Fans of Actress Jamie Lee Curtis are up in arms after she used a racial slur in a throwback photo with her late mother, Janet Leigh. Take a look at the fans' reactions below.
Jamie Lee Curtis, renowned for her exceptional acting skills, inherited her gift of performing from her late parents. Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis were two of some of the legendary actors in Hollywood.
Jamie became a breakout star after starring as Laurie Strode in 1978's "Halloween." The movie produced many sequels, including the 2021 "Halloween Kills." She will reprise her role in "Halloween Ends" next year.
Jamie Lee Curtis at the AARP The Magazine's 19th Annual Movies For Grownups Awards on January 11, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. | Photo: Getty Images
JAMIE'S ACTING CREDITS
She later became well-known for the films "Trading Places" in 1983, "Perfect" in 1985, and "A Fish Called Wanda" in 1988. She also won a Golden Globe award for her performance in the 1994 film "True Lies."
The 1994 movie was one of the biggest action films at that time. Just as Jamie is iconic for action films, the 62-year-old actress is undeniably famous in the horror genre.
Fans have dubbed her as "The Scream Queen." Under the horror category, she appeared in 1980's "Terror Train" and "Prom Night," as well as "Death of a Centerfold" in 1981.
Jamie Lee Curtis at the 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards held on February 28, 2021 in Beverly Hills, California. | Photo: Getty Image
In contrast to her moniker as "The Scream Queen," Jamie previously stated that she prefers not to watch the horror films she previously starred in because they terrify her.
While the acclaimed actress dreads scary movies, she enjoys Halloween. Recently, the veteran actress dressed up as her late mother, Janet, from director Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 thriller movie, "Psycho."
SPOOKY HALLOWEEN COSTUME
Jamie showed off her spooky costume on Instagram, wherein she donned a belted, buttoned-up blue dress, black heels, a short blonde wig. She also had a blood-stained white shower curtain hanging over her left arm.
Janet, who passed away in 2004, was best known for her shower scene in "Psycho." Her character as Marion Crane was killed in the shower by serial killer Norman Bates, played by late actor Anthony Perkins.
Fans adored Jamie's Halloween look, but what caught their attention was her other Instagram post. She posted two throwback photos of her and her mother taken during the spooky season.
JAMIE'S HALLOWEEN THROWBACK
"I must've been around eight as I was missing my front teeth."
The second snap showed the veteran actress resting her head on her mother Janet's chest. She and Janet looked so much alike. Pictured beside their famous mom was Jamie's sister, Kelly.
From left: Jamie Lee Curtis rests her head on her mother, actress Janet Leigh, with Jamie's sister Kelly Curtis. | Photo: instagram.com/curtisleejamie
Jamie shared how she often had her birthday party on Halloween because her special day falls near Thanksgiving Day and that none of her friends could attend. A fan quickly commented:
"This is beautiful, but your caption holds a slur. I'm sure you would not wish to offend with its usage."
A fan initially adored Jamie's lengthy message but later expressed disappointment toward the "Freaky Friday" actress, asking to reconsider using the slur. Another pointed out that is an "offensive remark."
A fan expressed disappointment on Jamie Lee Curtis' Instagram post. | Photo: instagram.com/curtisleejamie
Another upset fan was shocked that Jamie used a racial remark in her Halloween post. They expressed that if a person could spell the word correctly, there's no way that this person could not know that it was a slur.
While the award-winning actress is yet to publicly address the issue, she has been vocal about women's rights.
A fan's comment on Jamie Lee Curtis's Instagram post for Halloween. | Photo: instagram.com/curtisleejamie
Fans continue to call Jamie out for using the offensive word, but others thought the actress's message was not harmful. Another fan suggested that the critics should lighten up.
Jamie has yet to respond despite the growing concerns from fans. Some followers expressed hope that she would soon realize what she did in her recent post.
A fan's disappointed remark on Jamie Lee Curtis' Instagram post. | Photo: instagram.com/curtisleejamie
THOUGHTS ON WOMEN'S RIGHTS
While the award-winning actress is yet to address the issue publicly, she has been vocal about women's rights in light of the rise of the #MeToo movement, a social cause that is against sexual violence and assault,
In 2017, she wrote in an essay that she "had been subjected to my own private, personal versions of sexual harassment on the job." She said Janet would have had a different reaction had she been mistreated in the past.
She said Janet would remain silent while the #MeToo movement exposed sexual predators in Hollywood. Jamie suggested her mom would not acknowledge anything terrible since she was grateful for her career.
SUPPORTING HER TRANSGENDER DAUGHTER
Besides highlighting women's rights, Jamie is also open about supporting Ruby, her transgender daughter. She shares her 25-year-old daughter with her husband, Christopher Guest.
The proud mom revealed Ruby's sexuality in AARP Magazine's July 2021 cover story for the first time. Jamie said she and her husband watched with "wonder" and pride" during their child's transition.
Ruby previously opened up in a past interview that despite knowing she was "different" since she was 16, she only disclosed her identity to her current fiancé years later.
LEARNING NEW THINGS ABOUT RUBY
The actress admitted that she has a lot to learn about Ruby's identity and new terminologies. She noted that one of the hardest changes she made was fully integrating her daughter's name.
In addition to her daughter's name, Jamie admitted that using the correct pronouns was also a challenge. The icon confessed that she and her husband would occasionally slip from one pronoun to another.
Although the couple tends to slip up on pronoun usage, Ruby is unaffected. For Jamie, the slips are part of learning how to best support their daughter. The couple also shares another daughter, Annie, 34.
Jamie and Christopher join the list of celebrities who proudly support their transgender and nonbinary children, including NBA Star Dwyane Wade and Actress Busy Phillips.
Wade revealed his 14-year-old daughter Zaya's gender last year in an episode of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." Philipps has a 13-year-old child, Birdie, who is gay and non-binary.
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