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Everyone is giving out yards about Vanity Fair's bonkers Margot Robbie article

It’s been criticised for calling Australia a “throwback country” and for being ‘”sexist”.

YESTERDAY, VANITY FAIR revealed its August cover star, Margot Robbie.

You probably know the Australian actress from the likes of About Time, The Wolf of Wall Street and The Big Short. This summer, she will be seen in The Legend of Tarzan and Suicide Squad.

To coincide with the releases of the latter two films, Vanity Fair decided to write a profile on Robbie in which she discussed growing up in Australia, getting her big break on Neighbours and making it in Hollywood.

WTF! Press starts today @paramountpics #whiskeytangofoxtrot

A photo posted by @margotrobbie on

The profile, written by Rich Cohen, has also been widely criticised for its slightly sexist undertones and for describing Australia as “America 50 years ago”. 

Here are some choice quotes.

America is so far gone, we have to go to Australia to find a girl next door. In case you’ve missed it, her name is Margot Robbie. She is 26 and beautiful, not in that otherworldly, catwalk way but in a minor knock-around key, a blue mood, a slow dance. She is blonde but dark at the roots. She is tall but only with the help of certain shoes. She can be sexy and composed even while naked but only in character.

*vomits*

Australia is America 50 years ago, sunny and slow, a throwback, which is why you go there for throwback people. They still live and die with the plot turns of soap operas in Melbourne and Perth, still dwell in a single mass market in Adelaide and Sydney. In the morning, they watch Australia’s Today show. In other words, it’s just like America, only different.

Oh, okay.

She stopped at tables along the way to talk to friends. I don’t remember what she was wearing, but it was simple, her hair combed around those painfully blue eyes. We sat in the corner. She looked at me and smiled.

KEEP IT IN YOUR PANTS.

There was also talk about sex scenes, laboured comparisons to Audrey Hepburn and cringey observations about Australia.

In short, it was a bit of a mess and Twitter let Vanity Fair have it on the sexism…

Tweet by @Maggie McGrath Source: Maggie McGrath/Twitter

And the Australia stuff.

 

Spare a thought for the person manning Vanity Fair’s social media, yeah?

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