Red Carpet Moments Show Why Women Deserve to Be Asked About More Than Their Dresses

Female entertainers should be getting questions about their professional chops and inspirations.

Actors Tina Fey (left) and Amy Poehler arrive at the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Jan. 12. (Photo: Danny Moloshok/Reuters)

Aug 22, 2014· 1 MIN READ
Culture and education editor Liz Dwyer has written about race, parenting, and social justice for several national publications. She was previously education editor at Good.

Hollywood awards shows are always a flurry of glitz and glamour on the red carpet. But although guys and gals alike get dressed to the nines, only women are grilled about how strenuously they dieted before the awards show and who designed their dress, shoes, and jewelry. Meanwhile, their male counterparts are peppered with questions about how they prepare for roles and what inspires them as actors.

That’s where The Representation Project, a “movement that uses film and media content to expose injustices created by gender stereotypes and to shift people's consciousness,” comes in. The project encouraged the public to take to social media during the 2014 Emmy's broadcast to tell interviewers to ask women actors legitimate questions about their performing abilities and real-life social justice work, not their appearance. You can even take to Twitter to tweet alternative questions for the stars using the hashtag #AskHerMore.

Need ideas for what kind of questions red carpet reporters could be posing? Check out our alternatives, along with this collection of cringe-worthy red carpet moments.

"Mayim Biyalik, as a scientist you have a lot in common with your character. When it comes to writing episodes, how much advice do the show’s creators ask you for?"

"Amy Adams, earlier this summer you gave up your first-class airplane seat to a soldier and sat in coach. Tell us more about what made you do this."

"Beyoncé, you’re not only considered the most influential person in the world—you’ve also become a feminist icon. When you begin writing a song, do you deliberately think about what message you want to send the world about women?"

"Miley Cyrus, do you think twerking is cultural appropriation?"

"Michelle Dockery, as Lady Mary on Downton Abbey you put up with some terribly sexist attitudes—has that made you more aware of modern-day sexism?"

"Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, you’ve been called the most important comedians working today. What’s it like to be in a brainstorming session with you?"

"Rooney Mara, you’ve said that you were bullied as a freshman in college. What role, if any, have you channeled that experience into?"

"Katy Perry, you’ve come a long way since you wrote your breakout hit, 'I Kissed a Girl.' How much do you think the song has furthered LGBT rights?

"Jennifer Lawrence, you’re best known for your work in the Hunger Games films, but you also support charities that are working to end world hunger. Tell us about that."

"Lauren Conrad, you’re known for having grown up wealthy and in the spotlight. What has your wide exposure taught you about the less fortunate?"

"Jennifer Lawrence, what are the pitfalls you wish you could’ve avoided that you want to warn young actors about?"

"Sofia Vergara, Latinos account for less than 5 percent of speaking roles in the top-grossing films, yet Latinas are more than 37 percent of nude characters in films. You’re known for your sex appeal. Do you worry about the portrayal of Latinas as sex objects?"

"Christine Baranski, you’ve been on-screen since your 1983 debut in Another World. What should other actors do to replicate your success?"

"Exactly, Cate Blanchett. High five." Tweet #AskHerMore.