When Netflix announced the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Once & Again special, fans were thrilled to hear from their favorite original cast members. But as it turned out, the original Pink Power Ranger, Amy Jo Johnson, was not part of the cast. Johnson clarified through tweets that she did not refuse the offer due to monetary issues or professional disputes, but because she did not want to wear spandex in her 50s or travel to New Zealand for a month.
Johnson’s statement brings up an issue that all women encounter with age. Society puts a lot of pressure on women to remain youthful and to continue to uphold beauty standards, especially in the entertainment industry. It’s refreshing to hear a woman speak up and say “no” to societal pressures. Johnson’s comment reminds us that it’s okay not to conform to these expectations. It’s important for women to embrace themselves fully, instead of trying to look and express themselves like their younger selves. This is an empowering move that inspires other women to do the same.
Additionally, though Johnson didn’t mention it, there’s a common belief that women should dress a certain way in certain situations. The stereotypes dictate that they wear revealing clothes for some occasions or conservative outfits otherwise. The belief is that women should dress according to what’s appropriate and accept the way people look at them based on their clothes.
Breaking free from these stereotypes is important. It is necessary for women to get rid of the notion of how they should dress and be confident in their own skin. They should wear what they feel comfortable in and what makes them happy. In conclusion, Johnson’s comment about not wanting to wear spandex highlights these deep-rooted societal pressures and strikes a chord with women all over the world. It’s empowering to refuse to conform and instead feel comfortable in one’s own skin.