How Jenny from the Block’s putting Hollywood in its place

(Photo by Ruven Afanador for The Hollywood Reporter)

Emily Zupnik,

The Hollywood Reporter hosted another round table with some of Hollywood’s leading ladies, including none other than Jennifer Lopez. In case you, like Mariah, don’t know who she is, here are some career highlights. 

She is a: 

•    Golden Globe nominated actress (BRB going to re-watch Selena) 
•    American Music Award winner
•    Recipient of a Billboard Icon award
•    Grammy nominee
•    Winner of the Amnesty International Award
•    Winner of the Guinness World Record for Highest Viewed Female Music Video of All Time
•    An overall global superstar. 

She works in music, film, television, and fashion and has slayed whatever scene she is on. Because of this she has often been given the title of a diva. And now she wants you to know that she not only doesn’t deserve that title but that it is sexist. 

“I got a moniker of being ‘the diva,’ which I never felt I deserved — which I don't deserve — because I've always been a hard worker, on time, doing what I'm supposed to do, and getting that label because you reach a certain amount of success…”

J.Lo elaborated on the double standard she feels the industry has, and how she’s often had to censor her opinions in the past. 
“I felt crippled to voice my opinion, especially because certain directors and the boys' club that they form can make you feel like, ‘Oh, I can't say anything.’ I was always fascinated by how I could see [a man] being late or being belligerent to a crew and it being totally acceptable; meanwhile, I'd show up 15 minutes late and be berated.

"And you watch this happen over and over and over again. Like, we're not allowed to have certain opinions or even be passionate about something, or they'll be like, ‘God, she's really difficult.’ It's like, ‘Am I?Am I difficult because I care?’”

No Jennifer, you are not difficult because you care. You are a boss lady who has accomplished more than most of the people who have called you a diva. 

So next time you think about calling a woman a diva, ask yourself “WWJT- What Would J.Lo Think?”

See more of J.Lo’s thoughts below.