20 Times Men In Media Put Famous Women In Horribly Uncomfortable Situations
“Beyoncé is stunning, but that doesn’t mean she wouldn’t use any trick in the book to look better — any woman would!” —Piers Morgan
When Matt Lauer asked Anne Hathaway an inappropriate question about a revealing paparazzi picture of her, and victim-blamed Hathaway by saying, “What’s the lesson learned from something like that?”
When Jeremy Renner made a cringeworthy (and unrehearsed) joke about Jennifer Lopez’s breasts while they were presenting a Golden Globe award in 2015.
When David Letterman interrupted his interview with Catherine Zeta-Jones in 2007 to touch her hair without her consent, making her visibly uncomfortable.
And when Letterman wouldn’t stop commenting on Tina Turner’s scent when she visited the show in the mid-1990s and even made a joke about it to lure people to see her concerts.
When Bruce Rosenblum (CEO and chairman of the Television Academy) made Sofía Vergara stand on a revolving pedestal like a trophy while he gave a cringeworthy speech about diversity in television.
When Adrien Brody kissed Halle Berry without her consent when he ran onstage to accept his Oscar in 2003.
When Piers Morgan criticized a picture Jesy Nelson uploaded on her Instagram in the most disgusting way, calling it “one of those grim pictures you get on those weird, adult dating sites — the really cheap ones.”
When Seth MacFarlane hosted the Oscars in 2013 and performed an incredibly crude song about female actors’ boobs in movies, from Meryl Streep to Halle Berry to Charlize Theron.
In 2012, when Howard Stern insulted Rihanna for refusing to answer a question about her personal life during a press conference, stating that she’s “lucky someone’s [even] at your press conference, you fuck.”
When Jay Leno took a jab at Marcia Clark’s hairdo on The Tonight Show, joining in on the toxic male behavior directed toward Clark’s beauty and appearance in the 1990s.
When Kanye West purchased the picture of Whitney Houston’s bathroom covered with drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes to use for Pusha T’s album cover Daytona.
When the majority of the male actors from the Marvel Cinematic Universe didn’t defend Tessa Thompson, Zendaya, and Brie Larson when they received death threats and suffered abuse as women in the MCU, but they were quick to stand up for Chris Pratt over a “Which [Famous] Chris Is Better?” poll.
When David Letterman repeatedly asked Madonna to kiss a random stranger in the audience, and every time she said no, he continued to annoy her about it.
When a 14-year-old Venus Williams was questioned by a male journalist as to why she had so much confidence and her father stepped in to call out his ridiculous behavior toward young women.
When Jessica Biel was written off of 7th Heaven by Aaron Spelling because she posed topless for a magazine cover and he didn’t approve of it.
When Isaac Mizrahi groped Scarlett Johansson’s breast on the red carpet at the 2006 Golden Globe Awards.
When Jason Bateman defended Jeffrey Tambor in a New York Times interview after Jessica Walter revealed Tambor verbally abused her while filming Arrested Development.
And when a male reporter was supremely ignorant toward Helen Mirren in a 1975 interview, questioning how she can be taken seriously as an actor if she had “large breasts.”
Submissions have been edited for length and clarity.