Earlier this month, Vanity Fair officially declared it “the summer of Margot Robbie,” publishing its August cover story on the Suicide Squad and Legend of Tarzan star. But as soon as writer Rich Cohen’s profile on Robbie hit the web, it was met with outrage, cries of sexism, and overall puzzlement.
Robbie fans, writers, and Australians alike took to Twitter to slam Cohen for his descriptions of Robbie (he calls her beautiful “in a minor knock-around key, a blue mood, a slow dance”) and his characterization of her home country (he declares that Australia is “a throwback, which is why you go there for throwback people”).
The New Yorker even parodied it with a made-up profile of a “silver-screen sex goddess” named Jane Neighbor. Sample line: “Neighbor is twenty-eight or twenty-two, at once. She is a kind of gorgeous that can only be found in or very near rivers. She is blonde but also blond, depending on the spelling.”
Now, Robbie herself is weighing in on the story, and she agrees: The whole thing was “really weird.”
“I remember thinking, ‘That was a really odd interview. I don’t know how that’s going to come out,’” Robbie told The Project. “And then when I read it I was like, yeah, the tone of this is really weird. I don’t really know what he’s trying to get at or play at.”
Robbie also said that she was surprised by the response to the article, saying that she “didn’t expect there was going to be an uproar about it at all.
“But I’ve read far more offensive, far more sexist, insulting, derogatory, disgusting things on a daily basis,” she added. “I don’t know, maybe I’m desensitized to it now.”
Still, Robbie said she was thrilled by the response — especially from her fellow Australians.
“I had like this bit of Aussie pride, where I was like, ‘Don’t mess with the Aussies,’” she said, laughing. “Don’t you mess with the Aussies. Look at what happens when you mess with Australia.”
Watch Robbie’s full comments in the clip below.