One question that most actresses are tired of hearing when interviewed on the red carpet is "Who are you wearing?" It's not that fashion should be barred from the conversation - just that it shouldn't be the only thing that actresses are asked about while their male co-stars get the hard-hitting questions about their jobs. The Ask Her More campaign recently encouraged reporters not to stick to lazy questions for the often-amazing women that they interview, and now Disney Channel series Liv and Maddie is tackling red carpet sexism as inspired by the brilliant campaign.
On the recent episode "Ask Her More-A-Rooney," actress Liv (Dove Cameron) is disappointed to find that all of the red carpet questions she's asked are about her hair and dress instead of her awesome role as a television superhero. Sadly, sometimes Liv isn't even asked questions: she's just complimented by reporters who then move on to asking her male co-star deeper questions. It's blatant sexism, and Liv is so not okay with it.
Instead of dealing with the annoying non-questions, Liv (along with her pal Kristen Bell, who plays herself!) decides to change the conversation and talk about what she wants to talk about - which definitely isn't her hair. As Liv puts it in the episode, "All I could think about was that there were girls watching me at home, and it was so important to me that they hear me talk about more than just my appearance." Preach, girl.
I love that this Disney Channel series is being critical of how the media talks about women, and is giving young viewers a TV role model who stands up against everyday sexism. Let's hope that this Liv and Maddie episode sets a trend for more TV shows to tackle similar issues - we deserve more.