Recently, actress Cara Delevigne, who starred in “Paper Towns” as Margo Roth Spiegelman, gave an interview on “Good Day Sacramento.” It went viral because of how awfully it went. Delevigne employed a tired, sarcastic humor during the interview. Unfortunately, her dry wit came off as snarky to the interviewers. The interview was cut short on July 28, after a female host accused Delevigne of being in need of a nap and a Red Bull.
What’s inane about this interview is that this female host first called Delevigne “Carla” (rather than “Cara”) and then asked her if she read “Paper Towns.” She also asked if Delevigne had time to read any books at all. This interview was condescending right from the beginning
“Paper Towns” is based on the book of the same name, and it can be assumed that the lead actors would have read the book in preparation for their roles. Asking anyone if they have time to even read any books at all is a little insulting as well. Apparently, the female interviewer thought Delevigne looks like the kind of person who doesn’t have time for books.
Delevigne was noticeably uncomfortable when asked about her reading habits, but she admitted that she did read “Paper Towns” and then praised the author. But things continued to go downhill. Once the interview was terminated, Delevigne could be heard saying off camera, “Yeah, did I read the book?” The three interviewers shrugged their shoulders, and one claimed that they were only “kidding” and “having fun” with her (even though there’s nothing funny about implying that she doesn’t read).
Patriarchy is about male privilege, but this is an instance of a female supporting that structure. The hostess was pointe blank stating that Delevigne is a pretty face, and she can’t be expected to research her own role or even read any books at all. Her job was just to be incredibly beautiful for the movie.
John Green, the author of the book, has since commented on this whole affair. He wrote online:
I am friends with Cara, and the author of the book in question. I spent more than a month with her on tour in Europe and the U.S., and I watched as again and again, she was asked this question. Cara has read the book (multiple times), but the question is annoying — not least because her male costar, Nat Wolff, was almost always asked when he’d read the book, while Cara was almost always asked if she’d read it.
On July 31, Delevigne posted this really funny tweet to Twitter: “I JUST FOUND THIS BOOK! ITS AWESOME!” There was a link to a photo of her reading a copy of “Paper Towns.” This young lady won’t be treated like an idiot any longer. It’s time to get the word out: Cara Delevigne can read, and she’s not ashamed to admit that she does.