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Scarlett Johansson Calls Out Black Widow’s ‘Hyper-Sexualisation’ In ‘Iron Man 2’

Scarlett Johansson has called out Black Widow's portrayal in Iron Man 2, as she now considers it to be 'hyper-sexualisation'.
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Scarlett Johansson has called out the ‘hyper-sexualisation’ of Black Widow in Iron Man 2.

The actress said she feels the character was treated like ‘a piece of something’.

In a chat with Collider, the 36-year-old explained: “You look back at Iron Man 2 and while it was really fun and had a lot of great moments in it, the character is so sexualised, you know?

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“[They] really talked about [her] like she’s a piece of something, like a possession or a thing or whatever.

“And Tony [Stark, played by Robert Downey Jr] even refers to her as something like that at one point, what does he say? ‘I want some’.

“Yeah and at one point, calls her a piece of meat, and maybe at that time that actually felt like a compliment. You know what I mean?”

Scarlett then said her self-worth was ‘probably measured against that type of comment’ at the time, especially because of her physical appearance.

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Scarlett Johansson has called out Black Widow’s portrayal in Iron Man 2, as she believes there’s ‘hyper-sexualisation’ taking place. Credit: Paramount

But the actress now believes her worth has increased since becoming a mum.

“I’m more accepting of myself, I think. All of that is related to that move away from the kind of hyper-sexualisation of this character,” she mused.

During the discussion, the #MeToo movement was brought up and Scarlett explained that she believes things are ‘changing now’ for young females.

She said: “Now people, young girls, are getting a much more positive message, but it’s been incredible to be a part of that shift and be able to come out the other side and be a part of that old story, but also progress.

“Evolve… I think it’s pretty cool.”

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