This is seriously uncomfortable. While promoting their new film, ‘Fantastic Four,’ Michael B. Jordan and Kate Mara did a standard interview that quickly took an awkward turn when the interviewer got both sexist and racist in his questions.
Who knew a single interviewer could be this offensive? Fantastic Four hits theaters on Aug. 7, which means stars Kate Mara and Michael B. Jordan are in promotional full force. Speaking on July 30 with Steven J. Rickman, and Jason Bailey, who host a radio show in Atlanta, the two had not a minute to prepare themselves before fielding questions so offensive they will make you cringe. Racism, sexism and all around grossness prevail in the seriously painful interview. Check it out– if you can handle it!
Kate and Michael handle the rudeness like pros, though, and Michael is able to shut Steven down immediately (and it’s not the first time he’s had to do answer the question). “They could be raised as brother and sister,” Michael says of the Storm siblings he and Kate play. “There’s a whole bunch of family dynamics that could be without the ‘obvious adoption.'”
Awful right? Well, prepare yourself because it gets so much worse as the interview then takes an awkward turn. Steven decides it’s appropriate to ask Kate about her hair, which she recently chopped short. “Why’d you cut the hair?” Steven asks Kate. “Your hair was beautiful,” he adds (um, no one asked, Steven).
Just as smooth as Michael, Kate is able to shake off the rudeness. “I cut my hair for a movie I just did,” she tells him, matter of fact. And then, he still doesn’t let it go! Steven asks whether they’re gonna do more Fantastic Four films, to which both respond that they hope so. “And you’re going to grow your hair back, hopefully?” Steven asks.
At that point, thankfully, a publicist steps in and cuts the interview short. No one should have to be subjected to that kind of thoughtless rudeness, no matter how much they want to promote their new movie.
What do you think of the interview? Super egregious, or were the hosts just trying to have fun?
— Casey Mink