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The 14 Best Tweets From the #AskHerMore Hashtag, Which Calls Out Sexism On The Red Carpet

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Do you ever notice how the red carpet interviews with celebrity women always end up being mostly about fashion or makeup or their kids or how they stay in shape, and very little about the reason they’re on the red carpet in the first place? That reason being that they very likely are nominated for a prestigious award for their talent? Meanwhile, male celebrities get to gloss over the “Who are you wearing?” questions (since oh, they probably don’t know anyway) and actually talk about their careers and accomplishments. I like see what celebs are wearing too, but when there’s that much of a gender imbalance, and asking women about their work is that rare, something’s wrong.

Well, now there’s a Twitter hashtag for people at home to speak out against just that kind of red carpet sexism. The #AskHerMore campaign was launched by The Representation Project, which seeks to call out “injustices created by gender stereotypes.” It encourages people to suggest better questions for interviewers — cough, Giuliana Rancic, cough — to ask Hollywood actresses besides “How do you stay so beautiful?” and the like. After using it for the Oscars earlier this year, they brought the hashtag up again last night for the Emmys, and there were plenty of great responses. Here are some of our favorites.

It’s like they asked a 1950s ad man what women want to talk about: “Dresses and husbands, of course!”

Excellent question. BUT DON’T YOU WANT TO KNOW HOW SHE CHOSE HER CLUTCH?!

In case you didn’t notice from my extremely sly dig earlier, a lot of the problematic interviews come from Giuliana Rancic.

ZING!

Perhaps Giuliana thought she should take on a 1960s attitude to make Christina feel more comfortable. Since she’s on Mad Men and everything?

But is the charity about manicures?

Amen, sister friend!

The number of questions I would want to ask Amy Poehler is infinite. And how she does her hair or nails is pretty low on that list.

Maybe one day we’ll live in a world where that crawl contains the designer, and the interview contains the accomplishments.

Duh. He’s a man.

And then there’s always the classic follow-up, “How do you balance working and being a mom?”

Also who did Joe Biden wear? How did he choose his clutch?

See the problem here?

I would love to hear the answer to that question. Still waiting.

You can reach this post's author, Jill O’Rourke, on twitter.
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  • Alana Vincenza

    I had NO IDEA this was a hashtag! I would’ve used the crap out of this while I was live-tweeting. Next time, for sure.

  • A_Nicole

    so good. I remember when ScarJo said the same thing during the Avengers promo (or something Marvel) about how the guys get asked all these hard questions and she gets fluff. Same with Mayim Bailik who calmly stated she had a doctorate in neuroscience and basically embarrassed a reporter. Good for the twitterverse and other actresses for calling out the stupidity.

  • http://overthecuckoonest.blogspot.com/ Wicked Prophet Kay Sue

    For real though. I want to know how Joe Biden chooses his clutch.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Haahahaha!