Monday, October 10, 2016

Can Celebrities Have a Bad Day?

              Actors and actresses appear on television shows and do interviews, so that the public can learn more about them. However, sometimes interviews do not go as well as planned. In 2015, Cara Delevingne, a British actress, went on Good Day Sacramento to discuss her upcoming film Paper Towns. The interview started poorly with the interviewer calling Cara by the wrong name, Carla. Then, Cara responds very sarcastically to the questions that the interviewers ask her. She appears to be very tired and annoyed by the interviewers. The turning point of the interview is when one interviewer asks Cara why she seems so exhausted. She quickly becomes offended and defends herself by stating that it is the morning; therefore, she has low energy. The interviewers than accuse her of appearing irritated, and Cara ends the interview when they tell her to take a nap and drink a red bull. After Cara disconnects the video chat, the interviewers continue to bash her and her attitude. This interview gave the audience a view of Cara that Cara probably did not mean to portray.

              Overall, the context of the interview is that Cara Delevingne appeared on Good Day Sacramento to speak about her new role in the movie Paper Towns that she is promoting. The movie was adapted from a book written by John Green that became a bestseller and favorite of teens. Therefore, the target audience of this film is probably teenagers who are interested in seeing Cara Delevingne play Margo, the main female character of the novel. The audience that is actually watching the interview is probably adults who are home after dropping their kids off from school since the time of the interview is about nine o’clock in the morning. Based on who the viewer is, they probably watch and interpret this interview differently. Young adults who know who Cara Delevingne is probably think that the interviewers are being rude and obnoxious while parents and adults who are daily viewers of Good Day Sacramento probably think Cara is being disrespectful to the interviewers who they watch regularly.

              The main purpose or goal of this interview is supposed to be to promote Cara Delevingne’s new movie Paper Towns. However, the interview quickly turns into a debate about who was in the wrong. Is Cara or the interviewers being rude? The purpose of the interview is completely changed and most viewers probably do not remember why she was on the show, but they do remember the awkward interaction between Cara and the people who interviewed her. The interviewers greatly shape the viewer’s perception of the actress. At the end of the interview, the hosts of the show talk about how rude and exhausted Cara seem and ultimately have the last word which makes viewers think that Cara is in the wrong. Cara clearly did not want to be viewed this way. Her purpose for being interviewed was to give insight into her role not to be bubbly and lively. It seems unfair that the interviewers speak negatively of her because she is not being energetic enough in their eyes. This portrayal of her as being a sarcastic and rude individual is very different from what the public has seen of her before. In a interview with Ryan Seacrest in July 2015, she is seen being very bubbly and happy. However, she has been sarcastic and lethargic in past interviews. For example, in the same month, she was interviewed by Clevver News and complained about having to answer a question. Overall, being a public figure is not always easy. There will be days when celebrities are not feeling or are not in a good mood. Celebrities are only human, and they should not be publicly shamed for having a bad day.

1 comment:

  1. This was very interesting to read, especially because I don't know anything about this actress in the first place. If I had watched the interview before reading this blog, I probably would have made assumptions about Cara as a person and even thought she was a rude person in general. However, you're right, you cannot judge somebody after only seeing them once. Just because she had a bad interview does not mean she is a bad person or a rude actress.