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Green Room - Week 38 - Day 7

What are YOU wearing?

OR... should people ASK YOU MORE than that?

If you're not following the Oscars, or social media right now, you may have blinked and missed the sparks of a movement toward asking women on the red carpet more than "What are you wearing", to instead ask them about their craft, or challenges in the roles - you know, things that they actually do.

Of course, I've seen what doesn't seem to the "counter-argument" so much as it is "another issue" that says that those questions do still need to be continued, because the dresses, jewelry, shoes (etc) is basically a different version of the NASCAR jackets where they list their sponsors. (They are borrowing them, and they are later sold or in some cases, donated to raise money. The point being that it's basically a cross-industry commercial)

I do think that we are moving away from asking what someone is wearing (except in the creepy sense, I think we will always have that!) and I do wonder how that will impact the relationship between Hollywood and the fashion industry. I'm sure it's not going to be much... one of the people who was very outspoken about wanting to talk about craft over clothes tweeted out the credits for everyone who had given

her stuff to wear. So maybe the conversation will simply shift venues.

Which might be the "best outcome" for all of them - with those exposed to the Red Carpet events actually hearing more out of some extraordinary actresses, while at the same time, they get to control the message of how has sponsored them in a more personal manner.

Who knows though - this could be one of those things where people can look at and go "Yeah, they should be doing that" OR it could become a major battleground by the time the sun comes up?

Where do YOU stand? Do you want to hear more? Or would you rather hear less from Hollywood in general? ;)


Some people that we DON'T want to hear less from are the people involved in the poll this week: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/840115.html

They have entries - and so do their Champions! It's an amazing group of people who turn out to have really good taste of who they associate with. ;)

So make sure to go check it out and make your opinions be heard!


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Feb. 23rd, 2015 06:39 am (UTC)
Feb. 23rd, 2015 06:39 am (UTC)
P.S. The Oscars are on? Huh.
Feb. 23rd, 2015 02:48 pm (UTC)
Grats on first!

And yeah, I'm another member of Idol who did not watch the Oscars. I like movies, but Hollywood culture is generally outside my radar.

That said, I cheer on the ladies rebelling against the camera-panning-up-the-body shots and the 'what are you wearing?' and the mani-closeups, when I hear about them. Sure, the red carpet is never going to ask anyone a -deep- question, but you can't deny that it's almost entirely the women that put up with this.

And people can argue that it's part of the culture of the thing, like the sponsors on the jackets in NASCAR, but that doesn't explain why people ask Hillary Clinton the exact same thing.
Feb. 23rd, 2015 07:36 pm (UTC)
Happy first!
Feb. 23rd, 2015 07:03 am (UTC)
So, Gary, what are you wearing? [insert creepy phone dude leer here]
Feb. 23rd, 2015 07:07 am (UTC)
(OK, a real comment.)

Re: the Oscars and dresses—I feel like it is very fucking telling that we treat the actresses on the red carpet as though they are models for the designers or whatever and don't ask them about what they're actually there for. I think that asking more than "so, whose design are you wearing?" is an important step in the right direction.

...but I'm also one of those people that was like, "oh, the Oscars are tonight?" as I was cooking dinner. They were very...not interesting to me this year? "Selma" was snubbed, and that was sort of the point at which I went, "welp, that's that" and didn't pay much attention.

Honestly, I was way more interested in the Nebula noms this year. Annhilation for best novel YES. I haven't read anything quite so "what the HELL I cannot put this down!" in years. :D
Feb. 23rd, 2015 08:30 am (UTC)
I missed the Oscars tonight.

Usually the question is WHO are you wearing.

I am going to lose some of my feminist street cred and say I enjoy the red carpet, and it's ridiculous to think they're going to ask anything interesting or compelling in the five to ten seconds they give each celebrity. The questions they already ask when they aren't talking about clothes are completely eyeroll-worthy, and the people who do the interviews aren't exactly known for their deep thoughts.

But, as I said I missed the show tonight. I'm going to try to find it online.
Feb. 23rd, 2015 11:52 am (UTC)
"Usually the question is WHO are you wearing"

If I asked *this* group that question, they would start talking about who they flayed. ;)
Feb. 23rd, 2015 10:32 pm (UTC)
*whistles innocently and hides the bones*
Feb. 23rd, 2015 01:41 pm (UTC)
I love it when they ask who instead of what. "Well, the bodice was woven from the hair of a woman named Lisa in Topeka, Kansas...."
Feb. 23rd, 2015 08:47 am (UTC)
I haven't watched the Oscars in eons. I'm really not a movie-goer. That said, I do love reading opinions about who wore what like Tom and Lorenzo's site because they'll either worship what you wore or tear you clothes apart thread by thread in such a way that you'll either LOL or snicker quietly. The Oscars and similar ceremonies are basically an extended version of What Not To Wear in their book :)

That said, I did doze off during Downton Abbey. Trying to go to bed earlier in this household is futile. Unfortunately it also tends to have a negative affect on me as time goes on.
Feb. 23rd, 2015 05:45 pm (UTC)
THANK you for that link. I'm amazed and impressed with the breadth of the thought involved in that compact bit of writing.
Feb. 23rd, 2015 08:28 pm (UTC)
Seen it before, and appreciated it then and now. It explained a lot about how I nearly lost one of my best friends over vaccine (and homeopathy) wank (and in fact our relationship has never been the same). Sigh.
Feb. 23rd, 2015 10:38 pm (UTC)
That's an awesome article - I particularly liked the bit about the importance of creating a narrative. Did you watch the short film with the triangles and the rectangle and circle? The urge to make a story out of that was SO strong for me, even though I knew exactly what it was for!
Feb. 23rd, 2015 06:40 pm (UTC)
Unrelated to anything else, but since we were talking about click-bait the other day...

6 Things You Need to Know Before Dating an Introvert

(it made me laugh)

Edited at 2015-02-23 06:41 pm (UTC)
Feb. 23rd, 2015 08:27 pm (UTC)
LOVE THIS, squee!
Feb. 23rd, 2015 07:42 pm (UTC)
I don't typically watch award shows, although I was intrigued by Neil Patrick Harris hosting this year, as I do adore him, but still not enough to watch, lol! I really don't care what the interviewers ask, but I do enjoy the fashions, when I see photos afterwards. I'm just in the "meh" category about the who shebang.
Feb. 23rd, 2015 08:27 pm (UTC)
PS: SO glad of a green room. Yesterday was so boring at work that I was tempted to ask you to make one early.
Feb. 23rd, 2015 08:53 pm (UTC)
Who wants to play "Share a picture of a thing or place that is important to you"?

I'll go first:

This is Pouto Lighthouse, on the North Head of the Kaipara Harbour, in the North Island of New Zealand.

It's the strange looking blob in the centre of the map. Zoom out - it really is in the middle of nowhere.

My mum grew up on a farm just inside the harbour. I spent most of my summer holidays there as a kid. And I got married on this beach.

Edited at 2015-02-23 08:53 pm (UTC)
Feb. 23rd, 2015 10:24 pm (UTC)
It looks like a lovely spot! Very wind-swept beautiful. :)
Feb. 23rd, 2015 10:30 pm (UTC)
Sure, I'm game!

I'll put my pictures under a spoiler tag, so they don't mess up the formatting in the GR for anyone.
[pictures within]

This is my gloriously messy office. Heh.
My office...

It was just this last summer that I finally got a space that's entirely mine in the house, and I find it quite wonderful.

This is where I spent a lot of my time, and do most of my writing - on the futon. Or, as I like to call it, the Fainting Futon. I don't have a fainting couch to retire to when I feel overcome. I have a futon. Quite a practical piece of furniture, for fainting or other things.

the fainting futon

The perpetually snowy view out the sliding glass door (it'll thaw... eventually):
gosh snow

And finally, my laptop. Without which I would be seriously sad. Heh.

one small computater
Feb. 23rd, 2015 10:42 pm (UTC)
Hands up who leaned in to see if they could recognise any of the books on the shelf?
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