Will Ferrell did his part to smash the “patriarchy” in 2023.
The “Elf” alum played the head of Mattel in “Barbie,” the year’s box office champion and a nonstop feminist screed.
Ferrell played along with the comedy’s messaging.
“It’s a loving homage to the brand and, at the same time, couldn’t be more satirical — just an amazing comment on male patriarchy and women in society and why Barbie’s criticized and yet why every little girl still wants to play with Barbie. Boy, when I read it, I was like, ‘This is fantastic.’”
“When I walked onto those sets and saw that Mattel was actually letting this happen, I thought ‘Oh my gosh, this could have a real chance to be one of those zeitgeist things that has a real cultural statement.'”
It’s an odd take from an actor renowned for playing one man-child after another on the big screen, from “Old School” to “Step Brothers.” Both movies likely couldn’t be made in today’s work world.
Earlier this week, Ferrell snagged a spot at The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Gala. He used his podium time to channel his inner feminist.
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“Forget about the entertainment world. Isn’t it just time for women to run the planet?
I’m not just trying to placate you. I swear. I don’t know what else to do because we men, we’ve been running the show since what, 10,000 B.C., and we’re not doing so good. So, please, can you guys just take over?”
Later, he pleaded with far-Left actress Kerry Washington to run for President.
Ferrell’s feminist streak isn’t a new pose. He co-created Gloria Sanchez Productions in 2014 to “work with established and emerging female comedic talent.”
Yet in 2011 he took a more lighthearted look at the battle of the sexes.
… the group Conscious Men, a new movement asking men to sign a document that “acknowledges many thousands of years of dominance of masculine power, and offers an apology for the suppression of women, in the spirit of a fresh start”? The group feels that “balance and equal respect for both energies will allow for a new wave of evolution on our planet.”
Ferrell, along with Will Forte and other comedians, mocked the efforts with their own “Dear Woman” video.