A Twitter Campaign Is Demanding Reporters Ask Women More Than “Who Are You Wearing?”

“Bradley Cooper gets asked about the community of actors, Lupita gets asked about her dress.”

1. Whether it’s the Golden Globes, Oscars, or BAFTAs, women on the red carpet are rarely asked anything other than “Who are you wearing?” and “How did you get into shape?”

2. Tired of reporters on the red carpet devaluing the accomplishments women have made in the entertainment industry, people are campaigning on Twitter to demand that they #AskHerMore questions of value.

Mike Blake / Reuters

3. The Twitter hashtag campaign was started by The Representation Project last February in an effort to change the conversation about women in Hollywood at award shows.

The campaigners using the #AskHerMore hashtag have one demand: Instead of asking women on the red carpet questions that focus only on their appearance, fashion choice, or diets, ask them serious questions that acknowledge their accomplishments and talent.

4. In order to do this, Twitter users are tweeting the sort of questions they’d like to hear stars answer on the red carpet:

This is apparently how you interview people at the #Brownlow #askhermore

— chaz hutton ⚔ (@chazhutton)

Bradley Cooper gets asked about the community of actors, Lupita gets asked about her dress #AskHerMore

— Rachel Moore (@FakeRachelMoore)

8. Upworthy recently made a video compilation of questions women have been asked on the red carpet and how some celebrities responded:

9. Being asked sexist questions is not the only problem women in the entertainment industry face.

Women are still being underrepresented in much of the mainstream media. A Women’s Media Center report released last year that focused on US media found that women only represented 28.8% of speaking characters in the top-grossing films in 2012.

It found also that in the production of the 250 top-grossing US-made films of 2013, women accounted for 16% of all directors, executive producers, producers, writers, cinematographers, and editors.

Yesterday’s 2015 Oscar nominations were made up of mostly white men, with women and people of colour being overlooked yet again for their achievements.

10. But at least we can rely on Elisabeth Moss to sum up women’s feelings about what they face on the red carpet.

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Rossalyn Warren is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
Contact Rossalyn Warren at rossalyn.warren@buzzfeed.com.
 
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