Journalist Megyn Kelly is torching actress Sally Field for her comments during her recent acceptance speech.
During an episode of her podcast, The Megyn Kelly Show, Kelly spoke about Field’s speech at the 2023 Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG) Awards on Sunday. She called her out for giving an apology for being white while receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award.
“She’s, I guess, sorry that she was raised a little white girl and that she wasn’t of a different race with a bigger struggle because, news flash, white girls in America don’t have any troubles worth remembering when you’re in front of a group that has a lot of people with color,” she explained.
In her speech, Field spoke about how she “was a little white girl with a pug nose born in Pasadena, California.”
“And when I look around this room tonight, I know my fight, as hard as it was, was lightweight compared to some of yours. I thank you. And I applaud you,” she added.
Kelly proceeded to call her comments “such bologna” and “pathetic, obvious virtue signaling.”
“It’s ridiculous. I mean, Sally Field could get up there and say, ‘I came up in the industry where the casting couch, which was alive and well, that’s why we produced people like Harvey Weinstein,’” she added.
“Casting couch” refers to “the practice of demanding sexual favors in return for casting a performer in a film, TV program, etc,” according to Collins Dictonary.
“‘And too many women from Marilyn Monroe forward have had to be subjected to that nonsense in order to get on the big screen. So I’m grateful for the opportunities that I created for myself and I nailed them. I nailed them, I did really well, and I feel good about it,'” Kelly continued.
Kelly also criticized Field for seemingly making less of the people of color who were in the room that night.
“She [Field] could’ve said something like that true to her personality. No, she’s basically got to be like ‘I’m the little white girl from Pasadena and I basically suffered nothing like you people did here in this room.’ How does she know?” she asked.
Continuing, she said, “It’s so diminishing to like people of color who are in the room. She just assumes that they are all oppressed? Why should she assume that they’ve all had it so bad?”
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