Anne Hathaway made headlines when she went commando under a black dress at a premiere for Les Miserables. A paparazzo with a strategic, perverse angle and no conscience snapped a photo of Anne Hathaway exiting her car, forgetting to keep her knees together–because sometimes that isn’t the easiest way to get out of a freakin’ vehicle–and suddenly a sliver of her hoo-ha was all over the Internet, marked “Anne Hathaway no underwear” in Google searches everywhere.
When Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton or the like do the same thing, no one even blinks anymore, because we’ve seen it before. But Anne Hathaway has been scandal free since she hopped into stardom with The Princess Diaries, so seeing her with no underwear is a big deal–even if the world’s seen Anne Hathaway topless in movies like Brokeback Mountain already.
Anne was pretty humiliated by all of the attention. She told a Vanity Fair writer, “I was getting out of the car and my dress was so tight that I didn’t realize it until I saw all the photographers’ flashes. It was devastating. They saw everything. I might as well have lifted up my skirt for them.”
When she stopped by the Today show with Matt Lauer following the no underwear brouhaha, he brought it up. In fairness, that’s his job–to ask the questions people want the answers to–but his choice of words was pretty rude and a little bit creepy. He literally said, “Seen a lot of you lately.”
Anne Hathaway was a lot more gracious than we’d have the patience to be in that situation. She remained poised, but she still let him have it in her own sweet, polite way.
“I’d be happy to stay home,” she sassed gently, “but–the film.” When he asked flat out about the no underwear incident, Anne was a little exasperated–because, hello? She’s human! But she was still tactful. “It was obviously an unfortunate incident. It kind of made me sad on two accounts. One was that I was very sad that we live in an age when someone takes a picture of another person in a vulnerable moment, and rather than delete it, and do the decent thing, sells it. And I’m sorry that we live in a culture that commodifies the sexuality of unwilling participants. Which brings us back to Les Mis.” PWNED!
You can watch the exchange here:
Anne’s right, of course. While it’s always wise to, you know, wear underwear–and there are undergarments made for really, really tight dresses–people simply shouldn’t be aiming camera lenses up anyone’s skirts (unless there’s consent, you’re all of age, and you’re all into that sort of thing). Yes, she’s a public figure, and yes, that makes her extra susceptible to situations like this, and we’re sure she generally knows better being in the public eye than to flash your goods. But that’s not what she did–she had an accident. The fact that she’s getting more heat for this than the photographer who essentially violated her is pretty disturbing.
Do you think Matt Lauer went overboard with his comment about Anne Hathaway? Do you think Anne Hathaway is handling her wardrobe malfunction well? Do you think Anne Hathaway really didn’t need underwear? Tell us in the comments!