'Do You Ask Guy's That Question?': Female Celebrities Who Have Shut Down Sexism In Amazing Ways
Ahh, welcome to the regular scheduled programming...another article about how awesome women are.
But not only that, here we'll explore celebrity super women who not only face sexism on a global platform but shut it down in an even bigger way.
The following as a list of graceful yet in control women answering the worst questions with the best responses possible or just shut stuff down in general.
During the Spider-Man promotional press run, Teen Vogue interviewed Emma Stone and her on-and-off screen boyfriend Andrew Garfield.
Stone was asked a question about her new blonde hair at the time while Garfield was asked a question actually related to the film. Garfield asked why he wasn't asked about his hair whereby Stone responded, "You get asked interesting, poignant questions because you are a boy."
The reporter then mentioned it was sexism to which Stone agreed.
Similar to Stone's promo incident, was Scarlett Johansson's for Avengers in the U.K.
Johansson was asked about her dieting routine leading up to her role where she wore a body suit outfit. Her co-star Robert Downey Jr. was asked how he prepared for the maturity of his role.
So, as the woman boss she is, Scarlett countered the interviewer's question with, "How come [he] gets the existential question while I get the rabbit food question?"
The rest is history.
Laverne Cox from the break out role in the Netflix series Orange Is The New Black is no stranger to public scrutiny but this time she shut the queen of trash talking down on her own talk show.
When Wendy Williams asked Cox about her breast augmentation Cox responded:
Off camera, I can talk to you, but I've chosen not to talk about any of the stuff i've gotten done, because I think so often when trans people's experiences are talked about, we far too often focus on surgery and transition, so I don't talk about that.
Mindy Kaling of The Mindy Project can't stand when she is asked about her confidence, as if low-self esteem is what's expected of her.
She shared a response in Parade Magazine to let others know:
I think people are well meaning, but it's pretty insulting. Because what it means to me is "You, Mindy Kaling, have all the trappings of a very marginalized person. You're not skinny, you're not white, you're a woman. Why on earth would you feel like you are worth anything?"
Mindy Kaling, you are everything.
The color and glow of a woman's skin is an incredibly polarizing thing to red carpet hosts.
Rashida Jones was given some unwarranted comments about her "tropical tan" on the red carpet to which she snapped back with, "I mean, you know, I'm ethnic."
What does her tan have to do with anything, anyway?
If you watch award show red carpet coverage then you may be familiar with the "mani-cam", the miniature red carpet designed to showcase nail art.
Although, it seemed like a pretty cool idea and had a run for a while it really didn't serve any purpose other than to further the agenda in minimizing female talent to physical appearance. And well, Elizabeth Moss had had about enough.
So, she flipped the bird at mani-cam...on live television. Take that sexism.
Moss wasn't the first, and probably wouldn't have been the last even though the whole mani-cam isn't really a thing anymore.
Julianne Moore simply opted out of participating in the vanity by dismissing the nail catwalk altogether.
Interviewer: "We've got a mani-cam and I see you've got some diamonds."
Moore: "No, I'm not doing that!"
Hilary Clinton has been a politician for years and thus thoroughly aware of how to spot and curve any ridiculous question from a mile away.
Even though, Clinton was very vocal in discussing barriers young women face as a result of people being unrealistically critical of the way women look, an out-of-touch reporter still managed to ask which designer she prefers.
Clinton's response, "Would you ever ask a man that question?"
Nope. Of course not.
During an incredibly cringe-worthy red carpet segment Cate Blanchett made it a point to ask the cameraman a very thought-provoking question.
"Do you do that to the guys?"
By, 'that' she meant pan the camera up and down their bodies as if they were some type of spectacle for female gaze - you know, like women are a spectacle to men.
Completely awkward for the camera crew but a wake up call to the industry.
Way to go Blanchett, women everywhere commend you.
When Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck were together they were often asked different questions during interviews even though they are in the same profession.
Garner was asked how she balanced her career with children, and Affleck was asked about about the films. In a speech during a Women In Hollywood event, Garner addressed the double standard in the media.
Every single person who interviewed me, I mean every single one, and this is true of red carpet here tonight Elle, asked me, "How do you balance work and family?"
As for work life 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?
When The Dark Knight Rises was premiering, Anne Hathaway was forced to throw a curve ball and preject all that awkwardness back on the interviewer when asked about her body.
Extra's Jerry Penacoli seemed to show particular interest in her diet.
Penacoli: Is there a certain regimen you put yourself through?
Hathaway: Are you trying to lose weight?
During another promotional interview for the film Les Misrables, Hathaway was downright asked about a photo of her vagina and still managed to remain graceful and keep the situation under control.
I'm sorry that we live in a culture that commodifies sexuality among unwilling participants, which brings me back to Les Mis."
The 'women must be pleasant and constantly smiling' narrative is still prominent even today. It's a way to control the way women behave and how desirable they seem to the public.
Arguably the greatest athlete in the world, Serena William's had to frankly address a male interviewer who asked her why she wasn't smiling after wining a U.S open match.
To be perfectly honest with you, I don't want to be here. I just want to be in bed right now and I have to wake up early to practice. And I don't want to answer any of these questions, and you guys keep asking me the same questions.
We love you, Serena. Thank you.
Like Serena, Rowan Blanchard addressed her Instagram follows when they keep telling her to smile on her pictures.
The Girl-Meets-World Star responded, "I post on my Instagram what I like ... [and] if I want to smile I will."
Ariana Grande called out a radio station for their sexist question, which again reduced a female artists' talent to the way she looks.
When asked what she would choose if she could only have one item - her cell phone or make-up, she replied:
Is this what you think girls have trouble choosing between? Is this men assuming that that's what girls would have to choose between? You need a little brushing up on equality, over here.
Shout out to your Ariana!
Rap mogul and superstar Nicki Minaj had to let a New York Times reporter know not to get too personal and assume that all women were petty.
She was asked on her thoughts between her then rapper boyfriend Meek Mill and label mate Drake.
Interviewer: Is there a part of you that thrives on drama, or is it no, just pain and unpleasantness?"
Minaj: That's disrespectful. Why would a grown woman thrive off of drama?
When an interviewer told Amy Schumer that a character she was playing was 'skanky' she let the interviewer know that was a rude question.
The dynamics of the interview then took a turn as the taken aback interviewer continued to past judgement, Schumer just simply and promptly shuts him down with the term "No."
Senator Claire McCaskill let men know what a number of women have wanted to say for a long long time on a Late Show With Stephen Colbert interview.
Men should feel free to just shut the hell up. It's not that women don't value your thoughts, it's just that we don't value all of them. The world doesn't need your opinion on everything. For example, what women do with their bodies. Hush.
When Jennifer Lawrence found out she was being paid less than her male co-stars, she eloquently addressed it in an essay she shared online.
In the response, Lawrence spoke to the reason she believes so many women who work in media and else where don't speak up for what they deserve.
I didn't want to seem 'difficult' or 'spoiled.' At the time, that seemed like a fine idea, until I saw the payroll on the Internet and realized every man I was working with definitely didn't worry about being difficult or spoiled. I'm over trying to find the 'adorable' way to state my opinion and still be likeable!
Sports commentator Katie Nolan spoke on then NFL's failure to address domestic violence, specifically in player Greg Hardy's case.
She openly questioned why reporters and players are able to easily deflect real questions and say sexist comments.
Greg Hardy had to pretend to respect women for 12 minutes... and he couldn't even do that. Expecting a garbage human, who has been punished for being garbage, to come back from his suspension and not immediately resume being garbage is asking the bare minimum.
Zendaya is known for calling it like she sees it, and the following case is no different. She called out a publication for extreme photoshopping and retouching her images without her permission.
She unapologetically exposed the real image side-by-side with the retouched image on her Instagram.
These are the things that make women self conscious, that create the unrealistic ideals of beauty that we have. Anyone who knows who I am knows I stand for honest and pure self love.
Comedian Cameron Esposito shared her thoughts on the case of the federal funding of Planned Parenthood.
She called the idea of leaving women to fend for themselves without essential reproductive healthcare was ludicrous, "Women deserve access to abortion services. We do because were not incubators."
Whoops. That snip was just a hair too far....
Your first bad haircut probably made you want to die a little when you looked in the mirror. Imagine how the person cutting your hair must have felt. Although, maybe they didn't care at all, as evidenced by the bs excuse they gave you when you finished in the barber chair.