Margot Robbie has finally spoken out about the incredibly sexist profile that Vanity Fair ran on her. We were expecting that her outrage would match the reaction that everyone else had, but hers was a much more depressing outlook. She basically said, she's used to that sort of thing.
In a recent interview with Australia’s The Project, Robbie agreed that she could tell the story was going to be “really weird” from the beginning. She said, “I remember thinking, 'That was a really odd interview. I don’t know how that’s going to come out.' And then when I read it I was like, 'Yeah, the tone of this is really weird. I don’t really know what he’s trying to get at or play at.'”
She continued with the more heartbreaking part of her reaction when she said, “I didn’t expect there was going to be an uproar about it at all. But I’ve read far more offensive, far more sexist, insulting, derogatory, disgusting things on a daily basis. I don’t know, maybe I’m desensitized to it now.”
In 2016, it shouldn’t be the norm for actresses to expect that they should be reduced to their body and their beauty. We shouldn’t have actresses who don’t expect people to stick up for them because they’ve definitely read much worse about other people.
The way we treat not only women, but everyone, should be getting better, not worse. While I’m glad that Robbie doesn’t let one man’s shallow profile of her affect her in any way, it’s still disheartening that she claims to be desensitized to that kind of treatment.
The backlash that Vanity Fair and the writer received will hopefully be enough for the magazine and everyone else to do better next time, so that no one will have to be desensitized to sexism in the future.
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