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Could you imagine how a male celebrity would respond if he were asked about his last orgasm during a live interview? Or if a reporter insisted on finding out who they were dating at the moment? It's almost impossible to imagine, isn't it? Because for years we've seen the guys get the most meaningful and thought-provoking questions. Meanwhile, the ladies are always stuck with sexist interview questions that focus on fashion choices, their diets, or their dating lives. These ridiculous and invasive questions have been the norm for quite a while, but thankfully, that's changing because of The Representation Project's #AskHerMore campaign.
The aim of the movement is to combat sexist reporting by encouraging more questions that focus on women's achievements, rather than their love lives, makeup, or outfit preferences. Thankfully, we've already seen a bit of progress on Hollywood's red carpets. However, there's still a long way to go, as old habits die hard. Here are some of the most insane sexist interview questions that female celebrities have had to deal with.
Variations of this question have been asked countless times, and the receiver is always a woman. Perhaps one of the most memorable examples was when a reporter posed this same question to Keira Knightley at the Hollywood Film Awards. In response, she fired back with a question of her own: "Are you gonna ask all the men that tonight?" After cheers from the crowd, she gave a simple shrug and responded that, just like everybody else, "you have your work that you love and then you make sure that you have time for your life and the people who are important to you." Well said!
Rowan Blanchard was asked this question when she was just 13-years-old, but she handled it like a boss by pointing out how inappropriate it was. She said: "Try and reverse that. 'Do you have any dieting tips for other teenage boys?' I mean, come on. I don't diet! I'm 13! Nobody my age should be dieting or trying to change themselves because society says so. And seriously, I'm 13! The only 'dieting tip' I have is, like, 'if you don't order fries, you'll probably be mad.'" It's not every day that you get to see a brilliant teenager school an adult on body image and sexism, so this was especially satisfying.
When Rihanna did her Rogue Man fragrance launch, she was asked if she'd want her guy to smell like the fragrance. She expressed that she absolutely would and joked that, due to being single, she'd have to resort to wearing the fragrance herself. It was then that the reporter asked what she was looking for in a guy - as if her singleness automatically meant that she was actively searching. The singer, however, revealed that this reporter got it all wrong. With some sass, she said: "I'm not looking for a man, let's start there." You tell 'em, Riri!
Poor Rihanna has had to deal with way too many sexist interview questions and some of those involved having to address ridiculous rumors. After she got this question during the Battleship press conference in London, she shook her head and said: "Wow, how disappointing was that question." Considering how it had nothing to do with her new film, Rihanna was more than happy to move on to the next one. But before doing so she quickly added: "I'm happy and I'm single, if that's what you were really asking."
We still can't believe that a radio host actually had the gall to ask Hayley Williams about something as personal as her last orgasm. Certain celebrities would've walked off or even given the guy a piece of their mind (and for good reason), but even though Hayley was clearly shocked by the question, she kept her cool and said: "We don't talk about that on the radio." The French radio host, however, had no shame and explained between giggles that "in France, it's allowed." Hayley awkwardly looked over at her bandmates in silence as one of them commented "that's not cool..." We couldn't agree more.
After being reminded about how great she still looks in a bikini, Halle Berry was asked this question by a reporter from E! News. We know for a fact that she's gotten questions like this over a million times, but even to this day, she handles them with such grace. She explained: "As I'm aging, I want to be a beacon for aging gracefully and accepting every stage of life that you're at, but then working hard to keep together what you got because this is all we have."
An E! News correspondent asked Mindy Kaling this question while she was on the Oscars red carpet. Without missing a beat, she said her type is "good looking." The interviewer, who clearly wasn't satisfied with this answer, continued: "Okay, so any color?" to which Mindy replied "yeah," with a laugh. We imagine that if she could say what she was really thinking, it would be something along the lines of "is this a joke?" or "am I dreaming right now?"
One interviewer at the SAG awards made the mistake of assuming that Mayim Bialik wasn't smart enough to know calculus like her on-screen character, Amy Farrah Fowler. In reality, though, she's actually great at it. After getting this question, she was visibly taken aback but she explained: "I actually was trained in calculus for several years, I'm a neuroscientist. You may not have known that." Yikes. The interviewer then proceeded to claim that she always knew Mayim was some kind of brilliant scientist ... yeah, right.
Lupita Nyong'o got this question after Mario Lopez teasingly asked her about Miley Cyrus coming between her and Jared Leto. After she laughed it off and said "I don't know how to get away from this," Mario inquired about her love life. Lupita perfectly responded: "I'm not going to tell you." Mario continued to pry and said that he never asked for a name, but again, Lupita laughed it off and repeated that she had no intention of sharing her relationship status. It just goes to show how entitled people feel to know the details of women's personal lives.
Who do you aspire to collaborate with someday? What was your favorite song to record? How do you guys stay so perfectly synchronized when you dance? ANY of these could've been a solid question to ask Fifth Harmony at the height of their fame. But this? This was just downright tacky. Camila gave the best answer when she said: "We feel like, as women, we aren't in the position to be telling other women what to do and what not to do. I feel like that's something we stand for as women." Yesss!!
Alice Eve was asked this question regarding her role as Carol Marcus in Star Trek Into Darkness. We're guessing that this was the interviewer's clever way of giving her a compliment (or perhaps he was trying to flirt), but it still came off as ridiculously offensive and sexist. In response, Alice said: "Um, that's very kind of you, I'm very flattered... but I didn't know that those things were mutually exclusive."
Hillary Clinton received this question at her interview in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Do you know what makes this moment even more intriguing? One moderator posed this question just moments after Hillary pointed out how women have to deal with sexism. She even went as far as saying: "When a man walks into a courtroom it’s rare for someone to say, 'oh, look what he is wearing.'" So, had the moderators listened to a word that she said, they probably would've taken the hint and skipped their next question, but no such thing happened. When they asked about her favorite designer, Hillary asked: "Would you ever ask a man that question?" The audience burst into laughter as the interviewers said: "Probably not." That was exactly Hillary's point!
Words really can't describe how grossly inappropriate this question was. When TV personality Lauren Conrad appeared on Sway in the Morning, she had to choose three questions from a bunch that were already prepared for her, but this last one about her "favorite position" was just way too personal. After reading it out with some hesitation, she thought for a beat and then said with confidence: "CEO." We bet nobody saw that answer coming!
Scarlett Johansson was understandably ticked off after a reporter asked her this creepy question during a press interview for The Avengers. Rather than asking her specifically about her Black Widow role or about the film, this guy was more concerned about how tight her costume was. In disbelief, Scarlett said: "You're like the fifth person that's asked me that." Before the reporter could offer an excuse, she continued: "What is going on? Since when do people start asking each other about their underwear?" Instead of acknowledging his mistake or apologizing, he tried to play innocent and asked her if his question was really that inappropriate ... even though her reaction proved that it clearly was.
The reporter who inquired about ScarJo's undergarments seems to have an unhealthy obsession with female celebrities' bodies because, in a second interview with Anne Hathaway, he obsessed over her diet and workout regimen. When he asked about her "feline fitness regime," Anne gave a pretty straightforward answer, mentioning that it's as simple as watching what you eat and going to the gym.
Apparently, this answer wasn't enough. The reporter refused to budge from the topic until Anne finally turned the tables on him. She said: "Are you trying to lose weight? What’s the deal, man? You look great. No, no, seriously, we have to talk about this… what do you want? Are you trying to fit into a catsuit?" What a perfect response!
The look on Yelena Serova's face when she got asked this question already said it all, but when the Russian Cosmonaut clapped back with a question of her own, it was golden. After the reporter asked about her hair, of all things, she said: "I have a question for you: Why don’t you ask about Alexander’s hair?" Mind you, Yelena was going to make history as the first Russian woman to visit the International Space Station, but apparently, her choices of hairstyle were worth discussing instead...
Perhaps one of the dumbest rumors to ever surface was the claim that Lady Gaga had a penis. Unfortunately for her, she was asked about it on multiple occasions - including when she appeared on a Brisbane morning radio show. When the DJ casually brought up this question, she replied: "My beautiful vagina is very offended. I’m not offended — my vagina is offended." When he took it further by asking her if she was embarrassed about the rumor, Gaga calmly said: "I’ve sold four million records in six months. I’m not embarrassed about anything." *Mic drop*
Andy Cohen thought it would be funny to ask the rapper this question during Plead the Fifth on Watch What Happens Live. While it's usually fascinating to see stars play this game, this moment with Nicki Minaj was just unacceptable. As he giggled and read this question to Nicki, he seemed to miss the fact that this was incredibly offensive and sexist. Still, Nicki calmly responded: "I've never seen anybody's penis in the industry actually. I saw one penis for 10 years and that's all I'll say about that." To make matters even worse, Andy also asked Nicki if she'd sleep with Drake if both she and the rapper were single. Again, she simply said "no." Talk about intrusive ...
What a pointless question to ask an actress who just won an Academy Award. During the 2013 Oscars press conference, one reporter thought it would be fitting to ask Jennifer Lawrence about how she got dressed for the ceremony. She said: "Um, the process today was so stressful, I felt like Steve Martin in Father of the Bride. It was kind of fun but it was mostly chaotic. I don't know, I just woke up and tried on the dress and it fit, thank god. I took a shower, then I got my hair and makeup done, and then I came to the Oscars!" LOL!
As Taylor Swift did her interview with the German television station RTL, she was asked if she planned on settling down and starting a family with her boyfriend, Joe Alwyn. Knowing full well that guys would never get a question like this, she fired back with: "I really doubt men get asked the same question when they turn 30. I’m not going to answer that question." You go, Taylor! We couldn't agree more!
Ariana Grande deserves all the props for keeping her cool after being asked all the sexist interview questions on a regular basis. But this particular one on Power 106FM takes the cake. She responded with: "Is this what you think girls have trouble choosing between?" Then, when the interviewer suggested that she probably can't go anywhere without her cellphone, she shared that she can, in fact, survive without it for several hours. She explained: "I have to do it. When I'm at a dinner table I like to be present and talking, making eye contact." It seemed like he got the hint seeing as he didn't bother to press her about how often she uses makeup.