Kristen Bell isn’t afraid to speak out in defense of criticism surrounding her latest film, “Bad Moms.” The actress publicly responded to a fan who called the main roles in the comedy an example of “Hollywood ageist sexism” on Friday.
The conversation started after a fan tweeted at Bell, 36, writing that it was suspicious her and co-star Mila Kunis’ characters in “Bad Moms” play mothers to “pre-teens” while in real life they’re parents to “toddlers.” When the fan went on to label their roles as an example of the ageist sexism that exists in Hollywood, Bell was quick to defend the film, which follows a trio of friends who decide to fight against societal norms of motherhood.
“Mine has 5, 3, and & 1 year,” Bell wrote of her character Kiki, a mother of three. “Close to my kids ages.” As for Kunis’s role, Bell said it was fitting she was parenting pre-teens. “Milas had her kids at 20-its plot line relevant. She’s 33, so believable.”
Bell added that although she doesn’t think “Bad Moms” is an example of ageism in Hollywood, she is aware the problem exists in the entertainment industry.
I'm not saying it doesn't exist, it sure does. I just know we gave it a lot of thought and it doesn't apply here. https://t.co/Xj9LL1Rtln
— Kristen Bell (@IMKristenBell) August 19, 2016
Off-camera, Bell is mom to daughters Lincoln and Delta, 3 and 1, respectively, with husband Dax Shepard. Kunis has a 2-year-old daughter Wyatt with husband Ashton Kutcher.
While it doesn’t appear Kunis has spoken out in defense of her character, she did gush about the film at CinemaCon in April. “There’s clearly some part of me that responds to R-rated comedy,” she told the crowd, adding her love for adult comedy (including bathroom humor) led to her sign on for the part.
Despite the recent Twitter criticism, “Bad Moms” has done well at the box office for the relatively new studio STX Entertainment. Since being released July 29, the film has raked in $89 million at the worldwide box office.