Published December 13, 2012
Hollywood sweetheart Anne Hathaway could probably use some sympathy after her mortifying wardrobe malfunction earlier this week, but she wasn’t getting any from Matt Lauer during her Wednesday “Today” show appearance.
“We’ve seen a lot of you lately,” Lauer quipped as he opened the segment with the actress, who was there to talk about her performance in “Les Miserables.”
Lauer was referring to a moment on Monday night that Anne is likely trying to forget, when she hopped out of a car at the “Les Mis” premiere and flashed photographers sans underwear.
“I’d be happy to stay home,” an embarrassed Hathaway said. “But the film…
"It was obviously an unfortunate incident," she continued. "It kind of made me sad on two accounts. One was that 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, which brings us back to 'Les Mis,' that's what my character is, she is someone who is forced to sell sex to benefit her child because she has nothing and there's no social safety net.
“Yeah so let’s get back to ‘Les Mis,’” the actress concluded.
Hathaway’s creative turn of Lauer’s question didn’t go unnoticed, and though she seemed somewhat unfazed by the tough question, her fans immediately came to her defense. Viewers seemed to widely agree that Lauer took it too far both with his question and his joke.
“Props to Anne Hathaway for standing up to Matt Lauer and his inappropriate line of questioning,” one user wrote on Twitter.
“Who treats Anne Hathaway like that??? She’s a lady. She [should have] slapped Matt Lauer…” another fumed.
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