As the list of Hollywood actors, news journalists, and network producers facing serious allegations of sexist, and in some cases, even criminal behaviors, continues to grow, we're also starting to see a different list take shape.
One after the next, female celebrities are clapping back at sexism in the media by publicly calling out reporters for sexist questions and responding by actually saying what's on their minds, in real-time, in a real way, in front of real people. (What a groundbreaking concept).
While "Time's Up" pins and catchy "#Metoo" hashtags surely aid in the pursuit of progress, they're simply not enough.
What we need right now, more than ever, are honest conversations that openly and authentically address the issue of sexism toward women in all aspects of our society.
Thankfully, certain female public figures are rising to the occasion.
When it comes to sexism in the media, these female celebrities are so over the status quo.
They’ve decided to start keeping it real, kicking ass, and taking names- and all on camera.
That one time Anne Hathaway had no other choice but to publicly destroy Matt Lauer for being the ultimate creep.
After the arguably unethical release of certain ‘crotch -shot’ images revealing Anne Hathaway’s unfortunate wardrobe malfunction at the premiere of Les Miserables, Matt Lauer just couldn’t contain his inner-creep during a subsequent interview with Anne to promote the film.
In fact, he began the interview by immediately diving headfirst into the deep-end of the creep pool by opening with what is perhaps the most passive-aggressive perv line we’ve ever heard:
Good morning. Nice to see you. Seen a lot of you lately.
Oh no, he didn’t. Except, he did. And he didn’t stop there, either.
Let’s just get it out of the way. You had a little wardrobe malfunction the other night. What’s the lesson learned from something like that — other than that you keep smiling, which you always do?
What is the lesson that SHE should learn from some random photographer violating her personal privacy and directly profiting from it?
Let’s get this straight. So far, within the first few seconds of this interview, Matt Lauer has made sure to establish two facts:
He has seen her vagina.
And he wants to know if she’s learned her lesson.
What perverted ulterior universe are we in right now?
But don’t worry. Anne didn’t miss a beat when it came time for her to respond to Lauer’s sexist snides.
Well, 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 sexuality of unwilling participants, which takes us back to Les Mis because that’s what my character is.
Aaaand that’s how you shut down a sexist creep.
Thanks for showing us how it’s done, Anne.
This bizarre comment by Entertainment Tonight 's Nancy O'Dell to Taylor Swift shows that it's not just male reporters perpetuating a culture of sexism in the media.
This whole encounter is literally cringe-inducing. It kind of feels like Nancy O’Dell is just trying to kiss Taylor’s butt by attempting to compliment her in some sort of backward, immature, and just plain awkward way.
Oh yeah, and sexist. It’s totally sexist. And it doesn’t matter that it’s a woman who’s saying it.
Here’s the car wreck of a comment…
I just wanted to show your legs because… you’re gonna walk home with more than maybe just a trophy tonight, I think lots of men.
Oh, well isn’t that just the best thing that could ever happen to a totally successful female artist. Lots of men. Oh, joy.
Clearly, ET’s Nancy O’Dell is more than just slightly detached from current times- On what planet does Taylor Swift walk home from anywhere, let alone from THE GRAMMYS.
Thankfully, Swift was quick to clarify things for O’Dell.
I’m not going home with any men tonight. I’m going to hang out with my friends. And then I’m going to go home to the cats.
Hey, Nancy. Here’s some breaking news: Women can enjoy success, friendship, independence, and even rock a fabulous dress that shows a little leg without requiring the company of “lots of men,” or any man, for that matter.
When Charlize Theron had to break the news to an inept reporter that women do, in fact, experience the same range of emotions that men do.
So this reporter wants to know where that rage came from, does he?
Well, if he keeps asking sexist questions like this to strong, intelligent women like Charlize, he’s sure to find out firsthand.
Scarlet Johansson is legitimately wondering if this sexist interview is taking place in the twilight zone.
This sexist question from Jerry Penacoli to Scarlet Johansson regarding her costume in Avengers is about as unprofessional as it gets.
Now, were you able to wear… undergarments?
Clearly, this question leaves Scarlett in utter disbelief.
What’s going on? You’re like the fifth person to ask me that question. Since when did people start asking each other in this industry about their underwear?
“What’s going on?” Sexism.
Who is shutting it down? Scarlet Johansson.
Think this reporter’s sexist tone was an isolated incident? Think again.
Find out which actress’ costume he felt the need to inappropriately discuss AGAIN on the next page!