Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton posted a tweet on Wednesday in which she included the hashtag “#HillaryBarbie.”
The 2023 “Barbie” film, written by Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach, has been nominated in the writing category for an adapted screenplay, according to oscars.org. But Gerwig, who also directed the film, was not nominated for an Oscar in the directing category.
And while the movie has been nominated for best picture with Margot Robbie and other producers listed, Robbie, who acted in the movie, was not nominated for the actress in a leading role category.
According to CNN, Ryan Gosling, who was nominated for his supporting role in the movie, issued a statement in which he said “there is no Barbie movie without Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie, the two people most responsible for this history-making, globally-celebrated film.” He noted, “To say that I’m disappointed that they are not nominated in their respective categories would be an understatement.”
Clinton waded into the pop culture issue by issuing a message to the two women. “Greta & Margot, While it can sting to win the box office but not take home the gold, your millions of fans love you. You’re both so much more than Kenough. #HillaryBarbie,” Clinton tweeted.
Candace Owens responded to Clinton’s post, writing, “This is literally why everybody hates feminism. A bunch of hyper-privileged woke women are crying because a woman who played Barbie isn’t being considered for best actress in an Oscar’s category. This is the feminist plight today.” In another post, Owens said of Clinton, “I so genuinely wish I could not vote for you again.”
Clinton, a Democrat, lost the 2016 presidential contest to Republican candidate Donald Trump.
“Loved seeing so many moms & girls at the movies last summer, but political leaders (inc. failed ones) should NOT dabble in Oscar punditry,” GOP Rep. Monica De La Cruz of Texas tweeted in response to Clinton. “It’s bad for art and God knows our politics are already WAY too intertwined w/ entertainment. Stop treating politics like a telenovela!”
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