Criticized for Being a Cream Puff
Marcia Clark talks about how she was expected to be traditionally feminine or a badass fighter in court.
MARCIA CLARK: It was suggested that I wear pastels, suggested that I speak more softly, suggested that I smile more. You have a pretty smile, Marcia. Two people had been slaughtered. What is there to smile about?
I mean-- and I was offended and yet, at the same time, thinking, well, they're right. And if I want to see justice done, maybe I should try and soften it up a little. So I tried to tone it down for a few days. And I tried to kind of pull it back and tried to talk more softly.
And had I got along with that advice, I would have been criticized for being a cream puff. Then I would have been a girl who can't handle the heat and has to get out of the kitchen and can't handle a man's job and don't-- you know, that kind of thing.
There was no winning this. This was a lose-lose proposition right from the start. And so you have to go with your gut. Be who you are. Do what you do.