Sharon Stone: American women are ‘in a hole in a barn with a bunch of hillbillies’

Sharon Stone covers the latest issue of Vogue Arabia. It’s a lovely, expensive-looking editorial, although it absolutely looks like the photographer smeared Vaseline on the lens. This is the same lighting from Barbara Walters’ old interviews, I swear to God. Anyway, Sharon always has some interesting stuff to say about beauty, aging and feminism, and her Vogue Arabia interview was no different. Some highlights:

Why she’s often described as “brave”: “Because I’m comfortable with myself, and I don’t feel personally oppressed. I think I can probably speak for you and the rest of the female planet when I say that there’s a giant effort to make us not feel free and to feel oppressed. And I don’t go for it.”

She’s had a little Botox here & there: “There were periods in the super fame when I got Botox and filler and stuff, and then I had this massive stroke and a nine-day brain hemorrhage and I had to have over 300 shots of Botox and filler to make the one side of my face come up again… [it went from] cute luxury to some kind of massive, painful neurological need.”

Living her best life at 64. “I feel like this is the most exciting and creative period of my life. I feel really, really happy. I’ve never been this joyful.”

On the overturn of Roe v. Wade: “When they’re saying that rape victims have to have their baby, I think you have to be very clear that women’s rights are on pretty thin ice. What’s happening now is the absolute, dramatic backlash to #MeToo.”

How do we make it through this era? “I really grew up in the country, and if you get kidnapped and put in a hole in a barn by a hillbilly, that’s when you’re in real trouble. That’s kind of what’s happening now. We’re like in a hole in a barn with a bunch of hillbillies. [The backlash that #MeToo has received is like a] rabid animal: you step back from it and, you know, wait until someone puts it down.”

Online dating: “I’m not an algorithm dater,” she shared, saying that dating is something that she prefers to experience in a more natural manner, like “when you meet someone, and you have things in common and you have chemistry.” Musing over her romantic life, the star also shared, “I think I would have had more kids if I had a partner.”

[From Vogue Arabia]

“We’re like in a hole in a barn with a bunch of hillbillies” is so eerily correct, I can’t even believe Sharon Stone made this perfect f–king analogy. That’s exactly what happened – we’ve been overtaken by a bunch of hillbilly morons and they’re trying to put women in a hole in a barn. The only thing is, it’s not just “hillbillies.” It’s Harvard-educated Supreme Court justices.

“There’s a giant effort to make us not feel free and to feel oppressed. And I don’t go for it.” Part of oppression is psychological, “feeling oppressed,” feeling helpless. And I agree in some sense that a positive, proactive mindset can do wonders. But I do think Sharon is kind of ignoring that a lot of women in America and around the world are genuinely oppressed, not just in a “oppressed mindset” sort of way.

Covers courtesy of Vogue Arabia, additional photos courtesy of Avalon Red.

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  1. Shannon says:

    Why is her hand in front of her vagina in both covers? It’s distracting. But wow is she a beautiful woman! (And yes – the hillbillies are out in full force these days!)

    • MC2 says:

      I think it harkens back to her most famous scene & that, no, we don’t get to see it this time, lol.

  2. SAS says:

    She is, as the kids say, my problematic fave. I really enjoyed her batshit memoir and I do think she’s brave. She’s definitely someone whose take on ageing I’m always interested in hearing.

  3. Lolo86lf says:

    It is not just male hillbillies that want to put women in a hole in a barn. There are female hillbillies who want to put women in a hole in a barn such as Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert. Hillbillies also want to throw gay men back in the closet and black people back in the back of the bus.

    • A says:

      We need to also stop thinking that it’s just ignorant, angry country folk doing damage to this country. There are plenty of rich, well-educated cOasTaL eLiTeS that are thrilled to have the opportunity to take rights away from minorities, women, and anyone else. And f- letting those jerks off the hook.

      • Saucy&Sassy says:

        A, you are right. I think attributing stupidity on the far right is just making them dig in their heels more. People from all walks of life and economic status are part of the far right, and we need to make sure that they know that we know that.

      • Erin says:

        This, this precisely. I grew up in a rural community in a red state and thought over and over again that pushing through to higher and higher levels of education and urbanity would make this disappear. Now I have a terminal degree, I live in a “progressive” city – I was wrong. There is no shortage of precisely this kind of backward thinking in the coastal educated elite, and we have to acknowledge that or there’s no way to combat it.

  4. ShazBot says:

    Kind of ironic to be saying this to Vogue Arabia

    • Moderatelywealthy says:

      Well put, however it is good that she spoke out regradless- we need all the support we can get at this point.

  5. Stacey Dresden says:

    Thank you Sharon Stone. We all have to be “the one” to put the rabid animal down. We can’t become hopeless, we can’t stop, we can’t ever truly go back. Be an abortion beacon of hope in your circles. It’s sadly on us to protect vulnerable pregnant people in our communities.

  6. Susan says:

    Sorry not sorry, I love her and her feminist fire unlike a lot of her contemporaries. (cough cough Meryl Streep). I was at the doctor the other day and I was telling my new young female doc about how her predecessor was creepy and weird. (He retired). She said, “You know, I can’t tell you the number of young women who have expressed that to me. But the older women, of his generation, tolerate it and find him charming.” I’m not bashing women, but we need to fight and stand up and not indulge the creepy old men/hillbillies by excusing and tolerating their behavior. Regardless of the me too backlash, we need to keep fighting! Rant over.

  7. chartreusebones says:

    “She said: ‘I’ve known Johnny from when he was a kid and he’s a terrific guy: sweet and nice and very warm and generous. So I have a feeling it’s more about this young lady.’”

  8. SIde Eye says:

    I love what she says here. Considering her age, she has probably encountered a lot of women with an oppressed mindset. I’m a little younger but I’ve noticed something about my mom and how much she favors boys over girls. She heavily favored my brother to the point where he’s not even a functioning adult today. In a conflict between a boy and a girl, she always sides with the boy. Always. Even when the boy is dead wrong. She doesn’t like to see other women happy. If they’ve lost 20 pounds and are posting their pics they’re “showing off” she is especially resentful of single women who are financially free. Something about that is jarring to her. She has one exception – a granddaughter she loves, but every other girl is trash pretty much. And truth be told she’d probably throw her own granddaughter under the bus if some trash can of a man told her to.

    My mom is not an anomaly in her generation. A lot of women my mom’s age are just like my mom. It’s a whole generation of women who sit on juries and find men not guilty when credibly accused of rape, because we don’t want to ruin a good person’s life sending them to jail. My mom is from that generation of women that throw their own daughters under the bus for boyfriends they’ve known 3 weeks. Please note I am not saying every woman of that generation is dysfunctional – I am speaking collectively. If you’re 64 you’ve run into a lot of women like my mom. I think this is what Sharon is referencing.

    The patriarchy cannot survive without the assistance of these women and women are a huge part of the problem. Look at how many White women voted for Trump because they hate Hillary, They voted for an unqualified lunatic knowing very well he was a damn lunatic instead of a competent person because they don’t like her. Their internalized misogyny is that strong.

    I’m really proud of the Me Too Movement for openly rejecting hatred of women and saying they aren’t going to stand for it anymore. The backlash to this movement has been absolutely terrifying.

    • Lurker257 says:

      OMG @sideeye! You met my mother in law?
      (She’s in her 80s. This is her. Every single line of it.)

      • SIde Eye says:

        @Lurker257 I know how hard that is! My ex MIL is the same. Ugh. Sadly, I know so many women just like this.

    • If Not Me Then Who says:

      I’m 54 and this sounds like my mom. About 20 years ago she asked for my help finding a new GYN so I recommended my doctor, an incredible woman in her 50s. My mom refused to see her because she was a woman, saying, “I just don’t believe that a woman will be as good of a doctor as a man.” I asked if she would feel the same if I, or her other 2 daughters, became doctors, and she said, “Well of course not! That’s different.” Then again she is a far, far right fundamentalist Christian who taught her two sons and 3 daughters that a man is the head of the household and a wife’s job is to be subservient—all while telling the girls to always be capable of taking care of ourselves and to never be totally reliant on a man. Thankfully, even as youngsters, my sisters and I clearly called BS. When grown, we saw that her inability to think logically was largely due to her refusal to acknowledge or seek treatment for bipolar disease and depression, and the fact that she’d had little access to education which left her vulnerable in so, so many ways.

      I’ve long hoped that the generation that, outwardly at least, largely bought into the idea that women were “the weaker sex” would die off and take their ridiculous ideas with them. Sadly, ignorance is like a roach that survives a nuclear bomb.…it Just. Won’t. Die. (And it emerged with prolific breeding capabilities.) Our political and legal systems are visibly infested by roaches with unchecked power and control. Enough already.

    • Dara says:

      My mom was always trying to make me be “less”. Less smart, less ambitious, less opinionated, less outspoken. I’ll be generous and assume it was because she was afraid I would dare too much and fail. It was my dad, bless him, who took me aside when I was a teenager and outright said, “don’t listen to your mother, you can be anything you want to be”. They are both gone now, but I hear my dad’s voice in my head every day. I only hear mom’s when I’ve failed.

    • SIde Eye says:

      @If Not Me Then Who and @Dara your posts really resonated with me. I think it’s great that we are all doing the work to undo this programming/damage. And I agree that at times it’s so frustrating cause it seems like it will never die off or go away.

      My cousin has a 6 year old daughter who my mom hates. When she wears her hair down, she says she’s “showing off”. Wtf. She’s six. You’d think an 80 year old woman wouldn’t be jealous of a 6 year old. And here we are. If she could throw that little girl to the alligators she would. Her viciousness towards her is so alarming. To the point where I told my cousin she’d be wise to never, ever, have that little girl alone with my mom. My mom also hates my cousin (the 6 year old’s mom). My cousin, and her kid, are a ray of sunshine, and I think that’s why my mom hates them so much. My mom will start rumors that my cousin is on the verge of a nervous breakdown (she isn’t, but even if she were, she’d come out of it fine). Frankly, it’s exhausting to be around such a bitter bitch who hates women and I can honestly say I won’t miss her when she passes and I think holidays will be so much more pleasant. My mom and her brother are the last left of the a-holes at the table. When they are gone it will be peace and kumbaya.

      I also notice with my mom’s generation how much they hate women and girls who are curvy and proud of their curves. My mom will ascribe all kinds of personality flaws to curvy women who dare exist at the beach in their bathing suits. Everything is she has her boobs all out. It’s.a special hate she has for girls who are curvy. And I think at the heart of it is a deep jealousy and self hate.

      I think my mom is the reason I hate pick me chicks with every fiber of my being.

  9. girl_ninja says:

    It’s not just hillbillies though is it. The money people like Peter Thiel and the Koch brothers are very wealthy people who are money behind this attempted take down of Roe v. Wade, and voter rights. There are republicans on the east coast too folks.

    • MsGnomer says:

      I would use the term hill billy to describe these ignoramuses. Or, let’s just go with “fascist.” How’s that?

  10. Nicegirl says:

    You are correct lady. Thank God for you. All

    I’m trying so hard to get out. Maybe someday I will get to tell and show you all how this lifeline for women this site has probably fuckign saved my life thank you so much I can’t believe this happened to me I’m so sorry for this comment I’m just so scared but I’m gonna keep fighting to tell the truth and take a leap of faith and god I’m praying my women if they still remember me will catch me. Thank you so much I’m so scared

    • Twin Falls says:

      I’m not sure of your specific situation but since it’s on this thread, the DV hotline counselors are very understanding and just talking to one helped me immensely. I hope there are people in your life you can reach out to. You’re stronger than you think.

  11. Nicegirl says:

    I’m gonna read the post again for strength cuz todays the day

  12. Nicegirl says:

    I love you all

  13. Nicegirl says:

    And please do not let Janis get my Cody

  14. mander says:

    Have I missed something? Do we need to help Nicegirl? Does this make sense to some of you? It’s concerning.

    • clarabelle says:

      Yes it is concerning, I hope she’s OK. (but sure doesn’t sound like it)

    • blacktoypoodle says:

      I believe it may have something to do with the SisterWives show (reality show about a Mormon “plural” marriage). I don’t follow any of it but I recognize those name from headlines.

      I think she’s throwing that in there as sarcasm. (?)

  15. jferber says:

    She’s a very beautiful woman and has a lot of interesting things to say. I know she has been very dedicated in HIV/AIDS work. I think she is a free spirit and I’ve always liked her.

  16. MsGnomer says:

    When Stone uses the phrase Hillbilly, I interpret that to mean someone who is willfully ignorant, accepting no greater understanding than their own of the reality around them. In our beloved country, you can be appointed to the Supreme Court and be ignorant and stubborn, as we have seen.

    Sharon Stone is impeccable. That is all.