Who else remembers the first Avengers’ press tour? I had been waiting for this movie for ages mainly because I loved (and still love) Black Widow yet everything Scarlett Johansson was asked came back to her weight, her fitness regime, her red carpet poses, and whether she could wear underwear underneath that Black Widow suit. I don’t know how I can express just how much I didn’t care about any of this using words alone. I wanted to shout at those ‘journalists’ in slow, easy to understand English, ‘STOP IT’. I wanted her to get asked questions about her character, the same questions all her male co-stars were getting asked. But she didn’t and she had to put up with the same sexist crap for the whole tour.
Roll around 2015 and the second Avengers movie has just been released. Has anything changed or is she still getting questions about her skincare routine?
The answer is a not really. Barring one notable exception she was asked the same questions more often than not. I want to talk about this notable exception. When it was Cosmopolitan’s turn to interview Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo (who plays The Hulk) they decided to change things up a bit. Scarlett was asked the questions her male co-stars usually get asked and Mark was asked the questions Scarlett usually gets asked.
You can see how awkward Mark find all of this and his awkwardness highlights just how crap the questions are.
The lack of feminism in Hollywood, the lack of equality has been heavily talked about recently but what all these interviews scream to me, and what Cosmo’s brilliant turning of the tables highlights so well is the lack of respect women in movies get. They are nothing more than the way they look and the clothes they wear. How disappointing. I am hoping it will one day change – I would love it if for the next Avengers press tour, no one is asked about their underwear status or their diet regime. That would be glorious.