Last year the former Ugly Betty The star appeared in Barbie as Gloria, a Mattel employee and mother who helps the title character regain control of Barbie Land.
To help empower Barbie, the American character gives a rousing speech about womanhood in general, which many critics hailed as a standout moment of the entire film, although others suggested it “oversimplified » feminist ideas.
Asked about these latest criticisms during an interview with the New York Times, the Emmy winner responded, “We can know things and still need to hear them out loud. It can still be cathartic.
“There are a lot of people who need Feminism 101, entire generations of girls who are just emerging and have no words to describe the culture they grew up in. every time I think of feminist theory.
America continued: “If you're familiar with feminism, this might seem like an oversimplification, but there are entire countries that have banned this film for a reason.
“To say that something that is perhaps fundamental or, in the opinion of some, that basic feminism is not necessary is an oversimplification. Assuming that everyone is at the same level of knowledge and understanding of the experience of womanhood is an oversimplification.