Dax Shepard has earned praise for his response to a “misogynistic” tabloid headline, which described him, Ben Affleck and Keith Urban as “henpecked husbands”.
The actor, 47, who has been married to Kristen Bell, 42, since 2013, addressed the headline on Instagram on Sunday, where he posted a photo from a recent cover of Star.
The cover reads, “Hollywood’s Most Stunning Husbands,” before claiming that Shepard is “banned from hanging out with friends,” while alleging that Affleck, who is married to Jennifer Lopez, is “treated like an assistant.” According to the tabloid, Urban, who is married to Nicole Kidman, “must call home by 10 p.m..”
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, henpecked means “subjecting (one’s spouse or partner) to persistent harassment and domination.”
In the Instagram post’s caption, Shepard jokingly suggested that the tabloid’s headline was a reference to a new movie, titled: “Henpecked,” and starring him, Affleck, and Urban.
“So excited and proud to share that I’m apparently starring in a movie called ‘Henpecked’ starring Ben Affleck and Keith Urban. So exciting. I haven’t read the script yet, but apparently it’s already been filmed “, wrote the actor. “It looks like I’m playing ‘No Friends Guy’, which is clearly the second banana of Ben’s ‘Assistant’ character.”
In the caption, Shepard then claimed that, of all the roles in the new fictional film, Urban has it the “toughest” because he probably wants to be home by 10 a.m.
“He, like me, probably WANTS to be there by 10 a.m., but being told he couldn’t stay out later makes him want to stay out until 11 a.m.,” Shepard continued. “This contradiction is fertile ground for a talented actor.”
Shepard concluded the post by expressing her excitement for the film, adding, “I can’t wait to see it!!!!”
In the comments under Shepard’s post, many, including other celebrities, applauded the actor for the amusing response to the title.
“I just picked up. You must have had my part. You will have to grow your hair longer and I hope you are cool with nudity. Break your legs, mate,” commented John Stamos.
Jake Tapper also responded to the post, with the reporter writing, “I read for this. A great character arc in act three when you return home to your amazing wife and kids and live a happy life. Congratulation!”
The post also prompted a response from Zooey Deschanel, with the actor joking, “Love this movie!”
“Well if you gotta be henpeced, better be henpeced by Kristen Bell,” another person joked.
While many were amused by Shepard’s response, others praised him for calling out the sexist title.
“I have to love a media post that perpetuates the old adage that women are shrews and men are victims. I wish they had a new narrative,” one person commented, while another said, “In a world of toxic masculinity and gender roles, it’s no surprise that an emotionally evolved man be criticized. Keep up the good work!
“What a wholesome and fun response,” someone else wrote. “You never know. It could be a great movie. You should write something like that.
Although Shepard offered a humorous response to the headline, he previously spoke about the importance of female empowerment during a conversation with E ! News about how he and Bell are raising their two daughters, Delta and Lincoln.
“You love them; you try to give them opportunities to build self-esteem and believe in themselves. You can’t tell someone they’re awesome. You have to give them opportunities to prove themselves. they’re great,” he said of the couple’s parenting skills, adding, “I think the more empowered women are, the better off we all are.