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!
Repeat offender, Jerry Penacoli, has yet more inappropriate costume questions, only this time, they’re for Anne Hathaway.
This guy just does not take a hint. He is really consumed by the costumes of female actresses. We wonder why.
First, he wanted to discuss Anne Hathaway’s shape in Batman. Then he wanted to discuss her ‘form-fitting’ costume. Then it was her diet. And then again, he wants to know more about her diet.
Apparently, Penacoli had only one topic of interest to discuss with Anne; her body.
Seemingly aware of this disturbing trend in questions, Anne aptly turns the tables…
Are you trying to lose weight? What’s the deal, man? You look great. No, no, seriously. We have to talk about this. What do you want? Are you trying to fit into a catsuit?
Now, THESE are great questions. Once again, Anne Hathaway slays sexism with both eloquence and wit.
We can always count on Rihanna to keep it real with some serious style.
On the red carpet of the launch party for Rihanna’s new fragrance, Rogue Man, it was a female reporter who chose to ask the accomplished artist and entrepreneur this dismissive question.
What are you looking for in a man… to wear this fragrance?
Has this reporter been living under a rock? Doesn’t she know that Rihanna’s too busy to be looking for a man… She’s gotta go to work.
I’m not looking for a man. Let’s start there.
Rihanna started it there. And ended it there. Then it was back focusing on HER party and HER accomplishments. Imagine that.
Upon being visually ogled by E!’s ‘Glam Cam’ on the red carpet as it scanned her entire body from top to bottom, Cate Blanchett actually knelt down to catch the attention of the cameraman and interrupt his intrusive body panning.
Once her eyes met the lens, Blanchett astutely asked the cameraman one very simple question.
Do you do that to the guys?
Enter crickets. Follow with an awkward chuckle from the host. Exit the issue of sexism. Onto the next body pan.
Lauren Conrad effortlessly shuts down this sexist question with three simple letters.
When Lauren Conrad was a guest on Sway in the Morning, she was asked to choose three mystery questions out of a bag.
Little did she know, it was a sack filled with sexism.
The last question she chose from the sack was the sort of question that can make a woman’s heart drop in an instant, leaving her frantically debating how she can maintain her dignity without being deemed an up-tight biatch (a ‘choice’ women seem to be faced with all too often).
What’s your favorite position?
But Lauren Conrad was cool, calm, and collected upon reading this misogynistic madness and paused briefly before completely shutting down the whole sexist show with three simple little letters…
Bam. Boom. And last but not least, Byeeee.
Russian Cosmonaut Elena Serova has her own question for sexist reporters.
You’d think after being the first female Russian cosmonaut to be on the International Space Station, a woman could get a little respect in this world… but no.
This reporter proved that there is no amount of success that can spare a woman questions about her hairstyle.
What do you think you’ll worry about in your everyday life on the station, such as your hair? How will you do your hair?
But Elena Serova wasn’t answering that question. Nope. She would be asking the questions from there on out.
I have a question for you. Why don’t you ask about Alexander’s hair?
It’s a great question, Elena Serova.
We’re so glad you asked. Find out Jennifer Garner’s question to the media on the next page!
Jennifer Garner responded to a commonly asked sexist question from the media by throwing a not-so-commonly asked question right back their way.
At a Women in Hollywood event, Jennifer Garner exposes how a common question by the media is perpetuating a double standard for working women everywhere.
When it comes to being asked about how she manages to balance her career and home life, Garner wanted to know why no one seems to be asking the same question to her husband, Ben Affleck.
As for work-balance, [Ben] said no one asked him about it that day. As a matter of fact, no one had ever asked him about it. And we do share the same family. Isn’t it time to kinda change that conversation?
You’re damn right it is, Jennifer.
And we’re pretty sure you’re doing exactly that.
Keira Knightley proves that Jennifer Garner isn’t the only female celebrity that’s constantly being asked this silly, sexist question.
A reporter asked Keira Knightley this same seemingly harmless question. Yet, when something is one-sided, it is, by definition, unequal.
Therefore, the issue lies not in the question itself, but rather, with who it’s being asked to and why.
How do you balance your career and having a personal life?
But Knightley had a better question.
Um, are you going to ask all of the men that tonight?
I think we all know the answer to Keira’s question. However, it’s really not the answer that matters; it’s the question that’s breaking ground.
When Mayim Bialik schooled this reporter in calculus AND feminism with one single sentence.
When a reporter asked Bialik if people ever mistakenly assume that she can do calculus because of her role on The Big Bang Theory, Mayim sets him straight with one sentence.
I actually was trained in calculus for several years. I’m a neuroscientist.
Turns out, it’s not fans that ask Mayim stupid questions; just reporters.
This sexist question posed by a reporter to Serena Williams really speaks for itself.
I have been waiting about 14 years to ask you this question.
After the 2004 Wimbledon match with Maria, I had the opportunity to interview Donald Trump on his L.A. golf course, and he said that Maria’s shoulders were incredibly alluring and then he came up with his incredible analysis: that you were intimidated by her supermodel good looks.
My question is: Have you ever been intimidated by anyone on a tennis court, and what are your thoughts about that occurrence?
So he has been waiting 14 years to sound like a jack ass?
Serena Williams was clearly less than impressed with this sexist question and was not about to give this douche one ounce of her emotional energy, as you can see in her response.
I honestly don’t have any thoughts about that. I can’t say I have been intimated by anyone. That’s all. That’s it.
Emma Stone’s sarcastic response to this reporter’s ‘compliment’ claps back at the media’s objectification of women.
At an interview for Birdman, an anonymous reporter shouts out to Emma Stone, “You look beautiful, as always,” as Stone approaches the microphone.
At first, you may think, “So what? It’s a compliment. Stop overanalyzing everything!” Am I right?
But Emma’s simple yet witty response to this compliment reveals several levels of sexist undertones.
Oh, thank you. That’s all that matters.
Stone managed to be funny all while pointing out the misguided priorities that society assigns to women.
Let’s clear something up. Emma Stone is a professional actress. She is there to discuss her art, not her appearance. She doesn’t need you to validate her physical appearance. Compliment her work. Compliment her film.
And leave her looks out of it.
And if you still think that this type of comment isn’t perpetuating a double-standard, try to imagine any reporter (we’re not talking about a 13-year-old fan, but a professional reporter) shouting, “You look so handsome, as always,” to any of Stone’s male co-stars, or to any male actor, for that matter.
It would come off pretty creepy, wouldn’t it?
That’s because it is.
And that’s why Emma Stone had to shut it down, so she could get back to focusing on things that actually matter to her, like her career.
Check out Elizabeth Moss’ awesome act of protest to E!’s bizarre “mani cam” on the next page!
It’s impossible not to love Elizabeth Moss after seeing her awesome ‘message’ to E!’s ‘Mani Cam’ at the Golden Globes.
This is too good. Too, too good.
You can almost sense the impulsivity with which she flips off the stupid “mani cam.”
Like she just could not help herself. These are instincts that women must listen to. Sorry, not sorry. F*#% that.
Moments later, both Julianne Moore and Jennifer Aniston expressed similar sentiments when they both said no way to the “mani cam.”
Maisie Williams fires back at the media by rewriting a sexist headline.
By rewriting this sexist tweet, Maisie Williams glaringly points out the media’s blatant objectification of women.
Braless. Sheer. Lace. Quirky.
Seriously? How about philanthropic, altruistic, charitable?
Since the media refuses to portray women in a meaningful and valuable way, Maisie Williams is determined to rewrite history herself.
When Megan Fox totally shut down this reporter for this silly, simple-minded question.
No one has ever made anyone look dumber than Megan Fox makes this reporter look when he asks her whether she feels that it’s “time to see more superhero films with more superheroines with female leads.
Do you think that I would answer anything but yes to that question?
Her reply may be obvious but therein lies the point. Stop asking women stupid questions.
Helen Mirren’s rebellious answer to this sexist question truly set the stage for future female celebs.
While many female celebrities are just beginning to speak out against sexism in the media, Helen Mirren has been fighting the good fight since back in the day.
In 1975, Parkinson’s dared to ask Helen Mirren about “her equipment” and how she feels that it affects her being taken seriously as an actor.
But Mirren was never going to let this blatant level of misogyny slide. Instead of answering his question, she flipped this sexist script right back at him.
I’d like you to explain what you mean by my equipment. In great detail… You mean my fingers? …. Because serious actresses can’t have big bosoms. Is that what you mean?
Yes, Helen, thanks to your epic clap back, we all know that’s exactly what he meant.
Tom Hardy may not be a female celeb but his response to a shockingly sexist question from a reporter deserves some serious clapback credit.
This reporter sure spewed a mouthful of sexism when he asked Tom Hardy this mindboggling question about Hardy’s film, Mad Max: Fury Road.
As you were reading the script, did you ever think, ‘Why are all these women in here? I thought this was supposed to be a man’s movie?
To which Tom Hardy responded:
No. Not for one minute.
Tom Hardy shows us just how simple shutting down sexism can truly be, regardless of whether you’re a man or a woman.
Serious props to all these female celebrities- and men, too, who stood up to sexism when they saw it.
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