Brooke Shields slammed Barbara Walters for a 1981 interview in which the veteran reporter asked the 15-year-old a series of invasive questions about her personal life.
Shields – now 56 – reflected on Monday’s intense session, stating bluntly: “It’s practically criminal. It is not journalism.
The interview with Walters came just months after the teenager Shields starred in a controversial Calvin Klein campaign, which featured the provocative slogan, “You want to know what’s going on between me and my Calvins?” Nothing.”
Waters interviewed Shields on camera as she sat next to her mother, Teri.
“What are your measurements? Walters asks the uncomfortably looking Shields to sit down before ordering him to stand up so viewers can assess his height.
“Would you be a mother like your mother?” Walters then asked, before adding, “What about the people who say, ‘She didn’t have a childhood’?”
Shields defended his mother and insisted she was still in her mid teens – but Walters continued her questioning.
“Do you have any secrets from your mother? Walters probed before Shields jumped in to his mother’s defense again.
Shields referred to the interview during Monday’s edition of Dax Shepard’s “Armchair Expert” podcast. Shepard described Walters’ tactics as “infuriating.”
Shields agreed, before talking generally about the interviews she did following the Calvin Klein commercial.
“The [interviewers] never wanted my answer. They just wanted their point of view, ”the actress said.
Shields has previously spoken of the backlash she received after starring in the commercial, saying she was “naive” about her risky nature.
The star – who in a 2014 memoir admitted she didn’t lose her virginity until she was 22 – said she didn’t realize the double meaning of the controversial Calvin Klein campaign slogan .
“I didn’t think it had to do with the underwear,” she told Vogue. “I didn’t think it was sexual in nature. I would say that about my sister – no one could come between me and my sister.
“I think the assumption is that I was a lot smarter than I ever was.”
Although he blasted Walters on Monday, Shields doesn’t appear to hold the interview against the veteran talk show host. The couple were pictured together at various social events in the decades following the 1981 shoot.
However, Shields isn’t the only celebrity accusing Walters of unsavory interview tactics. Earlier this year, Ricky Martin said that a 2000 interview with the TV queen left him with PTSD after she asked him about his sexuality before he was ready to call himself gay. in public.
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