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20 Times Men In Media Put Famous Women In Horribly Uncomfortable Situations

"Beyoncé is stunning, but that doesn't mean she wouldn't use any trick in the book to look better — any woman would!" —Piers Morgan

We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us when famous women were mistreated by men in media. Here are the eye-opening results.

Warning: Some submissions include topics of sexual assault and verbal abuse.

Note: Not all submissions were made by Community users.

1. When Matt Lauer asked Anne Hathaway an inappropriate question about a revealing paparazzi picture of her, and victim-blamed Hathaway by saying, "What's the lesson learned from something like that?"

Matt Lauer commenting on Anne Hathaway's paparazzi picture while she's visibly uncomfortable and trying to talk about her movie, "Les Misérables"

"Matt Lauer shaming Anne Hathaway and trying to pass blame onto her when the paparazzi took upskirt pictures of her. He actually tried to make it out like she did something wrong 🙄."


2. When Jeremy Renner made a cringeworthy (and unrehearsed) joke about Jennifer Lopez's breasts while they were presenting a Golden Globe award in 2015.

Jeremy Renner telling Jennifer Lopez, "You got the globes, too"

"I know it will sound like it wasn't a big deal at all, but I personally felt very uncomfortable a few years ago during the Golden Globes when Jennifer Lopez and Jeremy Renner presented an award, and Renner made a joke about her breasts. It was disgusting."


3. When David Letterman interrupted his interview with Catherine Zeta-Jones in 2007 to touch her hair without her consent, making her visibly uncomfortable.


4. And when Letterman wouldn't stop commenting on Tina Turner's scent when she visited the show in the mid-1990s and even made a joke about it to lure people to see her concerts.

Letterman telling Tina Turner she smells great and that "Nothing is more gratifying to me as a host when a guest smells great"

"Rewatching old interviews from The Late Show with David Letterman is a jarring experience. There are a bunch of roundups on YouTube titled "David Letterman — Flirting," but in reality, he wasn't flirting: He was constantly harassing his female guests and putting them in compromising positions. He always used to tell his female guests that they 'smelled good,' like Tina Turner, Janet Jackson, and Beyoncé, and it's incredibly vile to watch now."


5. When Bruce Rosenblum (CEO and chairman of the Television Academy) made Sofía Vergara stand on a revolving pedestal like a trophy while he gave a cringeworthy speech about diversity in television.

Rosenblum saying, "Our academy is more diverse than ever before, both in front of and behind the camera," while Sofia Vergara spins around on the pedestal

6. When Adrien Brody kissed Halle Berry without her consent when he ran onstage to accept his Oscar in 2003.

Andy Cohen asking Halle Berry how the kiss was, and she responded by saying, "I don't know, I was too focused on 'What the f*ck is going on?!'"
ABC / Bravo TV

7. When Piers Morgan criticized a picture Jesy Nelson uploaded on her Instagram in the most disgusting way, calling it "one of those grim pictures you get on those weird, adult dating sites — the really cheap ones."

Piers Morgan's commentary on Jesy Nelson's Instagram picture: "How could anybody look at that picture and think it's a classy picture? I'm serious"

"Jesy Nelson from Little Mix. The media has portrayed her as someone who is only obsessed with her image, but that's just not the case. People have bashed her in, causing her severe anxiety — especially Piers Morgan."


8. And when Morgan wrote notoriously misogynistic articles for the Daily Mail about famous women like Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé, and Jennifer Aniston, critiquing their appearance and their feminism.

Headlines from Morgan's "Daily Mail" articles: "J-Lo and Shakira's semi-naked, pole-writhing, crotch-grabbing halftime show was outrageously hot and sexy - but had nothing to do with feminist empowerment"
HGL / Kevin Winter / Getty Images / Daily Mail / Via

"Piers Morgan every time he opens his fucking mouth."


9. When CeeLo Green revealed his distaste for the "WAP" music video by Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion, claiming that it was too sexual and by expressing themselves this way, they're "asking" to be abused by the public.

Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion in the "WAP" music video, with text from CeeLo's Far Out interview: "Attention is a drug and competition is around. Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion, they are doing similar salacious gesturing to kinda get into position"
Atlantic / Far Out Magazine / Via

"When irrelevant men in the media like Russell Brand and CeeLo Green criticized Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B's song 'WAP' for being too sexual. There is no reason why men should be telling grown women not to explore their sexuality. I'm also pretty sure CeeLo Green's most popular song is called 'Fuck You,' so..."


10. When Seth MacFarlane hosted the Oscars in 2013 and performed an incredibly crude song about female actors' boobs in movies, from Meryl Streep to Halle Berry to Charlize Theron.


"Seth MacFarlane's gross song about seeing female actors' boobs at the Oscars instantly springs to mind. It was awful."


11. In 2012, when Howard Stern insulted Rihanna for refusing to answer a question about her personal life during a press conference, stating that she's "lucky someone's [even] at your press conference, you fuck."

Kevin Mazur / Ferdaus Shamim / Getty Images / The Howard Stern Show / Via

I've never been a fan of Howard Stern's show because he has a history of mistreating his female guests and crossing boundaries that make them feel betrayed. This short clip of Stern talking about his dislike for Rihanna is really hard to listen to, but I think everyone should at some point. His language is offensive and suggests that just because a woman is famous and in the public eye, it allows the media to ask her literally anything they want to.

12. When Jay Leno took a jab at Marcia Clark's hairdo on The Tonight Show, joining in on the toxic male behavior directed toward Clark's beauty and appearance in the 1990s.

POOL / Getty Images / NBC

"Marcia Clark, hands down. I wasn't alive for the O.J. Simpson trial, but after watching The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, I talked to my mom about it. Her immediate response was, 'Oh, and poor Marcia was always ridiculed.'"


13. When Kanye West purchased the picture of Whitney Houston's bathroom covered with drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes to use for Pusha T's album cover Daytona.

Michael Buckner / Roy Rochlin / Getty Images / GOOD Music / Def Jam

The image was originally published in the National Enquirer in 2006, but West purchased it in 2018 for $85,000.

14. When the majority of the male actors from the Marvel Cinematic Universe didn't defend Tessa Thompson, Zendaya, and Brie Larson when they received death threats and suffered abuse as women in the MCU, but they were quick to stand up for Chris Pratt over a "Which [Famous] Chris Is Better?" poll.

brie larson: *gets death threats for being a woman* mcu cast: 😐 zendaya: *gets death threats for playing an originally white character* mcu cast: 😐 chris pratt: *loses poll* mcu cast: i know chris personally he’s an amazing man 💔💔💔😭

@sxlineas / Via Twitter: @sxlineas

15. When David Letterman repeatedly asked Madonna to kiss a random stranger in the audience, and every time she said no, he continued to annoy her about it.


"One name: Madonna. She has been taking shit from the media all of her career — she acts unapologetically, but that doesn't excuse the press. Prince, Bowie, and other famous men did things just as controversial as her, but they didn't get that type of treatment by men in media. Also every year, she has to defend her right to be called the Queen of Pop. It's like older women are disposable because young women have arrived in the industry. It's a toxic media cycle."


16. When a 14-year-old Venus Williams was questioned by a male journalist as to why she had so much confidence and her father stepped in to call out his ridiculous behavior toward young women.

@MusingsHistory That reminds me of the interview with Venus Williams where her dad shut the interviewer DOWN

@Quarrdent / Via Twitter: @Quarrdent

17. When Jessica Biel was written off of 7th Heaven by Aaron Spelling because she posed topless for a magazine cover and he didn't approve of it.

An image of Jessica Biel and Aaron Spelling with text from Biel's interview with E: "I had to apologize to Aaron Spelling. I think my entire crew and cast were shocked"
Kevin Winter / Getty Images / E / Via

"Jessica Biel is a prime example. Aaron Spelling (7th Heaven's executive producer) and Stephen Collins (Eric Camden on 7th Heaven) crucified her after she posed for a topless magazine cover for Gear. She was written off the show and her career suffered greatly."


18. When Isaac Mizrahi groped Scarlett Johansson's breast on the red carpet at the 2006 Golden Globe Awards.


"Isaac Mizrahi groped Scarlett Johansson at the Golden Globes in 2006, and did he ever apologize? I feel like people just brushed it off because he’s a gay man, but still."


19. When Jason Bateman defended Jeffrey Tambor in a New York Times interview after Jessica Walter revealed Tambor verbally abused her while filming Arrested Development.

BuzzFeed News / Netflix / Courtesy of Everett Collection / Via

"That awful interview with the cast of Arrested Development wherein Jessica Walter (Lucille Bluth) literally breaks down crying as she describes how Jeffrey Tambor verbally abused her on set and how she’s never experienced anything like it before. Jason Bateman basically argues that she’s overreacting because it’s an actor thing and 'part of the process' and she should’ve 'learned and understood' that. I’ve never forgiven him for his comments then, especially when he pretty much threw her under the bus before adding, 'I consider him one of my favorite, most valued people in my life.' Oh, and this all was after he said he was sticking by Tambor amid the sexual misconduct allegations that had been leveled against him because he (Bateman) has 'no reason' not to. Yuck."


20. And when a male reporter was supremely ignorant toward Helen Mirren in a 1975 interview, questioning how she can be taken seriously as an actor if she had "large breasts."

Helen Mirren responding to the male reporter's inappropriate comment about her breasts, saying: "I would hope the performance and the relationship between the people on stage and in the audience overcome such boring questions"

"Men in media always ask men about the depths and complexities of their characters in their movies, while women get asked: 'Can you wear panties under that suit?' 'Who made your dress?' and 'What was your diet during filming?' Helen Mirren was once asked in the 1970s how she could be a serious actor if she had such large breasts."


Submissions have been edited for length and clarity.