Australian actor reveals the Aussie pride she felt in the aftermath, when Rich Cohens article was denigrated as sexist and patronising
Australian actor Margot Robbie has described a controversial Vanity Fair profile of her as really weird, telling Channel Tens The Project that she remembered thinking that was a really odd interview after it came to a close.
Written by Rich Cohen, the profile was widely denigrated as a sexist portrayal of Robbie and a patronising portrayal of Australia when it was published online in July.
In the piece, Cohen described Robbie as having a lost kind of purity.
She is 26 and beautiful, not in that otherworldly, catwalk way but in a minor knock-around key, a blue mood, a slow dance, Cohen wrote. She is tall but only with the help of certain shoes. She can be sexy and composed even while naked but only in character.
Cohen also referred to Australians as throwback people who live and die with the plot turns of soap operas.
When everyone here is awake, everyone there is asleep, which makes it a perfect perch from which to study our customs, habits, accents.
Spending time with her family on the Gold Coast ahead of the release of her new film Suicide Squad, Robbie spoke with The Projects Carrie Bickmore on Monday night.
She told Bickmore she left the Vanity Fair interview with a sense of unease.
I remember thinking, That was a really odd interview, I dont know how thats going to come out.
And then when I read it, I was like, Yeah, the tone of this is really weird like, I dont really know what hes trying to get at or play at.
Ive read far more offensive, far more sexist, insulting, derogatory, disgusting things on a daily basis, she said. I dont know, maybe Im just desensitised to it now.
Cohen defended his observations about Australia to Fairfax Media, saying that the parts that werent meant to be a joke were intended as praise.
I was mostly joking. It is a goof. Supposed to be funny, he said. To the extent that the point is serious, its a compliment.
While Robbie didnt weigh in at the time, she said she felt a glow of Aussie pride in the aftermath.
I didnt say anything [at the time], but I had this Aussie pride where I was like, Dont mess with the Aussies. Dont you mess with the Aussies. Look what happens when you mess with Australia.