Hollywood actress Kaley Cuoco was recently asked whether she is a feminist, and her answer isn't sitting well with some.
"Is it bad if I say no?" the actress responded in a Redbook magazine interview. "It's not really something I think about. Things are different now, and I know a lot of the work that paved the way for women happened before I was around... I was never that feminist girl demanding equality, but maybe that's because I've never really faced inequality."
Cuoco added that she cooks for her husband, professional tennis player Ryan Sweeting, five nights a week, and she loves that it makes her feel like a "housewife."
Ryan Sweeting, left, and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting arrive at The People Magazine Awards at the Beverly Hilton hotel on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
"I know it sounds old-fashioned, but I like the idea of women taking care of their men," Cuoco said. "I'm so in control of my work that I like coming home and serving him. My mom was like that, so I think it kind of rubbed off."
"The Big Bang Theory" actress, who is reportedly being paid $1 million per episode, went on to thank her "beautiful angel" of a husband for taking care of her, too. She specifically referenced her recuperation from a recent sinus surgery.
Commenters who describe themselves as feminists have been quick to attack the actress, calling her "talentless" and an "idiot" who doesn't know what feminism is. As many of them see it, Cuoco owes her success and her salary to the hard work of decades of feminists.
Cuoco also spoke about how grateful she is for the success of "The Big Bang Theory," saying it allows her to ensure her family is taken care of.
"My parents spent 16 years hauling my butt to LA for audition after audition," she said. "Every day they were helping me learn my lines, dropping me off, waiting for me, picking me up, giving me pep talks when I didn't get the jobs, taking me to tennis and horseback riding lessons. I remember always hoping I could help take care of them because they took such good care of me. Knowing I'll be able to just brings tears to my eyes."
The complete interview will be available in Redbook magazine on Jan. 6.