“Ayesha Curry is nothing more than a vessel for misogynists.”
Canadian-American cookbook author and television personality Ayesha Curry, who is married to Golden State Warriors superstar Steph Curry, endured a wave of backlash from feminists on social media this week after expressing “insecurity” about the women who throw themselves at her famous husband and wishing she received more attention from men.
Curry’s comments came during an episode of Facebook Watch series “Red Table Talk” that aired Monday.
“What really bothers me and has honestly given me a little bit of a sense of insecurity is the fact that, yeah, there are all these women throwing themselves [at Stephen Curry]. But me, like the past 10 years, I don’t have any of that,” she told the panel of “Red Table Talk” ladies, which included Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith and Adrienne Banfield-Norris. “It sounds weird, but I have zero male attention. So, then I begin to internalize it, like, ‘Is something wrong with me?’”
When the rest of the panel dismissed the notion that the celebrity cook lacks male admirers as ludicrous, Ayesha Curry clarified her point.
“I don’t want it, but it’d be nice to know that someone’s looking,” she said.
Feminist commenters accused Curry of espousing outmoded values. Several detractors called Curry a “pick me,” a term for a “woman who wants the attention of the opposite sex (or same sex) so badly, she’ll throw her fellow woman under the bus,” according to Urban Dictionary.
“In reality, Ayesha Curry is nothing more than a vessel for misogynists that want to reward women for ‘submitting’ themselves to their romantic partners,” said one commenter. “I don’t feel bad if she is ‘attacked’ for being a pick me, she’s backwards and history will prove she’s on the wrong side.”
In reality, Ayesha Curry is nothing more than a vessel for misogynists that want to reward women for “submitting” themselves to their romantic partners.
I don’t feel bad if she is “attacked” for being a pick me, she’s backwards and history will prove she’s on the wrong side.
— dyane. (@skinnydyane) May 7, 2019
But other users pointed out that Curry had already been “picked.”
A wife is a pick me? You birds are evolving.
— All Money In🏁💙 (@izzyjaxon) May 7, 2019
One user used a GIF to depict the purported reaction of feminists disgruntled by Curry’s comments:
Ayesha Curry: h-
Twitter feminists: pic.twitter.com/t0uXWTEXHG
— L (@Lxxivx) May 7, 2019
This isn’t the first time Curry has sparked controversy for her supposed lack of feminist bonafides. In 2015, the professional chef was accused of “slut-shaming” other women when she expressed a preference for dressing modestly.
“Everyone’s into barely wearing clothes these days huh? Not my style. I like to keep the good stuff covered up for the one who matters,” Curry said in a tweet that received more than 60,000 comments. In a followup, she averred that she’d take “classy over trendy any day of the week.”
At the time, her remarks stirred up a flurry of commentary and think-pieces from the media class.
Brande Victorian at espnW wrote: “In these times of SlutWalks and sexual assault victim-blaming, it’s easy to see why many feminists took offense to Ayesha Curry’s assumption that when a woman wears sexy clothing, it’s for the sole intention of getting the attention of a man.”