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Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager Criticize Harrison Butker’s Controversial Speech

Today‘S Hoda Kotb And Jenna Bush Hager didn’t hold back their feelings Harrison Butker‘s controversial college commencement speech.

The 28-year-old Kansas City Chiefs kicker made headlines earlier this week for encouraging female Benedictine College graduates to choose homemaking despite their educational success. “Some of you may go on to have successful careers in the world, but I would venture to guess that the majority of you are most looking forward to your marriage and the children you will bring into this world.”

Harrison let his wife grow Isabelle ButkerLife “really began with her beginning to live out her vocation as a wife and mother,” and with her happily swapping her career as a homemaker. (The couple, who married in 2018, have two children together.)

On Thursday, May 16, episode of Today with Hoda & JennaBush Hager, 42, credited her husband, Heinrich Hagerfor her professional success because he treats her like an “equal partner”.

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“Who is [Harrison] tell us?” She joked, to which Kotb, 59, added: “Don’t speak for us. I think that’s a thing. Stop speaking for the women out there.”

The host duo praised people who are staying home, with Bush Hager noting that “the work they’re doing is incredible.” At the same time, they pointed out that not all couples have the luxury of one being at home while the other works. “It is, first of all, an elitist concept,” noted Bush Hager.

Today's Hoda Kotb, Jenna Bush Hager Slam Harrison Butkers Housewife Comments: 'Don't Speak for Us'

Harrison Butker Christopher Trim/Cal Sport Media/Newscom/MEGA

“I think it has something to do with having someone speak for him [someone]Kotb said to her co-host. “And [Harrison] You may speak for many people, but you cannot speak for everyone. … Women can decide what they want to do.”

Bush Hager referred further America Ferrarais the famous monologue of Barbie, in which her character Gloria discusses the complexities of being a woman in modern society. “It’s so hard to be a woman,” she said. “[Harrison] haven’t had the chance yet. So when he comes back in his next life, maybe he can give us a keynote speech about how to live.”

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The former first daughter also recalled a recent incident where Hager, 46, managed to calm her down after a tiring day. “I came home and thought, ‘I’m upset about this,’ and he was so steady and steadfast,” she gushed. “And I said to him, ‘I felt really unleashed and you gave me support and I’m so grateful that I have you.’ What about that, women? Find the man who will help you do all of these things.”

She continued, “Or do it on your own because look at Hoda Kotb! Go it alone with your village!” (Kotb co-raised her daughters Haley, 7, and Hope, 4, with her ex-fiancé, Joel Schiffmansince their separation in January 2022.)

Kotb concluded the discussion by saying, “There are many ways to live a meaningful life, many, many.” Some involve children, others perhaps not. Some require you to be at home, others may not. Some may just be volunteer work. It does not matter.”

Today's Hoda Kotb, Jenna Bush Hager Slam Harrison Butkers Housewife Comments: 'Don't Speak for Us'

Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager on “Today.” Nathan Congleton/NBC

Several celebrities have spoken out against Harrison following his acceptance speech, including: Mary Shriverwhich Kotb quoted during her and Bush Hager’s discussion.

“As a woman who has embraced my calling to live a meaningful life and work inside and outside the home to educate not only good people but also our country in various ways, I believe it is demeaning for women to “The role of women and motherhood pales in comparison to that of the housewife,” Shriver, 68, wrote in a lengthy article Social media statement on Wednesday, May 15th.

Shriver added: “It took a revolution to give women the right to vote, to get women to vote, to get birth control pills for women, to get women to put their names on a checking account, to give them maternity leave, to get them anywhere near fair pay, to get them elected to office, to get them to where they are today!”

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