So if you haven’t seen Cara Delevingne’s incredibly awkward interview with Good Morning Sacramento, please watch it here before proceeding.
Now that you’ve seen the very uncomfortable line of questioning for yourself, let’s discuss.
First off, I do admit that Cara does seem a little abrasive from the start, but you know what? I would be too if I woke up early for an interview amidst my busy schedule and a news anchor didn’t even bother to say my name correctly. Yes, she may have misspoke, but she didn’t even attempt to correct herself.
Secondly, “Did you even read the book?” Is this a serious question? Cara responds with a lighthearted bit of sarcasm and then gives the proper answer that “of course she read it.” and that she truly loves it. You have a few brief moments with the star of an upcoming film adaptation of a book and you’re going to spend that time asking if she’s even read it? Come on now.
I don’t even really feel like addressing the second question because I feel the same as Cara on that one… what, dude? I understand the core of the question perhaps, but the execution was very confusing and even a bit demeaning.
Lastly, calling out a celebrity on a live interview that is CLEARLY fed up with you is not how to handle an uncomfortable situation. When she tries to say that “it’s the morning” and “it’s early, don’t be mean,” the anchors seem to do just the opposite. Telling her to “take a nap and grab a redbull” in a condescending tone is probably not the best idea when you’re already in hot water. At the end of the clip, you can hear her say “End it now. Too far.” And let me just tell you, girl, you handled it way better than I would have.
They then go on to speak ill of her, claim she is in a “mooooo-ooooood.” They try to make her out to be the bad guy, but failed miserably. They had a lot of water cooler banter that should have stayed behind the scenes and should not have been aired on television because guess what folks? You now look like the fools, not Cara.
I love Cara and I can’t wait to see Paper Towns, but I just could not help but get more and more agitated at the behavior of the anchors each time I watched the clip. There are plenty of other issues with this interview that are much more important than the anchors’ attitudes, but I won’t get into that now (aheeem feminism.)
If you see Cara in any other interviews or clips or even just get a glimpse at her social media pages, you’ll see that she is a no-filter, fun loving gal that I, for one, would love to hang out with. She’s a powerhouse and she is about to become even bigger as she makes the transition from the runway to the big screen.
She handled the criticism like a champ with a few simple tweets of her own as well as retweets of other celebs and people showing support.
Take a look at John Green’s post on Medium defending Cara for another take on the very uncomfortable interview here. My favorite part of the compelling piece is the last paragraph in which Green says:
“Cara, however, refuses to stick to the script. She refuses to indulge lazy questions and refuses to turn herself into an automaton to get through long days of junketry. I don’t find that behavior entitled or haughty. I find it admirable. Cara Delevingne doesn’t exist to feed your narrative or your news feed — and that’s precisely why she’s so fucking interesting.”
Preach, John. Preach.