Suffragette Movie cast cause controversy over T shirt slogan.
The new suffragette movie has caused quite a stir online this week, with its leading actors appearing in a photo shoot with a supposedly cotroversal T-shirt slogan.
"Id rather be a rebel than a slave"
This quote by Emmeline Pankhurst who Meryl Streep plays in the movie had been printed on T-shirts and worn by the cast. For some the phrase has evoked unfortunete associations and negative connotations.
Three other cast members along with Streep appeared in the shoot that was published in Time Out London alongside interviews with Romola Garai, Anne-Marie-Duffy and the two cast members of the suffragette movie Streep and Carey Mulligan.
Twitter has been awash with disgruntled people who have labeled the photos as insensitive and provoking racial and gender tensions. Some have cited the American history of civil rights and slavery. But some have been in keeping with the slogan and have come out in support of the pictures.
The famous Pankhurts quote is from her 1913 speech in full.
“I know that women, once convinced that they are doing what is right, that their rebellion is just, will go on, no matter what the difficulties, no matter what the dangers, so long as there is a woman alive to hold up the flag of rebellion. I would rather be a rebel than a slave.”
Time Out have commented on the photos by saying; "They encapsulate the “idea of finding your voice, keeping your nerve and fighting the impulse to be a ‘good girl" They also said that they had invited the actors from the film to wear the T-shirts with the quote.
“It has been read by at least half a million people in the UK and we have received no complaints,” the editor said.
The idea was in conjunction with the release of the suffragette film and was intended to rouse women to stand up against oppression. A rallying cry and by no way intended to criticise those who have no choose at all but to submit to oppression.
Its the second time that Streep had come under attack in a controversial week for the multiple oscar winner. She said in the Time Out interview when asked if she was a feminist: "I'm a humanist, i am for a nice, easy balance." Many female and male bloggers alike were disappointed with this comment and set to attack through various blogs and social media outlets.
The suffragette movie is out in the Uk now