Morgan Freeman made a frank confession while speaking publicly at a conference over the weekend telling the audience, “[Am I] Sexist? Yeah, but I’m not misogynistic.”
The Hollywood Reporter says the 79-year-old actor made the statement about his sexual politics in front of 400 people while talking at the Produced By Conference in Culver City, LA, where he was on a panel with his producing partner Lori McCreary.
Freeman was talking about his first encounter with McCreary, when he told moderator Mark Gordon, “She had on a dress cut to here” to which Gordon interjected - talking to the audience - with “He’s not a pig, I promise,” before adding, “Maybe he is.”
“She doesn’t want to be thought of as a pretty face,” Freeman added.
“She wants to be thought of as serious. But you can’t get away from the short dresses.”
McCreary reportedly didn’t react to the veteran actor’s comments, but Gordon suggested to Freeman his remarks could be perceived as sexist.
“Sexist?” Yeah,” he replied, “but I’m not misogynistic.”
He went on to praise McCreary, who is President of the Producers Guild of America, a “workaholic” and a “good person”. She reciprocated, calling the actor “trustworthy”.
In case you need a reminder of the semantics here, a sexist is defined as someone who shows “prejudice, stereotyping, or discrimination, typically against women, on the basis of sex” while a misogynist “dislikes, despises, or is strongly prejudiced against women.”
Thanks for clearing that up for us Morgan, you had us worried for a minute there.
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