Emma Stone is an LGBT icon who’s not afraid to take on sexist dudes in her new movie

Emma Stone’s new movie, Battle of the Sexes, is one for the books.

Emma becomes the legendary tennis player Billie Jean King who battles against the chauvinistic Bobby Riggs, played by Steve Carrell in the most iconic tennis match to date.  This match was the MOST VIEWED MATCH IN HISTORY. This was not any ordinary match, this was to prove that women can win in any sport or category that men typically dominate.

If you don’t know who the legendary Billie Jean King is, let me school you a bit. Billie Jean is a icon, one of tennis’s greatest champions, an advocate for LGBTQ+ rights, and women’s rights. Her match against the infamous Bobby Riggs pushed women athletes and women’s rights forward around the world.

#SteveCarell and #EmmaStone as Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King at the #BattleOfTheSexes presser in 1973 🎾

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Throughout this movie, you will see the many hardships Billie Jean had to face as a woman in the male-dominated world of tennis in the 70s. She was mocked, insulted, and disrespected to the HIGHEST degree. However, that didn’t stop her from shining, it just made her more determined to win because she had something to prove to herself and to the world. Let me tell you, Emma Stone definitely captures all of the struggles, pain, and determination Billie Jean experienced.

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Now I had the most amazing opportunity to go to a screening to see Battle of the Sexes, thanks to Citizen Watch, the US Open’s timepiece partner (check out their US Open watch for a seriously cool 70s-meets-2k17 vibe). Citizen also invited us to a panel featuring Shonda Rhimes, Valerie Faris, Emma Stone, and Billie Jean King. They dropped loads of wisdom on female empowerment,  self- love and improvement, intersectionality, and sprinkled in some astrology.

Here are some of the comments that were said:

Emma joked about astrology: “I’m almost 29, I’m the age Billie Jean was in this time period, and the thing that’s been such a gift that I’m slowly coming into, and I don’t know if any of y’all believe in astrology but it’s my Saturn return.”

Shonda gave us some wise words of wisdom: “The thing I got from this movie, is it’s not confidence, its courage. You don’t have to be confident and know you can do something, you just have to be courageous enough to try to do it.”

Billie Jean tells us to try our best in all types of situations: “How did you do? Did you try your best? And all you knew in that moment of truth when there is pressure on you is just do the best you can, then try to let go.”


Long story short, This movie is phenomenal. Why would I steer you wrong? Take my advice and go see this movie, bring your sisters, girl friends, male friends, etc. It will be worth your while.

In theatres this Friday!! Check out the trailer below.

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