If you were anywhere near the internet in the 2010s, you probably remember Ryan Gosling’s feminist memes that often featured the actor’s face and “hey, girl” followed by a fake feminist quote (via The Guardian). . Still, it’s one thing to call yourself a feminist — or inspire a female-centric meme — and another thing to recognize how it affects your daily life and make a change. Luckily, though, Gosling is putting his money where his meme is.
When her 2010 film “Blue Valentine” was rated NC-17, Gosling called out the hypocritical nature of the rating (via Romper). “The MPAA is fine with supporting scenes that depict women in scenarios of torture and sexual violence for entertainment purposes, but they try to force us to look away from a scene that shows a woman in a sexual scenario, both complicit and complex,” he explained. “It’s misogynistic in nature to try to control a woman’s sexual presentation. I consider that to be a bigger issue than this movie.”
In addition to pointing out the systemic misogyny in his industry, the Canadian native also has many women in the entertainment business he looks up to. In 2015 he told the Daily Telegraph (via Romper), “There are a lot of great women that I really look up to,” he said. “Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, the Girls of ‘Broad City’ [Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer]Lena Dunham and Kathryn Bigelow.”