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Sparkly, floor-length couture gowns are both an award show staple and - let's be honest - a major reason people subject themselves to stuffy speeches and awkward quips from Ryan Seacrest, but actress Cate Blanchett has called BS on the way women are seen on the red carpet.
On Friday, during the SAG Awards, the E! camera crew stopped Blanchett, who was wearing a long, pink Givenchy gown, with its "Glam Cam," a segment where the camera slowly pans the actress's body from head-to-toe so viewers can get a closer look at her outfit. But instead of playing along, Blanchett crouched down and asked, "Do you do that to the guys?"
While the answer to that is a little obvious - how many people want to see 12 different variations of a man's tuxedo, no matter how cute the dude? - Blanchett's comments underscore a type of Hollywood sexism specific to the red carpet.
For starters, take how our obsession with red carpet fashion can overshadow an actress's accomplishments: Case in point: In January, Hayden Panettiere won a Golden Globes Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role on the television show "Nashville," an accolade that was swiftly overshadowed by the fact that she bought an off-the-rack Tom Ford rack (the horror!). Meanwhile, Aaron Paul's Burberry tuxedo went unnoticed as he was celebrated for his "Best Supporting Actor" win for his role in Breaking Bad.
And while women can experiment with fashion way more than men (that's a good thing), there's also a double standard on what they can actually wear. For example, to promote her 2013 film "Instructions Not Included," Eva Longoria worked the red carpet at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood wearing a white, button-down blouse and fitted blue jeans. She looked cute and comfy, but her outfit unleashed an avalanche of Internet comments: "Eva Longoria could've made a bit more effort," snarked the U.K. Mirror and "We find the look a little too casual for a red carpet event," sniffed Perez Hilton. Meanwhile, no one made a peep when Tatum Channing showed up to the 2012 MTV Music Video Awards wearing a pair of cuffed Joe Jeans.
What would a gender-neutral red carpet look like? One that rolled up to gender-neutral awards show, in which male presenters didn't sing songs like, "We Saw Your Boobs," men and women didn't have separate categories for doing the same job, and Taylor Swift isn't shamed for her love life. Until that happens, let's do at least start with the