By now you probably know all about the press frenzy that is Anne Hathaway‘s “wardrobe malfunction” (or lip slip, as genuinely gross people prefer). If you don’t, here it is in brief: Anne Hathaway dropped by the premiere of Les Mis wearing slinky Tom Ford and, while exiting her limo, the paparazzi managed to nab a few intimate shots featuring a hint of pubis. A hint.
This is a big deal because Anne Hathaway is a beautiful, wholesome, talented actress and not some lowly cooch flasher like Lindsay Lohan or Paris Hilton (not our rules, people). Hence, lots of coverage, from multiple angles.
Yesterday morning, Hathaway went on the Today Show to promote Les Mis and, unsurprisingly, host Matt Lauer brought up the images.
…But not nearly enough people are talking about how Lauer introduced the subject:
“Anne Hathaway, good morning, nice to see you. Been seeing a lot of you lately.”
He just said, “Good morning, I recently saw your vulva” on TV.
Hathaway goes visibly rigid, but pauses a beat and lets out a movie star-caliber chuckle to keep things from getting awkward. She even says, “Sorry about that.” She then jokes–though it’s sad–that she’d rather be home but she has to promote the film.
Lauer then gets more direct:
“Let’s just get it out of the way. You had a little wardrobe malfunction the other night. What’s the lesson learned from something like that? Other than that you keep smiling, which you always do.”
This is also pretty gross. Is the “lesson learned” really “keep smiling“? Isn’t the lesson actually “some people are scumbags”? If Hathaway weren’t a movie star, wouldn’t we call this sexual harassment? Why are the paparazzi allowed to jockey for photographs of her genitals?
Hathaway’s response was the very articulate, sane, circumspect quote that follows:
“It was obviously an unfortunate incident. I think — it kind of made me sad on two accounts. One, I was very sad that we live in an age when someone takes a picture of another person in a vulnerable moment and rather than delete it and do the decent thing, sells it. And I’m sorry that we live in a culture that commodifies sexuality of unwilling participants, which brings us back to Les Mis. That’s what my character is, she is someone who is forced to sell sex to benefit her child because she has nothing and there’s no social safety net.”
Good on you, Hathaway (++ remarkable segue).
But back to Lauer: in what world was any of this an acceptable thing to say to someone?
Apparently some people feel Hathaway deserved it. We noticed on The Gloss‘ Facebook page one commenter who was disgusted she “[went] commando in an evening gown” and added, “Ew.” As if, somehow, that meant it was her fault (nevermind the fact a movie star is painfully aware that visible panty lines on the red carpet will make her a Fashion Disaster all over the internet the next day) (ie, she probably wasn’t freeballing for the illicit thrill of it).
In summary, forgoing underthings in evening dresses 1) isn’t that weird and 2) doesn’t justify a strange man shoving a fucking camera between your legs. …Much less going off and selling the subsequent photos.
Look, everything about this story is horrible–except Anne Hathaway, who is a class act.
As for Matt Lauer, he owes her an apology. That “seeing a lot of you lately,” comment wasn’t just inappropriate and unprofessional, it was downright gross.
(Photo via Wenn)