My favorite social media campaign from this year’s Oscar awards was the #AskHerMore campaign, which I learned about in an article by CTA News. The campaign, with supporters such as Reese Witherspoon and Amy Poehler, encourages reporters to ask creative questions on the red carpet, and asks the audience to “call out” reporters for resorting to inane fashion questions to female celebrities. Reese Witherspoon took her cause to Instagram: “There are so many amazing and talented nominees this year, Let’s hear their stories!”
Comedian Amy Poehler was tired of the same questions “Who are you wearing?” that she teamed up with The Representation Project to promote their online campaign to #AskHerMore. Poehler’s Smart Girls Community used Twitter to elicit questions that focused more on an actress’s talent than her taste in clothing. They also created a video that mocked the red carpet experience for women:
‘Girls’ star Lena Dunham also tweeted her support for #AskHerMore on Sunday:
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) February 22, 2015
I truly enjoyed this year’s trend of celebritys making political statements. They are in a unique position where they can shed light on causes that are not being discussed. While I enjoy the fashions of the red carpet, I’m tired of the media’s treatment of female celebrities and I’d rather young girls hear women on TV talk about causes, careers and accomplishments instead of how pretty their dresses are.