Meryl Streep and Suffragette co-star, Carey Mulligan caused uproar on Twitter this week after posing with shirts that read: “I’d Rather Be A Rebel Than A Slave.”
In efforts to promote their new film, both women posed in the shirts for Time Out London, but unfortunately, the slogan didn’t sit well with folks on Twitter.
The line, which has caused quite a bit of controversy, is from the famous 1933 speech by British political activist and leader of the British suffragette movement, Emmeline Pankhurst, that reads: “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.”
After all the social media outrage, Time Out released a statement that read:
“It has been read by at least half a million people in the UK and we have received no complaints. The original quote was intended to rouse women to stand up against oppression – it is a rallying cry, and absolutely not intended to criticise those who have no choice but to submit to oppression, or to reference the Confederacy, as some people who saw the quote and photo out of context have surmised.”
HipHollywood reached out to Streep’s camp, but no word back.
Suffragette, which also stars, Helena Bonham Carter, hits theaters on October 23.