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.
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):
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:
3. When Mayim Bialik was completely patronized on the red carpet.
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:
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.
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.
9. When Lauren Conrad gave the most perfect response to this question:
10. When Elisabeth Moss flipped off E’s mani cam because, let’s face it, this thing is ridiculous.
11. And then when Julianne Moore flat-out refused to do it. (The mani-cam is gone now, by the way)
12. When Anne Hathaway got annoyed at the constant questions about her weight instead of her career.
13. When someone questioned Hilary Clinton about clothing designers instead of, you know, any of the other important things she does.
14. When Amy Poehler was like ughhhh after someone brought up the fact that people think women aren’t as funny as men.
15. When Jennifer Garner talked about the difference between the questions she answers and the questions her husband answers.
16. When Cate Blanchett called out a videographer.
17. When Emma Stone got a little sassy and sarcastic in the best way possible.
18. When Jennifer Lawrence wondered why she was always being asked about her weight.
19. When Rashida Jones had to deal with this ridiculous comment.
20. When Russian astronaut Elena Serova was asked about her hair and got totally annoyed.
21. When Megan Fox shut this reporter down.
22. When Tina and Amy made these faces to this question because why would you ask them this question.
23. When Lady Gaga was asked if she’s been busy wedding planning, and gave this response:
What do you think of #AskHerMore? Do you agree or disagree? Which of these responses is your favorite? Tell me in the comments.