Given that it’s awards season, we’ve been bringing you red carpet looks left and right. It’s part of the appeal of awards season, given that the shows can drag on interminably without so much as a musical number to break up the monotony. Cate Blanchett, who made our SAG Awards best dressed list with her controversial Givenchy gown also kicked ass by taking E! to task on the red carpet for the objectifying nature of it all.
While walking the red carpet, E! began to film Blanchett slowly and from the feet upwards, instead of simply focusing on her whole outfit. Not enjoying the slow gaze of the camera crawling over her parts, Blanchett bent down and asked “do you do that to the guys?” Here’s a gif of it, and see if you can keep yourself from fist pumping.
Yes. This. These weird dragging-gaze over the female red carpet attendees’ bodies is gross, and is patently about the body and not the outfit. While male celebrities get noticed for their off-beat hairstyles, glasses, or bow ties, the first thing out of any TV presenter’s mouth tends to be body related when discussing a woman (“Look at those curves!” “Legs for days!”).
Blanchett’s statement makes me think about red carpet coverage in general, which is something that you’ll find in spades on this site. To be fair, I think there’s a difference between commenting on their clothing (for which we put on a whole show with the intention of commenting on) and an indulgent, languid creep shot up a woman’s body. But this certainly does make me want to reassess my red carpet coverage to make sure that I don’t veer into body snarking territory when I should be focusing on the clothes.
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