Margot Robbie Agrees With the Internet: That 'Vanity Fair' Profile Was "Really Weird"

Source: AP
Source: AP

After Vanity Fair published a profile of actress Margot Robbie earlier this month, the internet almost unanimously posed a question: How the hell did this sexist piece get published? 

The profile, by writer Rich Cohen, was criticized for its description of Robbie and the author's assumptions of her, such as how she feels about sex scenes (you might be sensing a trend here) and his description of Robbie's native Australia. 

Now, Robbie's responded to the profile with a similar reaction to the internet: Yes, it was "really weird." 

"I remember thinking, 'That was a really odd interview. I don't know how that's going to come out,'" Robbie said during an interview on Australian show The Project. "And then when I read it I was like, 'Yeah, the tone of this is really weird.' Like, I don't really know what he's trying to get at." 

However, Robbie said she was surprised by the backlash the profile received, because she's seen more disparaging, sexist commentary on the internet daily. 

"I've read far more offensive, far more sexist, insulting, derogatory, disgusting things on a daily basis," she said. "I don't know, maybe I'm desensitized to it now." 

Despite the problematic profile, Robbie said she was happy with the response from Australian media to Cohen's insulting description of the country, with lines like, "Australia is America 50 years ago, sunny and slow, a throwback, which is why you go there for throwback people." 

"I didn't say anything and I had like this bit of Aussie pride where I was like, 'Don't mess with the Aussies!'" Robbie told The Project. "'Don't you mess with the Aussies. Look what happens when you mess with Australia.'" 

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As for Cohen and Vanity Fair, they should count themselves lucky Robbie didn't react to it like her Suicide Squad character, Harley Quinn.

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