Most of us working stiffs look at celebrities lives and wish we had some aspect of their status and/or money. I have day dreamed about having some of their glamorous possessions; fancy vacations, clothes and professional makeup artists they employ that make them look flawless. As nice as it would be to have some of these things, I am often reminded how shitty it would be to have their life. Celebrities trade their private life in for their career, opening themselves up to objectification and being asked any and all personal questions reporters can think of. Both male and female actors are subject to intense, and unfair, scrutiny. Though there are a crap ton of examples of this happening, I have compiled some of the best responses to these asshole reporters and their dumb ass, sexist, questions.
- Joss Whedon
Whedon has gone on record saying that in one conference news cycle- he was asked this question 48 times.
2. Cate Blanchett
In what is now arguably one of the most viral moments in award show history, Blanchett interrupted an interview to point out the ridiculousness of cameras panning up and down her body as she talked about her work. “Do you do that to the guys?” she asks the cameraman. The answer, if you’re wondering, is a big fat “no.”
3. Scarlett Johansson Do you really have to ask if questioning her about her underwear is inappropriate?
4. Rashida Jones
After receiving unsolicited compliments about her “tropical tan” at the 2015 SAG Awards, Jones retorted with: “I mean, you know, I’m ethnic.” –Mic drop. (The look on her face is priceless!)
5. Jennifer Lawrence
When Jennifer Lawrence had to shut down a reporter who asked about her weight, rather than the performance they were there to discuss.
6. Mayim Bialik
Reporters really should do their homework before asking condescending questions.
7. Jennifer Garner
Although now not together any longer, Garner and Ben Affleck have the same job and went to the same press junket when they were still married, they were asked different questions. While Garner was asked to explain how she would handle kids and a career, Affleck was mostly asked his thoughts about his Gone Girl co-star’s boobs. During a speech at a Women in Hollywood event, she explained just how poignant the double standard in media can be.
8. Tom Hardy
The look on Tom Hardy’s face makes this gif perfect!
9. Melissa McCarthy
This was a really fantastic interview that Melissa McCarthy had on Ellen where she discussed her interaction with a reporter who wrote a horrifically superficial review of her movie. She was given the opportunity to respond to his criticism and the result was EPIC!
10. Alice Eve
The above Gif was Alice Eve’s response when asked, “Aren’t you a little too beautiful to be a science officer?” Since when do smart people have to be ugly?
11. Anne Hathaway
The Oscar-winning actress is no stranger to idiotic questions from reporters. After being pushed repeatedly to divulge her eating and exercise habits while filming The Dark Knight Rises, as opposed to anything else about her part in the movie, she threw the awkward spotlight back on the Extra‘s Jerry Penacoli and asked him why he showed so much interest in her diet.
12. Elisabeth Moss
First introduced in 2012, the mani-cam was designed to reduce world-renowned actresses to their nail art. Although it had a good run, women are done pretending it has any relevance at all. Actresses like Jennifer Lawrence have used it to make pranks, but our all-star give-no-fucks mani-cam disrupter goes to Moss, who gave it the finger. Other women like Julianne Moore, Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston simply protested the mani-cam the old fashioned way: by refusing to use it. “No. I’m not doing that,” Moore said at the Guild Awards.
13. Emily Blunt
Emily Blunt was asked how she felt about the banning of flat shoes for women at the prestigious Cannes film festival.
14. Charlize Theron
Apparently women don’t know how to channel rage? What a stupid question. The interviewer must be single.
15. Mindy Kaling
The actress, producer and overall amazing human has given great responses to many terrible questions over the years — such as being asked what kind of race she prefers when it comes to guys — but one of the questions she hates the most is about her confidence. In the September 2014 issue of Parade Magazine, she explained why it is that she’s uncomfortable with the premise that she shouldn’t be confident to begin with.
16. Emma Watson
This, by far, is one of my favorite responses. The only way to make change, is to be the change. — Also, good career advice from Emma Watson, engineers make bank!