11 4 / 2013

Scarlett Johansson has also evidently had enough of being treated as if she is incapable of answering the intelligent questions put to her male co-stars. The most notable example this intolerance being a press conference for her film The Avengers, in which she stars alongside Robert Downey Jr. In this instance, a reporter is quoted as asking Downey Jr., ‘Throughout Iron Man 1 and 2, Tony Stark started off as a very egotistical character but learns how to fight as a team. And so how did you approach this role, bearing in mind that kind of maturity as a human being when it comes to the Tony Stark character, and did you learn anything throughout the three movies that you made?’

In practically the same breath he goes on to ask Johansson ‘to get into shape for Black Widow did you have anything special to do in terms of the diet, like did you have to eat any specific food, or that sort of thing?’ Johansson immediately called him up on this lack of respect, demanding, ‘How come you get the really interesting, existential question, and I get the like, “rabbit food” question?’

While it is immensely reassuring to see these women speaking out against sexism in Hollywood and the media, it is still endlessly frustrating to see that it is necessary for them to do so; that reporters honestly see them as incapable of comprehending anything unrelated to salad.

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