Morgan Freeman says he's "sexist, but not misogynistic" after repeatedly commenting on his producing partner Lori McCreary's choice of attire at a panel on Saturday.
For those of you who aren't familiar with Lori, she's kind of a big deal; a former tech entrepreneur who is co-founder and CEO of Revelations Entertainment, along with Morgan. The pair have worked together since 1996.
Discussing their first meeting at a Produced By conference session in front of an audience of 400, Morgan said "she had a dress cut to here".
He went on to make repeated references to his creative partner's length of skirt, saying: "She doesn't want to be thought of as a pretty face. She wants to be thought of as serious. But you can't get away from the short dresses."
Lori reportedly did not so much as raise an eyebrow to Morgan's remarks, but panel moderator Mark Gordon jumped in to say: "He's not a pig, I promise. Maybe he is."
He then asked whether Morgan's comments could be considered sexist, to which the Oscar-winning actor replied: "Sexist? Yeah, but I'm not misogynistic."
Neither sexism nor misogyny are traits one should be boasting about, but is Morgan correct in his assessment?
According to Dictionary.com, sexism is defined as: "1. attitudes or behaviour based on traditional stereotypes of gender roles. and 2. discrimination or devaluation based on a person's sex or gender, as in restricted job opportunities, especially such discrimination directed against women."
While misogyny is defined as: "hatred, dislike, or mistrust of women, or prejudice against women."
Either way, with most popular films written, directed and acted by males, it comes as no surprise that a man on top of his game in Hollywood should reflect the industry's male-focused values. Maybe Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hiddleston should have a word at the next Oscars after party.