What The Fuck, Matt Lauer?

We live in a horrifying world. Last night after reading about the shooting at the Clackamas Town Center mall I said to a friend, “Oh wow, have you heard about this shooting?” Which is admittedly more than a bit VAGUE, but it was still very sad when my friend said, “Yeah — yesterday, right?” Because he thought I was referring to this shooting that happened the day before. And that is just shootings, and that is just shootings in the United States, and that is just shootings in the United States in the past two days! It’s very sad and very scary and Hollywood starlet “wardrobe malfunctions” and so far away from the worst thing that can happen on the spectrum that they are very nearly the BEST thing that can happen on the spectrum. (Winning mega mills on your b-day.) But that doesn’t make this Matt Lauer segment with Anne Hathaway any less gross. From Entertainment Weekly:

Matt Lauer doesn’t mess around. When he greeted Anne Hathaway on the Today show this morning, the host got right down to business: “Good to see you,” he said. “Seen a lot of you lately.”

Lauer, of course, was referring to Hathaway’s major wardrobe malfunction at Monday’s Les Mis premiere. While exiting her car in a tight Tom Ford gown, the Oscar nominee accidentally flashed a crowd of photographers — who quickly noticed that Hathaway wasn’t wearing underwear.

“Of course.”

The actress was clearly reluctant to discuss the mishap with Lauer. But after some prodding, [Ed. Note: Prodding that included Lauer asking what she “learned” from this moment.] she launched into an articulate response that skillfully turned the question on its head: “Well, it was obviously an unfortunate incident,” she began. “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 takes us back to Les Mis, because that’s what my character is.”

LOL SEEN A LOT OF YOU LATELY, WINK WINK! Matt followed up Anne Hathaway’s level-headed Human response with, “That’s one of the most creative turns of a question I’ve ever heard, and I’m gonna take it at that. That’s fine.” That’s fine, Anne, you mischievous little thing. I was hoping you’d apologize, red-faced, and promise to wear underwear in the future while we had a laugh, but your accurate and well-stated reading of the many kinds of forced sexualization to be found in modern living, and in particular the coldness of celebrity culture and the section of the public who tear at any sad vulnerability there is to be found, is fine. MOVING ON. What the fuck, Matt Lauer? Are you always such a fucking asshole? I really don’t know. It’s possible that you are! Were the producers shouting “Worse. WORSE. WORSE!” in your earpiece? WHAT THE FUCK?