23 Flawless Responses Female Celebrities Had To Sexist Reporter Questions

If you’ve ever watched a red carpet special before an awards show, you know that the standard questions for women go something like this: “Who are you wearing?” “Tell us about how you got ready for this event.” “Are you going to be able to eat while you’re wearing that?” And if the female celeb in question is a mom, it’s, “How do you balance your career and your family?” Even in regular interviews or press conferences, questions similar to these come up.

Now, there is nothing wrong with these questions, per se. Asking a celebrity who made her dress or why she picked her outfit is understandable – a lot of work goes into those gowns, and it’s something people are interested in. I mean, hey, I love checking out the fashion on red carpets, and I don’t think it makes me any less of a feminist to admit that. The problem isn’t just that this question is asked. The problem is that, most of the time, this is the only question asked.

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It would be nice to hear reporters ask female celebrities about what made them choose the role they are there to discuss, how they got into character, maybe a bit about their background. It would be nice to hear these questions mixed in with the questions about the dresses – you know, like when male actors are interviewed.

This is exactly why the #AskHerMore campaign was started. #AskHerMore is the plea for reporters to start asking female celebrities the more hard-hitting questions they are never hesitant to ask male celebrities. It began this year, and since then, everyone has been discussing the more sexist questions that been asked in interviews, both on the red carpet and off. It’s a really important discussion, regardless of how you feel about it.

I’ve heard a lot of people say that asking about a gown isn’t a sexist question. And, like I said, I agree. It’s the fact that this is the ONLY question being asked that’s frustrating. I mean, look how ridiculous it was when Buzzfeed asked Kevin Spacey the same questions they would ask a woman. Look, I’m not saying that we have to stop caring about what women are wearing, because I don’t think that at all. I just think we need to start caring about more than just what a woman is wearing.

So, that being said, here are 23 flawless responses female celebrities have given to reporters asking ridiculous and sexist questions. Ladies of Hollywood, it’s nice to see you standing up for yourselves.

 

1. When Rihanna was asked what she was looking for in a man instead of about her many talents, and got totally annoyed (rightfully so): 

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2. When Scarlett Johansson didn’t even try to hide how angry she was about a question about her underwear instead of anything remotely intelligent: 

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3. When Mayim Bialik was completely patronized on the red carpet. 

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4. When Taylor Swift shot a death glare at a reporter who assumed she would go home with lots of men. 

 

5. When Fifth Harmony reacted this way over this absurd question that I can’t even believed was actually asked: 

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6. When Scarlett and Robert Downey Jr. pointed out how ridiculous it was that all people care about is how she got into shape for her role. 

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7. When Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield were being interviewed by Teen Vogue and got annoyed by the question about her being blonde. 

 

8. When someone told Alice Eve she couldn’t pull off playing a smart woman role because of her looks.

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9. When Lauren Conrad gave the most perfect response to this question: 

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10. When Elisabeth Moss flipped off E’s mani cam because, let’s face it, this thing is ridiculous. 

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11. And then when Julianne Moore flat-out refused to do it. (The mani-cam is gone now, by the way) 

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12. When Anne Hathaway got annoyed at the constant questions about her weight instead of her career. 

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13. When someone questioned Hilary Clinton about clothing designers instead of, you know, any of the other important things she does. 

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14. When Amy Poehler was like ughhhh after someone brought up the fact that people think women aren’t as funny as men.

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15. When Jennifer Garner talked about the difference between the questions she answers and the questions her husband answers. 

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16. When Cate Blanchett called out a videographer. 

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17. When Emma Stone got a little sassy and sarcastic in the best way possible.

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18. When Jennifer Lawrence wondered why she was always being asked about her weight.

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19. When Rashida Jones had to deal with this ridiculous comment.

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20. When Russian astronaut Elena Serova was asked about her hair and got totally annoyed. 

 

21. When Megan Fox shut this reporter down.

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22. When Tina and Amy made these faces to this question because why would you ask them this question.

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23. When Lady Gaga was asked if she’s been busy wedding planning, and gave this response: 

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What do you think of #AskHerMore? Do you agree or disagree? Which of these responses is your favorite? Tell me in the comments.

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  • Melayahm

    Wouldn’t it be fantastic if one Oscars or some such, all the women turned up in tux’s?

  • misschinitapr

    These responses were gold. Mayim’s was my favorite.

  • Josiah Morris

    Now it’s time to go over why this is stupid.

    1. Men get asked this too. Even I have asked this to random celebrities that I’ve met, male or female. This is not a gender issue.
    2. Men get asked this too. People want to know about costumes and the limitations that are associated with them. This is not a gender issue.
    3. When talking to actors, the first thing you would typically think of them is as actors. I’m sure that the guys that play the male roles on the show get asked about calculus and junk all the time too. This is not a gender issue.
    4. Are you seriously trying to tell me that men like George Clooney don’t get asked that constantly? Be serious here.
    5. This question is relating to the relational dynamics within the group, not an issue of sexism.
    6. Christian Bale was asked about how he met his roles for American Hustle and The Machinist. Gerard Butler was asked how he got into shape for 300. When a part of the role involves a noticeable change in the physical appearance of the actor/actress, they will be asked about it.
    7. I’m pretty sure that I just answered this, but it’s obviously to a much lesser extreme. Admittedly, it’s a bit silly.
    8. For decades, scientific fields were heavily related to nerds, which were typically unattractive. No only do men get asked this, both in real life (with a bit of variation of course), and those that are just playing the part.
    9. Men get asked this too, or is it only an outrage when female actors get asked about it?
    10. What the hell is a mani cam?
    11. What the hell is a mani cam?
    12. We’ve been over this one already.
    13. This is the woman that claims women are the primary victims of war. It’s a stupid question, but it’s impossible to take anything related to him seriously at all.
    14. Amy Poehler is a comedian. That is an opinion held by many people for some reason. It’s a totally reasonable, rational, career-related question to ask.
    15. Fair point I suppose.
    16. Yes, they do those shots for men too is the response the cinematographer should have made.
    17. What are they going to say instead? That she looks intelligent? Equal? It’s just a compliment. There’s nothing wrong with that.
    18. http://stylecaster.com/actors-who-lost-weight-for-movie-roles/
    Yeah, cool.
    19. Race issue, not a gender issue.
    20. Sure, it’s a dumb question.
    21. This is a stupid question. Not gendered, just a stupid question to ask because no public figure would ever say no to that.
    22. Another dumb question.
    23. People like knowing about the lives of celebrities. This isn’t a gender issue, they’re just asking about her personal life.

    This is absolutely pathetic. There are legitimate issues of sexism in the world and the fact that you even bothered spending an iota of time on this says more about you than anybody else. I’m not even talking about the oppression of women in the middle east, I’m talking about the constant, clear, factual sexism of society against men.

    http://www.realsexism.com/

    Don’t subscribe to an ideology because you like the way it sounds, or because it makes you feel better about yourself, or whatever it is. Believe in something because it has actual facts. Actual logic behind it. Be a rational person.

    • Twi-hard

      As they stated in the beginning, it’s not the Questions themselves, it’s that they’re the only ones that get asked for the most part. Read the whole thing please.

      • Josiah Morris

        Oh, then in that case, citation needed. Just because they don’t show you the other questions that get asked, it doesn’t mean that they’re the only questions that get asked. Have you never seen Conan, Fallon, Kimmel, etc. before? They ask plenty of questions. They might not show these for these events, but that’s likely an issue of the TV networks showing things that people are actually going to watch. They show what people are after, if they show actresses talking about other things and people start tuning out, of course they’re going to reduce time spent on that. That isn’t an issue of the interviewers or networks being sexist, that’s an issue of the consumers being bored by the other questions.

        It’s called research and it’s done by every TV station every year for every bit of content they produce.

    • guest

      You’re right, you probably know better than the women answering the questions above what they get asked all the time. Sorry, no, the point is that women way more often then men, especially on the red carpet are the focus of the shallow, appearance based questions. If Scarlett Johanson or Emma Stone themselves say they are annoyed because on a press circuit they have only been asked shallow questions compared to their male counterparts, than that is valid, just because you don’t think it is doesn’t mean it’s not, sorry they know what they are asked better than you, and when their male counter parts agree, again there must be something to it. And Jennifer Garner is right, women are constantly asked about parenthood and “trying to have it all” and it’s offensive, because like she said the conversation needs to change.

      And the question to Amy Poehler about men being funnier than women is an old stereotype, not a valid question. It’s offensive that in a day in age when there have been multiple women staring and running television comedies that this question comes up.

      The fact that you are unaware of what a mani-cam is tells me that maybe you don’t watch or pay attention to things like red carpets. It is literally a camera meant for women and only women to show off their hands.

      Sure there are more severe forms of sexism, but everything above shows that women in Hollywood are treated differently and the women above are attempting to change that, just like the ask her more trend. Just because you don’t consider it sexism doesn’t mean it’s not, because it is. Women want to be treated the same on the red carpet and in interviews as men, and they are not, because if they were it would not be pointed out by them over and over again how they are not.

      • Josiah Morris

        “Sorry, no, the point is that women way more often then men, especially on the red carpet are the focus of the shallow, appearance based questions.” Except that the focus of red carpet for every single person that walks along it is always and always will be appearances. That’s pretty much the whole point of it, to see how they present themselves at events.

        “If Scarlett Johanson or Emma Stone themselves say they are annoyed because on a press circuit they have only been asked shallow questions compared to their male counterparts, than that is valid”
        Hearsay, conjecture and baseless accusations are never valid. Just because they say something, it doesn’t mean it’s true. I’d like some actual proof of these things.

        “just because you don’t think it is doesn’t mean it’s not, sorry they know what they are asked better than you, and when their male counter parts agree, again there must be something to it.”
        They gain publicity from making these accusations. I don’t trust them and you shouldn’t either. Oh right, I forgot that the cry of all feminists is “Listen and believe”.

        “And Jennifer Garner is right, women are constantly asked about parenthood and “trying to have it all” and it’s offensive, because like she said the conversation needs to change.”
        Men are asked about that too. Especially when they’ve just had a child. Either way, as I said in my initial post, celebrities are always asked about their personal lives because that’s what people want to see. If you don’t like it, vote with your wallet.

        “And the question to Amy Poehler about men being funnier than women is an old stereotype, not a valid question.”
        It literally is though. I explained exactly why before. Saying “nuh-uh, you’re wrong” on the other hand, is not a valid response to this. You seem to be confused about that.

        “It’s offensive that in a day in age when there have been multiple women staring and running television comedies that this question comes up.”
        False. If it were offensive, everybody would be offended by it. Just because you’re offended by it, it doesn’t mean it’s offensive. Even if it was, she’s a comedian. One of the main things comedians do is talk about uncomfortable, offensive topics in humorous ways. If they can’t handle it themselves, they have no right doing that as a job.

        “The fact that you are unaware of what a mani-cam is tells me that maybe you don’t watch or pay attention to things like red carpets.”
        You’re right, I don’t watch them. Mostly because I’m not shallow and I don’t really care about how celebrities look. Again, vote with your wallet.

        “It is literally a camera meant for women and only women to show off their hands.”
        Well maybe if men did things like wearing expensive rings and put on nail polish, they would get them to use it too. Have you ever considered that maybe, just maybe, they only got women to use it because it’s almost exclusively women that decorate their hands and fingers?

        “Sure there are more severe forms of sexism, but everything above shows that women in Hollywood are treated differently”
        They aren’t though. This just shows that they’re complaining about not being treated special.

        “the women above are attempting to change that, just like the ask her more trend.”

        If you want to change the way a business, especially the way a huge business runs, you need to vote with your wallet. They won’t care unless it’s actually going to cost them money. Do you not know the basis of capitalism?

        “Just because you don’t consider it sexism doesn’t mean it’s not, because it is.”

        Similarly, just because you consider it sexism, it doesn’t mean it is. I, on the other hand, actually have some rational, logical reasoning behind my assertions. You’ve done no such thing.

        “Women want to be treated the same on the red carpet and in interviews as men”

        Are you sure? It really just seems like they want special treatment.

        ” if they were it would not be pointed out by them over and over again how they are not.”

        Again, they gain publicity by doing this and lose nothing by not saying it. You should never just take what people say at face value. Take everything with a grain of salt, step back and actually look at the bigger picture. They’re treated exactly the same as men, it’s just that typically, people have wanted to see actresses talk about their personal lives and clothing and junk. Until you people start actually taking something away from the people doing the interviews, money, you won’t get a single thing from them.

        Git gud.

        • Twi-hard

          *Sigh* Whatever. You’re a guy right?

          • Josiah Morris

            I am, but that shouldn’t be relevant. It seems like you’re trying to discredit me based on my gender. Gender equality is hard, right?