Debbie Harry, the Blondie co-founder and lead vocalist who was at the forefront new wave movement, has become the subject of a new short film exploring the number of tedious interview questions she has been subjected to over the years.
Harry, who has been the focal point of interviews for more than 40 years, repeatedly faced comparisons to Marilyn Monroe, being described as a ‘pin-up’, asked questions about her hair colour and her general appearance as whole rather than, of course, her musical talents.
The amount of quite ridiculous questions she faced over the years has been collected by filmmaker Meghan Fredrich whose brilliant short film, Deborah Harry Does Not Like Interviews, documents some of Debbie’s responses and ways of dealing with the off-putting approaches.
“Blondie’s Debbie Harry endures years of superficial, tedious, and demeaning questions from journalists until she devises a brilliant way to turn interviews on their head,” the film’s production team notes before adding how she finally “devises a brilliant way to turn interviews on their head.”
With 11 studio albums with Blondie, five solo records and more than 60 credits in films and television programs, Harry’s success knows no bounds yet her interviews repeatedly focused on the shallow subjects of her appearance and the incessant obsession on how sexualised she should be portrayed in the media.
With a grilling from Terry Wogan on her weight, an impromptu and unexpected intrusion into her childhood and being put up for adoption, and about 10,000 references to her hair colour, Harry mastered the facial response which quite clearly says: “Can you believe this shit?” before batting it off with a smile and a straight answer.
Here it is: