It’s hard being “on” all the time. And it’s hard being a girl, constantly reminded to smile and be nice. Take Cara Delevingne — she was less than peppy at a morning show this week, and was reamed out for it on live TV.
Was Cara a bit sarcastic, impatient, probably exhausted? Sure. But the question is, why did the hosts of Good Day Sacramento have to criticize her for it, not just to her face, but after they ended the interview?
It’s a sad fact that being female — and even worse, a female celeb — means being “energetic, amiable, or chatty” all the time, traits former teenaged model Cassie Davies was told she didn’t express enough. She wrote a piece for the Independent sympathizing with Delevingne’s ‘tude on the morning show, which apparently fell short of the “special cutesy girl act” she was likely supposed to employ.
But, as Davies points out, the image is “superficial, it’s fake, and it’s tiring” to maintain. Who on this Earth can be expected to smile constantly? A group of news anchors in Sacramento apparently do, and they weren’t having it when Delevingne arrived for her interview sour-faced.
For a bit of background, Cara appeared on the morning show likely as part of a “conveyer belt” style press junket for her new movie, Paper Towns. And, as the Guardian reported, such junkets sound not just dehumanizing in their efficiency, but exhausting. Given that interviews last only five minutes and journalists ushered into hotel rooms turned into mini-studios like cattle, they can only ask the most basic questions. And usually they’re the same ones.
So when Cara was asked “have you read the book,” etc., it was likely the millionth time she answered the question. Some of Delevingne’s responses — including an off-hand, yeah I’m living my dream and all that — expressed a bit of that fatigue.
Delevingne put those famous eyebrows to work as she stared down back at her interviewers, who quickly grew impatient with the starlet’s unenthusiastic answers. Mid-interview, they accused her of acting a “bit irritated” and exhausted, then rudely cut her off by saying “We’ll let you go then … go take a little nap, maybe get a Red Bull.”
Afterward, they laughed among themselves, criticizing Cara for her “moody” attitude.
Some people just don't understand sarcasm or the British sense of humour— Cara Delevingne (@Caradelevingne) July 29, 2015
Cara Delevingne should be celebrated for being a brilliant ball of sass, not shunned.— Bry (@BryOnTour) July 29, 2015
Davies likely hit the basis for their criticism spot on: Delevingne‘s image — like so many actors’ — has been commercialized, controlled, and pre-packaged. That’s not the version of Cara they got during that doomed interview, they got the real Cara, whom a reporter over at Glamour said isn’t easy to interview but called “relaxed, engaging, and interesting.”
But Delevingne temporarily revealed a little bit of herself, and at that moment, she wasn’t peppy, she wasn’t smiling, she wasn’t the hair-flipping, giggling girl she may have been expected to be.
“These people, it turns out, are human beings, just like everyone else. I’m not suggesting much actual sympathy should be felt, either for them, or us – we’re not saving whales or researching killer diseases – but cutting them a little slack is only fair,” the Guardian added.
And girls like Cara Delevingne are allowed to be tired, and moody, and sarcastic, without being trashed on live TV. Girls are human, too.
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