New York: Mila Kunis has hit out at a Hollywood film producer for demanding that she pose semi-naked on a magazine cover.
In an open letter, the A-lister claims that she was told that her career would be over if she didn’t take her clothes off, blasting the industry’s ‘sexist’ attitude towards women.
“’You’ll never work in this town again.’A cliché to be sure, but also what a producer threatened when I refused to pose semi-naked on the cover of a men’s magazine to promote our film,” Kunis wrote on aplus.
“I was no longer willing to subject myself to a naïve compromise that I had previously been willing to. ‘I will never work in this town again?’ I was livid, I felt objectified, and for the first time in my career I said ‘no.’
“And guess what? The world didn’t end. The film made a lot of money and I did work in this town again, and again, and again.
“What this producer may never realize is that he spoke aloud the exact fear every woman feels when confronted with gender bias in the workplace.”
She added: “It’s what we are conditioned to believe — that if we speak up, our livelihoods will be threatened; that standing our ground will lead to our demise.
“We don’t want to be kicked out of the sandbox for being a “bitch.” So we compromise our integrity for the sake of maintaining the status quo and hope that change is coming.”
Kunis, who has now set up her own production company with ‘three amazing women’, went on to say that there have been moments in her career that she had been ‘insulted, sidelined, paid less, and creatively ignored’ because of her gender.
She also said that she was sick of being described as Ashton Kutcher’s wife instead of an actress and producer in her own right. She wrote: “In the process of pitching this show to a major network, the typical follow-up emails were sent to executives at this network. In this email chain, this producer chose to email the following:
“’And Mila is a mega star. One of biggest actors in Hollywood and soon to be Ashton’s wife and baby momma!!!’
“This is the entirety of his email. Factual inaccuracies aside, he reduced my value to nothing more than my relationship to a successful man and my ability to bear children.
“It ignored my (and my team’s) significant creative and logistical contributions.”