It turns out, Claire Foy is just like us.
Ever find yourself getting upset about a colleague’s rude remark? You’re too emotional. Call out your partner for being disrespectful? You’re too emotional. Respond with fear or anger when a man catcalls you on the street? You get the picture.
Being “too emotional” is a label that many women have been slapped with during their lifetimes, and it’s one that actress Claire Foy has well and truly had enough of.
During a visit to Supreme Court earlier this month, The Crown star found herself confronted by an anti #MeToo protester. The troubling encounter left her confused as to why a man would so openly oppose women’s rights.
“How dare you write #MeTooFraud on a placard?” Foy said during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “It just breaks my heart, how other human beings just care so little about people. That person must not have any idea of what those women have been through. I have a real problem with people not understanding the effect that they have on other people.”
Of course, Foy was referring to the sexual assault case involving Dr Christine Blasey Ford. Ford alleges that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a house party in the early Eighties, when they were both teenagers. When she learned of Trump’s intention to promote Kavanaugh to the highest court in America, Ford came forward. Regardless, the Senate voted Kavanaugh in.
It is a decision which Foy, like so many others, opposes and one that has caused her to address why men feel such anger towards women.
“They feel vulnerable because women are becoming more powerful,” she said, “so they want to put us in our place to let us know we’re weak and we’re feeble and we’re emotional. Why do we need to be controlled? Why are we so dangerous?”
Foy added: “We are really powerful. We can bring people into the world. We have the capacity to hold children in our bodies. They can’t do that. I admire men and think they are amazing. So why does it have to be a competition?”
Foy likened this “competition” to women not being allowed to show emotion, referencing the backlash Serena Williams was subjected to last month when she displayed a lot of anger and emotion on the tennis court during the final of the US Open.
“People — men especially — are like, ‘Emotion is manipulative,’” Foy said, “Like, why does it have to be a bad thing? I’m really tired of people being like, ‘Women are too emotional.’
“Serena Williams is allowed to get emotional. It matters to her. Maybe we need more emotion. Maybe we need more people fighting for what they believe in.”