January and February are chock-full of media awards, from the prestigious Oscars (taking place on February 22) to the relatively minor National Television Awards that took place in London a few weeks ago. While we at SheRa love fashion and seeing the joy on people’s faces as they get to feel fantastic about themselves, we don’t love the lack of respect that taints the media coverage of these events. Year in, year out, when it comes to female celebrities, reporters seem to be more interested in what clothes they are wearing rather than focusing on all the hard work they put in to be nominated for such prestigious professional awards in the first place.
The Representation Project is continuing its campaign this year for female actors to be asked the same kinds of questions by red carpet reporters as the male actors. Ahead of presenting the Golden Globes, Amy Poehler went on Twitter to ask the public to put pressure on reporters to ask women “better questions.” Think there’s not much difference between the questions men and women get asked? Well, have you ever seen a Facial Hair Cam set up to quiz male celebrities on how they got their moustache to twirl like that? Or zoomed in shots of how well trimmed their beards are? How about a close-up shot of a man’s pores or acne scars along with a headline about how he must be going through some kind of stress or mental turmoil to be going out in public with such bad skin?
The E! Mani Cam is a guilty pleasure of mine, I’ll admit. Sparkly nail polish is to 24-year-old me what a fizzy drink and candy combo was at age 10—pure bliss with a rapidly fading high. But when hard-working women end up spending most of the evening discussing what they’re wearing, and even going through what’s inside their clutches, it does take the focus away from the effort they put into their jobs as skilled actors. So either bring me an evening of Facial Hair Cam close ups that include an in-depth analysis of Hugh Jackman’s latest style—along with questions about who designed the male celebrities’ suits and how the color of their suit lining really reflects their inner radiance, alongside tips on how they manage to look tough and rugged and yet well moisturized—or quit with the pigeonholing.
Yes, wearing a gown and strutting your stuff on the red carpet must be an awesome, feel-good experience, and we should be praising women of all shapes and sizes for their confidence and beauty. But reporters need to have some respect for the hours these women have spent honing their skills and doing their jobs. Acting is just as much an intense psychological endeavor of attempting to wholeheartedly bring life to a character for women as it is for men. So let’s take to Twitter and continue to get behind #AskHerMore. There’s plenty more awards still to come, and in a worst-case scenario, time for someone out there to make Facial Hair Cam a reality. Check out Upworthy’s compilation for a taster of what the reality could continue to be:
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