by Christine Urio
Like any award show, the red carpet at the Oscars was full of successful celebrities, flashing cameras, and the same, tired, mundane questions.
The most notable of these is the ever popular, “Who are you wearing tonight?” which is always directed towards female celebrities, and, like the wage gap or catcalls, is oddly enough evaded by men.
As if the patriarchy didn’t already control every aspect of our daily lives, it subtly slips in like arthritis and destroys the remnants of the functioning faculties we have left.
In an effort to dismantle this powerful construct, #AskHerMore was trending on Twitter, in hopes of prompting reporters to ask female celebrities more important questions rather than what they are wearing.
The campaign was started last February by The Representation Project in order to change the conversation surrounding women during award shows.
“Bradley Cooper gets asked about the community of actors, Lupita gets asked about her dress,” noted a Buzzfeed article.
While this is blatantly unfair and sexist, it parlays into women getting asked things ranging from their fashion and appearance to their diet, such as, “How did you get into shape?” and can even go as far as to, “What type of undergarments did you need to wear?”
Like everywhere else, it’s no surprise women are also treated unequally on the red carpet, getting head-to-toe panoramas of their outfit and being asked these dim questions that devalue their accomplishments which go unacknowledged.
It was embarrassing that reporters were having trouble coming up with creative questions of their own, and needed to take suggestions from the Twitter community, such as “Who inspires you?” “What else would you like to achieve in your career?” “What’s your favorite book?” and “What did your character teach you?”
Ask Better Questions — Red Carpet Supercut (Video courtesy of Upworthy)
These female celebrities are people too, and like their male counterparts, have accomplished much in their career and simply asking what they are wearing undermines their success and ultimately objectifies them, reducing them to nothing more than a dress.
These women have large aspirations they wish to share with the world, but like many other opportunities, this is snatched from them as well.
Some, like Julianne Moore, who was nominated for best actress, took advantage of the #AskHerMore opportunity to address imperative issues such as Alzheimer’s disease.