Oscar Night: When female stars spend a fortune on silly-looking designer evening gowns–and then scream "Sexism!" when you ask them about those silly-looking designer evening gowns they spent a fortune on.
This all started a couple of years ago, when media feministas made an issue out of journalists' asking the lady stars "Who are you wearing?" instead of serious questions about the lady stars' pet social-justice issues. Because what readers really want to read about are lady stars' pet social-justice issues:
Should "Who are you wearing?" be banned as a staple Oscars question? This year's award season has been marked by a growing conversation about whether reporters are asking women the right kind of questions on the red carpet and a hashtag offering solutions with #AskHerMore.
The #AskHerMore campaign started in February 2014, created by the Representation Project, and gained popularity at the Emmys last year. Viewers expressed frustration at what they perceived as sexism in the questions asked, and journalists also weighed in pointing out that women were asked about fashion and baby bumps while men chatted about their childhood roles and fellow nominees.
But this year Academy Awards host Chris Rock had the temerity to make an un-PC joke about #AskHerMore:
There’s this whole thing, “Ask her more. You have to ask her more.” You know it’s like, You ask the men more.
Everything’s not sexism, everything’s not racism.
They ask the men more because the men are all wearing the same outfits, O.K.? Every guy in there is wearing the exact same thing.
You know, if George Clooney showed up with a lime green tux on, and a swan coming out his ass, somebody would go, “What you wearing, George?”
But some things aren't funny, and we're not supposed to laugh! Martha Sorren at Bustle lectured:
So, no, not everything is sexism, but ONLY asking women about their clothes while asking men about their opinions is sexism. And, that's what #AskHerMore is trying to fix. Poking fun at it is unnecessary, and, honestly, damaging to the movement. Rock made a lot of good points in his monologue, but, unfortunately, this wasn't one of them.
Sorren quoted this statement from the Representation Project:
Chris Rock touched on important subjects in his monologue, including #OscarsSoWhite and #AskHerMore. Jokes aside, sexism is a very real issue issue in Hollywood. In an industry where only one-third of speaking characters in films from 2014-2015 were female and only 28.3 percent of speaking characters were from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, we have a lot of work to do. Representation on-screen needs to match our population before we can dismiss #AskHerMore as silly fodder. Surely at the Academy Awards, we can talk about women in ways that celebrate their artistic achievements and do not reduce them solely to their looks, beauty, and sexuality. #AskHerMore suggests that reporters can ask about the dress, but also that a woman is more than what she wears.
So stifle that chuckle–it's "damaging to the movement"!
My own feelings about Oscar-night gowns consists of wishing for the old days of the tyrannical Hollywood moguls, when the studios dictated to the stars every stitch they wore so as to keep them looking glamorous and not showing off too much bare flesh. Now, the stars get to indulge their own tastes at the Academy Awards, and the less said about that, the better.