Natasha Lyonne Very Politely Told a Sexist Journalist to Go F*ck Himself
The Orange Is the New Black cast is doing their season 3 Emmy prep press tour, and while Taylor Schilling is doing most of the leg work, the rest of the cast is (usually) infinitely more enjoyable. Take, for example, this interview with a Brazilian journalist/comedian (who really doesn’t seem to deserve either of those job titles) named Rafael Cortez. He starts off by telling Uzo Aduba he would like to “stay with [her] all the time” because she’s very pretty and smells good. Kudos to Uzo for being abble to laugh off his weird comment that the prison needs just one dude (to do dude things that ladies can’t, like… I dunno, opening jars or something), and his asking if she’d like to see his muscles.
But Samira Wiley and Natasha Lyonne, who were interviewed together, don’t brush off his offensive questions. According to Cortez, it’s really hard for beautiful women to “do the acting” because when too many beautiful women get in one room, they’re always fighting with each other, right? Wiley took the first shot at shutting this down by simply saying, “I think there are some stereotypes that women are very catty on set with each other, but that doesn’t really happen on our set.” That, in my humble and ragey opinion, is WAY too polite. Then Cortez directly asked Lyonne for her opinion, and she was still polite (boo), but not as dismissive.
I feel like it’s accidentally maybe a little bit misogynistic. Cause it’s like, ‘You’re so beautiful, what’s it like to have to do all that acting?’ I can’t tell if that’s the question, but if it is, it’s insane. Despite great beauty on the show, everybody is, you know, professional and talented and very capable. So I don’t think that anybody’s thinking about something as meaningless as their beauty when they’re at work or certainly not this show.
I would have gone with a simple
So well done, Natasha Lyonne on being gracious and not just putting your fist in this guy’s smug face as I’m sure you wanted to.
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