Reporter Asks Scarlett Johansson About Dieting, Appropriately Gets Stink Eye
In a recent op-ed for the Huffington Post, Scarlett Johansson lashed out against the media for harping on her and other actresses about the physical demands for their roles and their dieting habits. It’s a fascinating read that speaks to our obsession with body image and celebrity.
One reporter apparently didn’t get that memo, though. The Mary Sue posted this transcript from a recent press conference for ‘The Avengers,’ in which Johansson appropriately shuts down a reporter for not giving her the same respect as her male co-stars:
Reporter: I have a question to Robert and to Scarlett. Firstly to Robert, throughout Iron Man 1 and 2, Tony Stark started off as a very egotistical character but learns how to fight as a team. And so how did you approach this role, bearing in mind that kind of maturity as a human being when it comes to the Tony Stark character, and did you learn anything throughout the three movies that you made?
And to Scarlett, to get into shape for Black Widow did you have anything special to do in terms of the diet, like did you have to eat any specific food, or that sort of thing?
Scarlett: How come you get the really interesting existential question, and I get the like, “rabbit food” question?
Right on, Ms. Johansson. The actress kicks just as much ass as her male counterparts, yet the only thing the media is interested in is what she’s eating and her body, completely dismissing both her acting and physical talents.