11/25/2014 04:31 pm ET Updated Nov 26, 2014

Anna Kendrick Says People Have To 'Fight Back And Own' The Word 'Feminist'

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As we've said over and over again, "feminist" isn't a bad word -- and Anna Kendrick agrees.

In an interview with The Daily Beast published on Nov. 25, Kendrick talked about her upcoming role in the film "Into The Woods." She told The Daily Beast's Marlow Stern about how her character, a reimagined Cinderella, puts a feminist twist on the traditional damsel in distress princess narrative.

When the Stern brought up Time Magazine's recent list of words to ban in 2015, which included the word "feminist," Kendrick replied:

That’s a fucking bummer. It’s hard because words confuse me sometimes. There isn’t a word for a member of an ethnic minority who is pro-equal rights for all races, but there is a word for gender equality -- and that’s feminism. It’s a very female-centric word. I understand that the implication is that “I’m a woman who supports women” and not “I’m a person who supports gender equality.” I feel like the word can be appropriated by the wrong people for that reason and misinterpreted by those people, but you just have to fight back and own that word. It’s practically become a curse word. Somebody says, “Oh, you’re being such a feminist,” and you’re supposed to be like, “No I’m not.” Why are we afraid of that word? It exists and we can’t get rid of it, so let’s fight for it and embrace it. That is truly a bummer.

Kendrick also discussed some of the misogyny she encounters on Twitter, telling The Daily Beast that she gets "crazy shit" tweeted at her. "But I look at some of those girls who are involved in Gamergate and I think, 'I don’t know how they do it. I don’t know how they handle it,'" she said. "When I’m feeling bad, I look up some of the girls involved in Gamergate and I think, 'You know, I feel very, very lucky and supported.'”

Anna Kendrick, FT(Feminist)W.

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