For a funny change of pace, instead of drilling members of Congress on President Trump’s speech on Wednesday evening, Benny Johnson of the Independent Journal Review chose to ask politicians a question usually posed to celebrities at a red carpet event: “Who are you wearing?”
Me, asking our government who they are wearing: pic.twitter.com/p3uxpuqvEU
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) March 1, 2017
Johnson’s red carpet-themed line of questioning got laughs from the senators you’d expect to have a sense of humor: Cory Booker, Al Franken, and Steve Daines.
“Montana!” replied Senator Daines, who is a Republican from Montana.
California Rep. Darrell Issa even played along, sharing that his suit was “American-made.” There’s pretty much no other correct answer in this situation, although how great would it be if Booker shouted out “Dior Haute Couture”?
On Team No Fun was Paul Ryan, who walked straight ahead and fully ignored the question. Bernie Sanders, who has become a fashion muse of late, also shrugged away Johnson’s question.
And Ted Cruz just didn’t seem to get it. He responded, “Huh? Who are you wearing?”, before adding “I don’t understand that one.”
Even Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts didn’t even rank high enough to get a politics-related question. And, while Roberts was confused at first, he then turned around and offered: “That’s funny!”
Politicians got a small taste of what it’s like on the red carpet for celebrities, many of whom have banded together to stop answering the question “What are you wearing?” Ahead of Sunday’s Oscars, the #AskHerMore campaign worked to remind red carpet journalists that celebrities can do more than answer questions about dress choice.
“We’re dismantling and disrupting the narrative that tells us that to be a woman is to be inferior or less than,” said campaign founder Jennifer Siebel Newsom in a pre-Oscars interview. Here’s a suggestion for the next red carpet evening: Let’s flip the script again and try asking celebrities how they felt about Trump’s address.