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    20 Times Celebrities Handled Incredibly Sexist Questions From The Media

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    1. Scarlett Johansson

    Scarlett Johansson and Robert Downey Jr. sit next to each for a panel press conference for "Iron Man 2."
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    Being an accomplished actor and having been through multiple press junkets, Scarlett Johansson, like most women you'll see on this list, has had to deal with unnecessary and sexist questions. I mean, if you're a journalist who has been given the chance to ask a Hollywood star a question, you'd think one would want to ask about her acting process or the movie she's promoting. Alas, it's always about her diet or her clothes. At one point, Scarlett was even asked if she wears underwear underneath her Black Widow suit. To paraphrase Scarlett, how come men get the really interesting existential questions and she gets the one about food?

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    2. Anne Hathaway

    Matt Lauer repeatedly brings up Anne Hathaway's wardrobe malfunction as she looks increasingly uncomfortable.
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    Reporter Matt Lauer kept pressing the topic of a wardrobe malfunction that Anne had suffered recently, which the paparazzi couldn't help but splash all over the tabloids. Lauer could've asked Anne any number of questions, but instead he chose to make her feel incredibly uncomfortable by bringing up the same topic repeatedly.

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    3. Helen Mirren

    TV Host Michael Parkinson asks actor Helen Mirren if her "equipment" will hinder her pursuit of being a serious actor to Mirren's shock.
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    This infamous interview has stood the test of time and is one of the prime examples of how women are treated by the media, even in our modern times. While on The Parkinson's Show in 1975, Michael Parkinson asked Mirren if her female "equipment" hinders her performance, putting her in a very uncomfortable position. He seemed more interested in talking about her body than her performance and refused to accept that she was, in fact, a serious actress.

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    4. Mindy Kaling

    Mindy Kaling, wearing a black dress with silver feathers on it, recounts an encounter with a sexist reporter during a press conference.
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    While doing press for the movie Ocean's 8 in which she plays a jeweler, Mindy Kaling told Seth Meyers about one of the most obscure and sexist questions she's ever been asked. A male journalist asked her "Mindy, you play a jeweler. Now, you’re not married and you’ve never been engaged, so how do you know about diamonds?” This is yet another example of ridiculous questions asked by the media who, as Mindy put it, are completely "incredulous."

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    5. Taylor Swift

    Two radio hosts ask Taylor Swift how she feels about people saying all of her music is about her love life while Taylor looks incredibly uncomfortable.
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    When it was pointed out that people say her songs are mainly about past relationships, Taylor responded saying no one would say the same thing about Ed Sheeran or Bruno Mars, even though they write about the same subject matter, and she finds it sexist that people say her songs are only about break-ups and exes.

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    6. Rihanna

    Rihanna looks incredibly offended after a reporter asks her what she was looking for in a man.
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    While promoting her new men's perfume in 2014, Rihanna was asked what she was looking for in a man. She looked offended by the very question itself, but she responded confidently with "I'm not looking for a man" and ended the interview there.

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    7. Blake Lively

    Blake Lively angrily speaks with reporters after being ask an inappropriate question.
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    At the Variety's Power of Women event in 2017 where Blake Lively was being honored for her work fighting against child sex trafficking, a red carpet reporter asked her what she was wearing, which seemed inappropriate at an event that had nothing to do with fashion. She couldn't help but clap back at the reporter, asking them, "Are we really doing this? Would you ask a man that?" And the sad truth is no, they wouldn't. For Blake, it was the cause that mattered, not the fashion, but the media didn't seem to care and, sadly, things still haven't changed.

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    Blake Lively popping off after someone asked her about fashion at #PowerOfWomen - "Are we really doing this? Would you ask a man that?"

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    8. Tom Hardy

    A reporter asks Tom Hardy if he thought there were too many women in the movie "Mad Max" and Tom Hardy immediately says, "No."
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    During a press tour for Mad Max, a reporter started the conversation by saying, “I’ll preface my remarks by saying that I have five sisters, a wife, a daughter, and a mother, so I know what it’s like to be outgunned by estrogen." He then went on to ask, "As you were reading the script, did you ever think, 'Why are all these women in here? I thought this was supposed to be a man’s movie?'" Tom Hardy immediately replied and shut him down saying, "No. Not for one minute. I mean, that's kind of obvious."

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    9. Ariana Grande

    A radio host asks singer Ariana Grande if she couldn't live without her makeup or phone and she claps back asking, "Is this what you really think girls think about?"
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    When asked if she would rather use make up or her phone one last time by a sexist radio host in 2017, Ariana Grande quickly clapped back with a remark that educated the two men in the room about equality.

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    10. Emma Stone

    Emma Stone, wearing a black blazer over a white button up shirt, smiles while posing on the red carpet for her movie "Cruella."
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    During a Teen Vogue interview in 2012, Emma Stone was asked a question about her hair color and why she dyed it. She then started questioning the reporters as to why she was always asked such superficial questions. She even went on to tell her co-star Andrew Garfield, "You get asked interesting, poignant questions because you are a boy"." Ain't that the truth!!

    11. Serena Williams

    Tennis executive Raymond Moore made a comment that female tennis players should be on their knees thanking men for carrying their sport and Serena Williams looks deadpan as she says no women should ever be on her knees like that.
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    When tennis executive Raymond Moore made an extremely sexist and degrading comment towards female tennis players, Serena Williams did not hesitate to fire back at him in a calm and dignified manner, even though what he said did not deserve that kind of tone.

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    12. Emma Watson

    Emma Watson looks stunned as she explains that her topless photoshoot had nothing to do with her feminist activism.
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    This was a perfect example of how to deal with sexist comments on the spot. During the interview, a reporter brought up the harsh criticism she was receiving online, as many people were calling her a hypocrite for showing some skin during her Vogue photoshoot and still calling herself a feminist. But, as always, she faced the matter with pure grace as she had the perfect response for the reporter and all the haters out there.

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    13. Jennifer Garner

    Jennifer Garner looks increasingly frustrated as she recounts being asked multiple time about how she maintains a work life balance when her ex-husband was never asked that.
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    In an empowering speech at the Elle's Women in Hollywood event in 2014, Jennifer Garner spoke about the double standard in the way the media treated herself and her ex-husband, Ben Affleck. She spoke about how, although she was always asked the question of a work and home life balance, he was never asked the same thing.

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    14. Amy Schumer

    A male reporter calls Amy Schumer's movie character a "skank" and Schumer responds, "That was a really rude question."
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    This male reporter learnt a thing or two about misogyny after calling Schumer's character in Trianwreck a skank. Amy did not hesitate to clap back at him and get a few jabs in herself.

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    15. Simone Biles

    "DWTS" host Tom Bergeron asks Simone Biles why she wasn't smiling to which she responded, Smiling doesn't give you gold medals."
    Inside Edition

    When Olympic athlete Simone Biles appeared on Dancing with the Stars, she was asked why she didn't smile at the compliments the judges gave her. Luckily, she had the perfect response right off the cuff. So perfect, in fact, that not only did the Twitterverse explode, but the phrase was also made into T-shirts. As she simply put it, "Smiling doesn't give you gold medals."

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    16. Keira Knightley

    Keria Knightly claps back at a reporter who asked how she balanced her home life with her movie premiere by asking, "Are you going to be asking all of the men that tonight?"
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    While answering questions backstage after winning a Hollywood Film Award for The Imitation Game in 2014, a female reporter asked Knightley a question that is all too often asked of female celebrities, "How do you balance your work and home life?" She clapped back with the perfect response asking, "Are you going to ask all the men that tonight?"

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    17. Rowan Blanchard

    Rowan Blanchard wears a strapless black gown with slicked back hair and dark eye makeup.
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    In 2015, when she was only 13 years old, Rowan encountered a reporter who asked her a question about diet tips for teens. Not only was this a sexist question, but it also sent the wrong message about body image to teens everywhere. Luckily, Rowan shut him down with the perfect response by asking, "Do you have any dieting tips for other teenage boys? I mean, come on."

    18. One Direction

    The band One Direction is asked who "the main fucker of the group is" while standing on a red carpet for an event.
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    While in Spain, a reporter asked One Direction who "the main fucker" of the group was. While trying to hide their disgust, the boys jokingly throw Niall under the bus before moving on.

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    19. Nicki Minaj

    Nicki Minaj describes the difference between men and women when it comes to power, explaining there's nothing negative about a man being a "boss," but, if a woman is "bitch," it's nothing but negative.
    MTV

    Nicki Minaj called out the blatant sexism in the hip hop industry saying, "When I am assertive, I'm a bitch, when a man is assertive, he's a boss."

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    20. And finally, Natasha Lyonne

    Natasha Lyonne is visibly stunned after a male reporter asks her how she can do "all that acting since she's so beautiful."
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    In an interview with a Brazilian journalist, Orange Is the New Black star Natasha Lyonne was asked how she could act so serious while looking so beautiful. Natasha was surprised, to say the least, by the question and suggested that his comment was slightly misogynistic.

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    These are definitely not the only celebrities who have faced sexist comments from the media and, if mindsets in our society don't change, then neither will the media. It's time to change the conversation, it's time to change the questions, and it's time to get rid of the double standards.

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