Melissa Rivers Pushes Back on #AskHerMore, Says Red Carpet Has Become Too 'Safe'

February 22, 2019

By Chloe Aiello

Melissa Rivers and her late mother Joan basically pioneered red carpet coverage ー and now that the awards shows have evolved, Rivers is nostalgic for the riskier good old days.

"How has it changed? It's gotten very safe," she told Cheddar. "You go back to when people were still picking their own clothes, I mean those were the golden years. [Now] everyone's afraid, everyone is under contract to someone ー it takes the fun out of it."

Not only does Rivers miss the messy, spontaneous quality of the red carpets of years past, she's also nostalgic for the days when fashion was more of a focal point of the event. Around 2015, the #AskHerMore hashtag launched in response to what were perceived as vapid questions posed to female talent about their attire. But Rivers told Cheddar that designers deserved that attention, largely because fashion made the awards shows what they are today.

"The whole #AskHerMore thing, I always found that a little hard to swallow, because it was disrespectful to the designers and the stylists," Rivers said.

"Sort of the trade out is, you mention me and I'm giving you this $20,000 dress."

"Also women were the only ones getting paid to wear these things, so if it wasn't a moment of women making more than men, I don't know what it was," she added.

Rivers said the fashion industry has a rich history of being at the forefront of women's and gay rights ー and that those who cover awards shows would do well to remember that. She called the 2018 Golden Globes "blackout," during which celebrities wore all black in honor of the #MeToo and Times Up movements, a missed opportunity to underscore fashion as a tool of resistance.

"You had all the most beautiful women in the world and all the best designers in the world all given the same parameters ー and they hit it out of the park," Rivers said. "In the conversation, I think that part was lost to say fashion made an impact that night."

As viewership of events like the upcoming Academy Awards tumbles in the Netflix ($NFLX) age, Rivers said she thinks these kinds of events will always be relevant to "a certain demographic" ー at least she hopes they will.

"We always should honor those who do their best work," Rivers said.

For full interview click here.