How hard is it to be a female human being in the media? Anne Hathaway is a pretty good measure. She learned everything she could about sex trafficking and prostitution to play Fantine, and knew only too well that modern-day Fantines were probably living within blocks of the Academy Awards. As she said in her acceptance speech, ‘Here’s hoping that someday in the not too distant future the misfortunes of Fantine will only be found in stories and never in real life.’
Did that get coverage? No. Instead, the huge and expensive media beast speculated on her nipples. In a way, that makes Anne’s point. No wonder there are still Fantines, so many in the media think like pimps, traffickers and johns.
Anne Hathaway as Fantine in Les Misérables photographed by Annie Leibovitz
However you feel about Anne, bravo to her for this take down.
Watch interviews with her and with ScarJo about their comic book films. Watch how they always get questions about their bodies and clothing and diets and blah blah blah fucking blah. Watch as the male cast members do not get the same treatment.
Because apparently all we care about when it comes to actresses are their bodies and not, ya know, their acting.
I’m a big fan of actresses answering stupidly sexist questions in scathing, calling-out-that-bullshit ways. Keep it up, y’all.
The only thing more perfect to me than her role as catwoman, was how she handled this interview.
Anne Hathaway! “I’m just so pleased with how I look, so I now quite like having short hair.”