In recent news, Cara Delevigne—accomplished British model and actress—was ruthlessly ridiculed in what the internet deems as a “painfully awkward” interview with Good Day Sacramento anchors yesterday morning. The 22-year-old responded to the interview questions with classic British sarcasm, although the reactions she received from the anchors was far from amused.
Delevigne, who stars as the leading lady Margo Roth Spiegelman in the newly released Paper Towns, the latest of John Green’s young adult films based on his acclaimed books, appeared in an interview with the local news program displaying poise and civility. Unfortunately, the anchors who interviewed her did not feel as though her responses to their blatantly unoriginal questions were sufficient. What the anchors fail to realize is that good journalism requires the interviewers to present the subject with refreshing questions from a new angle—one that has not been sought after before, or one that is not touched on as often. Instead of presenting Delevigne with an interview that did not consist of the same, uninteresting questions, the anchors at Good Day Sacramento decided to ask Delevigne (after calling her Carla at first) whether she had actually read the book…
I mean come on. Really?
To these questions, she replied with humorous sarcasm, saying she never even read the script and actually hates the character she portrays in the film. The anchors responded harshly and told the actress that she needs to “go grab a redbull” or something before cutting her off air completely.
The flaws of this interview relate to more than just poor journalism. The unacceptable treatment of Delevigne comes from a deep-rooted erroneous aspect of society that deems female behavior as rude or off-putting when they do not act excited, bubbly, or even well-rested in conversation. Not only should the anchors at Good Day Sacramento have asked better questions; they also should not have judged Delevigne for not giving them the answers they were looking for. Journalism is about more than conducting an interview and looking for the “perfect” answer. It is about uncovering something that had not been said, something that will distinguish your story from all others that have been told before. In this interview, Good Day Sacramento may not have gotten the answers they wanted, but they sure did label themselves as less feminist than they may have been previously regarded (I am not familiar with this program, therefore I do not know how feminist they may have been prior to this interview).
The bottom line? Don’t judge someone for not giving you the answers you want, whether it is in a news interview or in a casual conversation. Save yourself the embarrassment and go grab a red bull instead.
For the full interview, click here.