The actress said her comments that her IQ was a disability in Hollywood were “deliberately twisted”.
Kate Beckinsale shot back at critics after her comments about her high IQ began to make headlines.
In an interview with Howard Stern on Wednesday, the actress claimed that her IQ score of 152 at the genius level had not been “helpful” in her Hollywood career. “I just think it could have actually been a disability,” she had added.
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After new stories broke out and ridiculed her for “bragging” about her wisdom, the British star took to Instagram on Friday to set the record.
“Are we really skipping women to answer a truthful question about their intelligence or education?” Beckinsale wrote. “Do we really still demand that women shut up so as not to offend?”
“When I say it’s been a handicap in Hollywood, it’s EXACTLY because being a woman AND having an opinion often has to be packed quite carefully so as not to be offensive or, as in this case, deliberately twisted to denote them, perceived as superiority or arrogance. “
She went on to say that the critics “who spanked this to me ‘bragged’ are part of the exact reason why I say it was and is a disability.”
“When a woman honestly answered a question about my own IQ, I’ve been the subject of a few articles that have tried to embarrass me,” she continued. “That’s EXACTLY what I mean by a disability.”
Although Beckinsale maintained that she does not “often react to this kind of bull —,” she explained, “it’s really important to me that NO percentage of women feel they need to lie or be mute under any circumstances for not to be a goal. “
She ended by saying, “IQ doesn’t actually mean sh– either. But stop performatively supporting women while pulling crooked shs like this.”
A fair share of Beckinsale’s celebrity friends supported her in the comments section, where Chelsea Handler wrote: “The burdens of being a very intelligent woman” and Jameela Jamil share: “YOU ARE A F —— QUEEN. Only someone this smart can be just as funny as you. It’s so disgusting that women participate in this … ☹️❤️. “