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Jamie Lee Curtis weighs in on 'nepo baby' argument calling herself 'the OG'

Jamie Lee Curtis weighs in on 'nepo baby' argument calling herself 'the OG'

Jamie Lee Curtis has called herself 'the OG' nepo baby

The 'nepo baby' debate has taken another turn as Hollywood star Jamie Lee Curtis has waded in, calling herself 'an OG'.

Just to clear things up, a 'nepo baby' is a term for a child of famous parents who some believe rose to fame and fortune in no small part due to who their mum and dad were.

It's really not meant as a compliment, with the term being thrown around and meant to mean that someone probably wouldn't have been as successful if they didn't get a leg up from having famous parents.

Plenty of celebrities have commented on the debate about nepotism in Hollywood and many famous people are the kids of famous figures, leading some to think maybe someone else could have missed out on fame and fortune because a child of famous figures got the opportunities they might have had.

Branding herself as an 'OG nepo baby', Jamie Lee Curtis has entered the debate and hit out at the criticism levelled at people over their famous families.

Jamie Lee Curtis hit out at the 'nepo baby' debate.
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Taking to her Instagram account, she shared a picture of herself with her Hollywood star parents Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh.

She wrote: "I have been a professional actress since I was 19 years old so that makes me an OG Nepo Baby.

"I've never understood, nor will I, what qualities got me hired that day, but since my first two lines on Quincy as a contract player at Universal Studios to this last spectacular creative year some 44 years later, there's not a day in my professional life that goes by without my being reminded that I am the daughter of movie stars.

"The current conversation about nepo babies is just designed to try to diminish and denigrate and hurt."

When it comes to being the advantages of being the child of famous parents, the actor said she won't 'pretend there aren't any', but hit back at people 'that try to tell me that I have no value on my own'.

The actor wrote that it was 'curious how we immediately make assumptions and snide remarks', arguing that the nepo babies debate strays into claiming people 'somehow have no talent whatsoever'.

Jamie Lee Curtis has criticised the 'assumptions and snide remarks' which come with being a child of fame.
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She stated that this was 'simply not true', declaring that 'every day I've tried to bring integrity and professionalism and love and community and art to my work'.

The BAFTA and Golden Globe winning actor declared that there were 'many of us' working hard to succeed regardless of who their parents were, saying that they were 'dedicated to our craft' while being 'proud of our lineage' and 'strong in our belief in our right to exist'.

Other famous faces have pushed back against the 'nepo baby' label, arguing that even though having famous families probably did help them, it doesn't mean they lack the talent or don't work hard for their success.

Featured Image Credit: Shutterstock/jamieleecurtis/Instagram

Topics: Celebrity, Film and TV