What’s up with recent interviews? Is it a new wave of pitiful attempts to launch a “viral video”, or is it pure unprofessionalism? Either way, there have been a lot more awkward interviews of late
Be aware, we’re not dealing with “awkward” interviews here. Just interviews where the interviewer is to blame. Although there have been many awkward interviews this year, such as the Dakota Johnson one
Now, I’m not what people would call a "PC" person , but when someone is rude (and in some cases, creepy) to a person who is probably exhausted from all the interviews, that’s where I draw the line.
But in a majority of the cases, the interviewer is to blame. Some interviewers act incredibly unprofessional. Here’s a few instances this year (plus two honourable mentions)
Kate Mara and Michael B Jordan
If you want a more detailed look at why this interview was so bad, someone else has put up an article on it:
You should definitely check it out. Anyway, back to my analysis of the interview.
The interview that planted the seed of this article idea in my head, this interview was truly atrocious. The interviewers were ignorant (like a lot of “fans”) that Sue and Johhny’s characters could be related without it being an adoption (which may or may not end up happening in the film). They blatantly asked, in racist confusion (which has happened before, last year actually, which Samuel L Jackson handled beautifully by the way) ,how it was possible that they were related without a “backstory” (that comics didn’t have). The interviewers then proceeded to take slight jabs at the idea that the cast hadn’t seen the film yet. They then took jabs at the idea of reboots. This was all fairly tame, until the interviewers began to objectify and sexually harass Kate Mara, superficially asking if she could grow her hair out again, before one saying he found her toes attractive.
When asked by Buzzfeed if the questions were “intended to be incendiary”, Rock 100.5 Morning host Jason Bailey responded:
“Absolutely not! That’s not mine or the show’s thing. Look, not a huge fan of these controlled 5-7 minute interview junkets they run in the first place but I was curious about the brother and sister thing. You have a white sister and black brother wouldn’t you want to know how that happened? I did. The other Fantastic Four franchises explain the relationship so I figured with this new hipster version they’d have some different backstory.
“My partner’s (Southside Steve) conversation about Kate’s hair is something that came up while Michael B Jordan took a phone call so I think they were kind of just going back forth in a playful way. As for him complimenting her toes and why people are upset about that…sorry…no idea. Steve likes girl’s toes. People should be appreciative when they get complimented. Those that are upset on Twitter I guess don’t get enough of them. Who knows?”
The actual article can be found HERE
To begin with, the interviewers called her “Carla”, which is excusable. But then they proceeded to be even ruder. I thought there were many faults in A Fault in our Stars, I’m not going to see Paper Towns because I didn’t like John Green’s storytelling in the former film and I haven’t seen Cara Delevingne in anything so far (Hopefully she’s great in Suicide Squad next year), but even I can see that what happened here was pure rudeness. The interviewers first down-talked to the actress, assuming she hadn’t read the book. They then proceeded to not talk about the film and instead insist that she looked tired. They couldn’t understand sarcasm and when the interview was over, they played it off like she was just in a bad mood to begin with.
Robert Downey Jr
The dark pasts of actors have been brought up before, like in one particular interview with Mike Tyson, but this particular interview took a jab at something that this actor actively tried to fix. This was completely unneeded and felt like it was just goading Robert Downey Jnr and attacking previous mistakes, which is incredibly unprofessional.
Jeremy Renner and Chris Evans Interview
A lot of backlash was caused earlier this year when Jeremy Renner called a fictional character (Black Widow) a “slut”. To be fair, the interviewer asking the question was somewhat looking for this sort of response when she asked the question to Renner ( a person known for his somewhat controversial behaviour). The comment received massive fan backlash.
Jeremy Renner’s response to the backlash on Conan makes total sense. This interview really didn’t need to be included, but I like how smoothly Conan pulled off saying a spoiler for Age of Ultron, so I decided to include it.
While not from this year, this is an example of how an actor responded to an unprofessional interviewer (not in that much of a rude way, which a lot of people made it out to be). This unprofessionalism happens all the time in interviews, but most go under the radar. I decided to include this, given that this one actually became a big thing.
In conclusion, in the span of a few months, why have there been so many bad interviews with mainstream celebrities? It almost seems like an attempt to capitalise on the idea of viral videos, sacrificing professionalism in the process. Interviewers bring up dark pasts, are rude, ask misogynistic and/or racist questions, or ask questions to elicit a controversial response. None of these approaches are professional in the least. What are your thoughts?