We all know about the interview during the Avengers: Age of Ultron press tour in which Jeremy Renner and Chris Evans chose some juvenile comments when describing Black Widow's character and outraged fans.
Even though Renner and Evans' responses were clearly joking and both actors have apologized, it still raises an interesting and ongoing discussion about how differently actors and actresses are treated in the media. Another interview between Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo took a different turn.
Not only did it give Mark Ruffalo the chance to somewhat fulfill his promise to respond to any sexist questions directed towards Johansson, but it was also a perfect response to sexism in the entertainment industry.
Cosmopolitan UK decided to flip the script and ask Mark Ruffalo questions about his fashion choices, staying in shape, and cleansing routine, while Scarlett Johansson only answered more in-depth questions about her stunt work, character, and career. Check out their role-reversed interview here:
Ruffalo, proving once again to be one of the best actors in the business, took this interview process in stride and answered the questions to the best of his ability. Still, it was evident that he wasn't entirely comfortable with the kinds of questions Johansson is expected to answer on a regular basis.
This isn't the first time Scarlett has stood up and spoken out about being aggravated with the types of questions that interviewers direct towards her.
In 2012, Johansson finally addressed the issue after being asked repeatedly what she wore under her costume.
Personally, I hope this isn't the last time these questions are shot down either. What happened with Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner was definitely childish and a misstep in judgement, but there is a much larger issue at hand.
The fact that it sounds so ridiculous for an actor to answer these questions about body image and fashion seems to suggest it's wrong of interviewers and entertainment journalists to aim these almost exclusively towards actresses.
Like a lot of people, I am guilty of indulging in the responses to these superficial questions. And I am curious to know what the diet and workout for an A-list celebrity looks like! But at what point do we look at ourselves as a society and think that maybe we should stop wanting to know?
(Via: Cosmopolitan UK)