Did Chris Rock Miss the Point of #AskHerMore During the Oscars?
"Let's start with who you're wearing…"
Or maybe not.
In response to a campaign #AskHerMore, launched by The Representation Project in 2014, red carpet hosts are getting the message that women in film are much more than their dresses.
Some social media users may have been pleased with Sunday night's red carpet. For the most part, the conversation was a bit more organic this time around at the 88th Academy Awards. Instead of asking a female celebrity to rattle off the details of her dress, jewelry, bag, and shoes, questions like how much preparation went into a role were often posed first.
But not everyone agreed that the #AskHerMore campaign was necessary. Some critics argue that it's hard to expect any real substance from red carpet banter and that many actually do want to hear about celebrity fashion, as that's mainly what the red carpet is all about.
Host Chris Rock took a jab at the hashtag in his opening Oscars monologue:
"Everything is not sexism, everything is not racism," Rock said. "They ask the men more because they're all wearing the same outfit. If George Clooney showed up with a lime green tux on and a swan coming out of his a**, someone would go, 'Whatcha wearing George?'"
Many expressed their thoughts on social media throughout the night. We gathered some of the most thought-provoking tweets on this issue, ranging from whether Rock's comment was missing the point on sexism in Hollywood to the inevitable desire for a fashion Q&A on the red carpet.
so much backlash for #askhermore I get it. I am glad that he said it on TV so that people know what that movement is about.— Angie Dee (@Angie_Dee) February 29, 2016
I love #askhermore but some of us love to hear who is wearing what because we love the art of fashion. It's not just who looks prettiest :(— cait (@captainduckie) January 10, 2016