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This is a #MeToo genie': Barbara Eden responds to criticism 'I Dream of Jeannie' was sexist

Jeremy Belanger
Producer, Yahoo Entertainment

Was I Dream of Jeannie sexist or feminist?

The star of the beloved series I Dream of Jeannie, Barbara Eden, was interviewed Friday on Today by Al Roker. Eden’s character spent five seasons magically catering to the wishes of her master, Tony, an astronaut.

Roker asked, “Do you think today they could do I Dream of Jeannie, because some people said, ‘Oh, this was too sexist or she was subservient?’”

Eden responded, “Of course you could. The sexist or subservient part is so ridiculous. I mean, this is a classical theme. This is a #MeToo genie.”

Some have said the show was sexist, something that Eden has denied before. Others have agreed.

With the recent glut of classic TV shows being rebooted for modern audiences, who knows — we may just see an updated I Dream of Jeannie.

In the end, Eden said she’s happy to be known for her unique character. “I’m proud of her. Isn’t it lucky that I had one character that people remember?”

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