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Actress Léa Seydoux is the cover star for the November issue of British Vogue. In the currently unreleased feature, Seydoux talks about her role as the Bond girl in the upcoming movie Spectre. As Vogue points out, the French actress has also taken home the prestigious Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, a prize typically won by directors, for her part in Blue Is the Warmest Color. However, this did not stop the interviewer for her Vogue profile from diminishing her as simply someone he would like to "shag," specifically by lying to her about his views on feminism.
The writer for the profile, Giles Coren, teased the article in a now-deleted tweet that has been preserved by Yahoo! Style UK. "In the new Vogue I suck up to Bond girl Lea Seydoux by saying bond is sexist, while quietly hoping she might shag me."
Even after deleting the tweet, Coren has gone on to defend himself and only making matters worse in the process. "how is that sexist?" he tweeted to Yahoo! "how is passive hope that a film star and fashion model will take the initiative demeaning or reductive?" Then, in another tweet, he said he'd like to sleep with every woman he meets. "doesn't everyone quietly hope to shag everyone? is there anything wrong with quiet hope?"
Finally, he tried to backtrack on this whole debacle by asserting the whole thing was a joke. "Thing is, I was pretending to have been disingenuous about feminism, when I hadn't," he tweets, again to Yahoo! "Possibly too tortuous a satire for twitter."
Gawker notes that Coren has profiled women before for Vogue, and wrote that a UK reality star was as "exotic and unattainable as a princess."
@YahooStyleUK how is that sexist? how is passive hope that a film star and fashion model will take the initiative demeaning or reductive?— Giles Coren (@gilescoren) October 7, 2015
@YahooStyleUK thing is, I was pretending to have been disingenuous about feminism, when I hadn't. possibly too tortuous a satire for twitter— Giles Coren (@gilescoren) October 7, 2015
@kitlovelace doesn't everyone quietly hope to shag everyone? is there anything wrong with quiet hope?— Giles Coren (@gilescoren) October 7, 2015