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Who Are You Wearing? At Trump's Joint Address Pokes Fun at Oscars

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Lawmakers arriving at President Donald Trump's joint Congressional speech had mixed reactions to being asked "Who are you wearing?" (Screengrabs)

By    |   Wednesday, 01 Mar 2017 10:44 AM

"Who are you wearing?" is a question typically asked on the Hollywood red carpet, but before President Donald Trump's joint Congressional speech, one reporter asked it repeatedly, with varying results.

The Independent Journal Review's Benny Johnson shouted out the question to legislators in Congress's Statuary Hall on Tuesday, The Washington Post noted. The celebrity-type question is usually asked of actresses in connection to their outfit's designer.

California Republican U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa played along, answering "American made," as he showed off his suit and tie, the Post noted. Others, like Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and Supreme Court Justice John Roberts seemed confused the Post said.

"Who are you wearing?" Cruz shouted back, according to the newspaper. "I don't understand that one."

"What?" responded Roberts, who was wearing his black justice robe.

Fox News reported that the question got laughs out of Democratic senators Cory Booker, from New Jersey, and Al Franken, from Minnesota; while Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders just offered a wave.

North Dakota Republican Sen. John Thune responded "Really?" Montana Republican Sen. Steve Daines jokingly repeated his home state when asked, Fox News said.

The "Who are you wearing?" question came under attack in Hollywood for being sexist. The controversy roughly started in 2014 and hit a peak during the 2015 Hollywood award season when the hashtag #AskHerMore started trending, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"Imagine a world where celebrities were championing their causes on the red carpet," Jennifer Siebel Newsom, who started the #AskHerMore campaign, told The Hollywood Reporter in 2015.

"Can you imagine the impact? Their messages would trickle down as inspiration for others to get involved in causes. There's so much opportunity here for the media to right the wrongs that it has been perpetuating by limiting women to [be defined by] their beauty and sexuality."

The Hollywood Reporter pointed out, though, that in 2010, Ryan Seacrest felt the wrath of fashion designers and others when he did not ask questions about the actresses' dresses during E! News red carpet Oscar interviews.

"Ryan, Ryan, Ryan. It's Journalism 101: who, what, when, where and why, as in, 'Who are you wearing?'" New York Times writer Leah Rozen wrote about Seacrest's 2010 Oscar red carpet interviews.

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