This wins for Most Implausible Headline of the Week: “Anne Hathaway takes moral stance on wardrobe malfunction.” The Los Angeles Times gossip blog isn’t completely serious about this – this being Hathaway “forgetting” to wear underwear to a huge premiere stuffed with paparazzi.
Matt Donnelly of the Times slammed Matt Lauer for how he “grazed the incident with creepy-uncle-overtures” in a Today interview. I’d suggest it sounded more like sympathetic-fellow-celebrity overtones. But NBC could have avoided the subject instead of putting more gas in Hathaway’s publicity engine. Hathaway apologized, and then lectured:
It was obviously an unfortunate incident. I think — it kind of made me sad on two accounts. One, I was very sad that we live in an age when someone takes a picture of another person in a vulnerable moment and rather than delete it and do the decent thing, sells it. And I’m sorry that we live in a culture that commodifies sexuality of unwilling participants.”
Please look at the photograph and tell me how high this dress slit is going (and the bondage legs seem to clash with the oopsy storyline):
This is not a wardrobe malfunction. This is a moral malfunction. If the actress knows she's wearing a dress with a very high slit, perhaps a paparazzi-blocking publicist could have stood in front of her as she disembarked. Better yet, if the actress knows she's wearing a dress with a very high slit, she should wear some panties in the first place.
The Times gossip did turn a little snarky:
Extremely fair, Annie, but she couldn't resist concluding her speech by comparing her red carpet faux pas to the struggle of her "Les Miz" character Fantine, an impoverished dying French woman forced into prostitution to care for her young child.
We can totally see the similarity.
"That's what my character is," Hathaway said, "she is someone who is forced to sell sex to benefit her child because she has nothing and there's no social safety net."
The New York Post reports the actress is now joking about it: "I think what I am going to do is whatever my next appearance is . . . I’m going to step out of the car in a blanket. You’ve got to laugh at it.”