Birthday Throwback: When Lisa Ray slammed the movie ‘Barbie’, questioned ‘woke millennials’ | Hindi Movie News – Times of India

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Indo-Canadian actress Lisa Ray turns a year older today. Even though the model turned actress has been part of the industry for many decades, she has been extremely selective about her work, and was last seen in the OTT show Four More Shots Please! Last year, the actress had taken to social media to slam the widely loved and praised movie Barbie, calling it a representation of female oppression.

She wrote, “Genuine question to the Woke millennials and Gen Zers: how are you not only not up in arms over the Barbie movie – which is really a huge marketing push for an agent of female oppression cloaked as a movie – but many of you are also participating in Barbiecore and posting cute photos in hot pink?
How?! I see young influencers who raise the alarm against social inequalities and sexism and yet are fervently celebrating a movie that not matter how subversive, brings unwelcome Barbie standards and it’s legacy to the next generation of girls.

I can only think that marketing budgets got to them. Please enlighten”
Reacting to Lisa’s tweet, many users slammed her statement. One user wrote, “What’s a ‘woke’ millennial? A lot of millennials are reaching 40s. A lot of youngsters start as idealists and become pragmatic as they grow older. So, it’s very weird when gen Xers or boomers use woke in a disparaging manner. Boomers were bloody hippies when they were young.” Another asked, “The movie is exactly opposite of what you would expect a Barbie movie to be. Have you watched it?” A second comment read, “Hey Lisa, The movie is absolutely opposite of what you are saying.” “Have you seen the movie?” asked another.
In an old interview to TOI, Lisa also mentioned that her journey in tinsel town was not easy. She said, “I refused to play the game and I stood up against a lot of egos in the industry. I won’t say I paid the price for that because I never wanted to be part of mainstream Bollywood so I was in a very different position. I think that Priyanka is definitely a very bold, intelligent, accomplished and driven woman of today and a hope for tomorrow. She inspires the younger generation to pursue their vision, uncompromisingly. That’s another subtle message she gives out. So, I would rather speak on the subtle messages she puts out. Just by being out there, being self-made.”

She added, “I have always been someone who never wanted to take the conventional path. And looking back now I stand behind all of my decisions. They were not easy at that time. It never was easy to move against the flow.
Fortunately, we are going through a new era of unconventional storytelling and finding an audience for them. When I started on this path that was not the necessary case so I did it because I truly believe that entertainment, movies and streaming content are like Trojan horses. You have an opportunity to actually get a particular mission or a perspective across to an audience, wrapped up in beautiful packaging. So it was my mission to be in projects that were beautiful, that resonated, that were entertaining but also had a story behind it. And I am really proud of that.”





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