The “Sexist” Mani-Cam Won’t Be A Part Of E!’s Oscars Red Carpet Coverage
1. If you’ve watched E!’s red-carpet coverage over the past few years, you probably are familiar with the mani-cam.
2. For the uninformed, the mani-cam is a way for female celebrities to show off their nails and jewelry for awards show they are attending.
E! encourages them to “strut” their fingers down a mini red-carpet.
However, recently the mani-cam has become controversial.
4. Then, A-listers Julianne Moore and Jennifer Aniston refused to participate at the 2015 SAG Awards.
5. Now, some are criticizing the cam as a symbol of gender inequality on the red carpet.
Cara Buckley of the New York Times wrote earlier this month that the mani-cam is another piece of “pageantry” that women are subject to, but men are not:
“On the one hand, it may be hard to drum up much pity for gorgeous, highly paid famous women who are usually outfitted in peerless haute couture at no charge. On the other, women quickly age out of Hollywood, are paid less than their male counterparts, are more likely to have their phones hacked and remain role models for some youngsters, all while being expected to attain mannequin-like perfection, making the red carpet’s indignities seem a little worse.”
Concerns over the treatment of women on the red carpet have spurred a Twitter campaign called #AskHerMore. The campaign is calling on interviewers to ask female stars about their accomplishments and talent, not just about their dresses.
If you’re watching #Oscars2015 tonight… #AskHerMore Via @smrtgrls @RepresentPledge
8. Amid the backlash, E! said Sunday that it is not planning on using the mani-cam for its Oscars coverage.
However, a network spokeswoman said the decision was made months ago.
“The mani-cam was never supposed to be at the Oscars because there is literally not enough room on the platform,” the spokeswoman told BuzzFeed News.
9. Some Twitter users said good riddance.
Looking forward to a manicam-free #Oscars tonight – #AskHerMore, right, @smrtgrls?
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