Maria Shriver and a host of other celebrities have criticized Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker for his controversial remarks during a college commencement speech.

Butker, the Chiefs’ kicker since 2017, suggested that female graduates of Benedictine College were ‘most excited about your marriage and the children you will bring into this world,’ and also said that men ‘set the tone of the culture.’

Those remarks have been widely panned, and on Tuesday former First Lady of California Shriver chimed in.

‘As a woman who has leaned into my vocation of living a meaningful life inside and outside the home to not only raise good humans but also raise up our country in various ways, I think it’s demeaning to women to imply that their choices outside of wife and motherhood pale in comparison to that of a homemaker,’ she wrote in a statement posted to X.

‘I’m happy for Mr. Butker’s wife, Isabelle, that she’s happy in her chosen vocation. Good for her. But she should let her husband know that not all women can make that choice, even if they wanted to. Most families can’t get by without both parents working. It’s a luxury to get the choice she has gotten.’

Maria Shriver slammed Harrison Butker for his recent remarks at a commencement speech

Harrison Butker made several sexist remarks during a speech at Benedictine College last week

Harrison Butker made several sexist remarks during a speech at Benedictine College last week

Shriver also commented on Butker’s claim about men setting ‘the tone of the culture.’

‘Women, men, gay, straight – of course we can! I will not tell Mr. Butker to stick to kicking, but I would suggest next time he speaks to women first and listen to someone with a clearer take on where most women find themselves in 2024,’ she said.

Shriver’s stance was shared by many others, as former NFL quarterback Robert Griffin III said on X, ‘Women can be bada** CEOs. Women can be bada** Doctors. Women can be bada** Lawyers.

‘Women can be bada** Moms. Women can do whatever they want. It’s their right to choose what they will be.’

Today With Hoda & Jenna hosts Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager also got involved in the conversation.

‘Who is [Harrison] to tell us?’ Bush Hager asked.

Robert Griffin III, a former QB for Washington and Baltimore, also hit out at Butker's remarks

Robert Griffin III, a former QB for Washington and Baltimore, also hit out at Butker’s remarks

Butker said his wife Isabelle's life 'truly started' when she got married and had children

Butker said his wife Isabelle’s life ‘truly started’ when she got married and had children

Whoopi Goldberg, meanwhile, defended Harrison Butker's controversial speech

Whoopi Goldberg, meanwhile, defended Harrison Butker’s controversial speech

Kotb said, ‘Don’t speak for us. I think that’s kind of the thing. Stop speaking for women out there.’

Justice Horn, the former Kansas City commissioner, who was also Chair of Kansas City’s LGBTQ Commission from 2021 until this year, added on X, ‘Harrison Butker doesn’t represent Kansas City nor has he ever. Kansas City has always been a place that welcomes, affirms, and embraces our LGBTQ+ community members.’

However, at least one prominent celebrity has defended Butker’s remarks: Whoopi Goldberg.

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‘He’s at a Catholic college, he’s a staunch Catholic,’ she said on The View. ‘These are his beliefs and he’s welcome to them. I don’t have to believe them. I don’t have to accept them. The ladies that were sitting in that audience do not have to accept them.’

During his speech to Benedictine grads, Butker said, ‘I think it is you, the women, who have had the most diabolic lies told to you. Some of you may go on to lead successful careers in the world but I would venture to guess that the majority of you are most excited about your marriage and the children you will bring into this world.

‘I can tell you that my beautiful wife Isabelle would be the first to say her life truly started when she started living her vocation as a wife and as a mother. I’m on this stage today, able to be the man that I am, because I have a wife who leans into her vocation.

‘I’m beyond blessed with the many talents God has given me, but it cannot be overstated that all my success is made possible because a girl I met in band class back in middle school would convert to the faith, become my wife, and embrace one of the most important titles of all, homemaker,’ Butker concluded.

He also urged men to ‘fight against cultural emasculation.’

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