a family).

It’s a contrast to Liam Payne’s reaction at last night’s Brit Awards, when host Jack Whitehall introduced him on stage by referring to him as “supermodel Naomi Campbell’s current squeeze”. The former One Direction member looked “pained” at the description, according to Her. Welcome to the world of women, where you’re constantly referred to in relation to your partner (or your role in a family).

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Hammer also spoke about trying to create a better world for his and Chambers’ children, and the threat of toxic masculinity and straight, white male privilege.

Acknowledging his own privilege, Hammer mused on how “if you see a straight white man…not assuming his privilege, in a way, it’s very threatening to your straight white maleness”.

“If you stop assuming your privilege, the only people you harm are the people who are actively taking advantage of it,” he added.

We’ll only be able to achieve equality if those in positions of privilege are prepared to have an honest discussion about the advantages they receive, and we need more people to follow the lead set by Elizabeth Chambers’ husband.

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