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Clueless Reporters Get Schooled: 7 Times Famous Women Shut Down Sexist Questions (VIDEO)

May 22, 2015 in Blogs

By Colin Gorenstein, Salon

Melissa McCarthy demanded “Would you do this to a man?” Here are some other great women who are sick of your shit.

Melissa McCarthy sat down with Ellen DeGeneres this week and rehashed a face-to-face encounter she had with a sexist reporter who called her “hideous” in her 2014 film “Tammy.” She turned the tables on him by asking the question “Would you do this to a man?”

If this story sounds at all familiar, it’s probably because it’s a recurring one in pop culture — even in the year 2015: Moderator asks implicitly sexist question. Female public figure calls them out. Story goes viral. Repeat. Hillary Clinton fired back with the same question when she was asked what designers she wore during a panel she was at to speak about Kyrgyzstani issues … just moments after addressing workplace sexism. Keira Knightley proposed the question, too, when she was asked just last year how she was able to juggle her personal life with her career.

Below, we’ve rounded up some of the most notable examples in recent memory, in which female celebs squarely reminded reporters of their implied sexism.

1. Lena Dunham took down a reporter who didn’t “get” the purpose of the nudity in “Girls”

At 2014′s Television Critics Association winter press tour, The Wrap’s Tim Molloy asked Dunham about why there was so much nudity in her show.

Molloy: “I don’t get the purpose of all of the nudity on the show, by you particularly, and I feel like I’m walking into a trap where you go. Nobody complains about the nudity on ‘Game of Thrones,’ but I get why they are doing it. They are doing it to be salacious and, you know, titillate people. And your character is often naked just at random times for no reason.”

Dunham: “It’s because it’s a realistic expression of what it’s like to be alive, and I totally get it. If you are not into me, that’s your problem, and you are going to have to kind of work that out with whatever professionals you’ve hired.”

2. Scarlett Johansson …read more


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