I’ve always found that Red Carpet coverage, for any event, is best enjoyed with the sound off. By and large, you’re not going to learn anything groundbreaking, and it’s an opportunity to see the kind of fashion that most of us will never get close to in real life. But while I love gawking at beautiful gowns, I have ALWAYS hated the questions they ask actresses about their outfits and “Oscar prep.” You don’t need to know if someone is wearing Spanx, or how many hours they spent getting their hair done, or whether they went on a special diet to fit into the dress. It’s all boring, and ridiculous, and makes it sound like the highlight of an event devoted to their professional achievements is simply standing around in a dress.
Apparently I’m not the only one who feels this way. The Representation Project along with Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls have started the hashtag #AskHerMore to encourage red carpet reporters to ask female celebrities more in-depth questions about their work rather than their underwear. Smart Girls even put together this little satirical video showing how absurd the questions are if you think about them:
Like I said, I don’t have a problem with some fashion coverage. Asking who designed a dress, or a suit, is totally fine and even somewhat informative. And we all know that most of these people are loaned these clothes and jewelry for free in return for mentioning the designer on TV. But once we’ve got the basic info, let’s not fetishize the process of putting on clothing more than necessary.