What was supposed to be a sweet mother-daughter moment during the Oscar’s red carpet show, ended up becoming one of the night’s most awkward interviews.
When ABC host Lara Spencer asked actress Melanie Griffith whether she’s seen her daughter’s racy movie, “50 Shades of Grey,” clearly she struck upon a sore subject.
“No,” Griffith curtly replied. Scowling, Dakota Johnson said: “Maybe one day,” with a shrug.
But her mom isn’t so sure. “I don’t think I can. I think it would be strange,” she said. “Well she’s a really good actress, I don’t need to see that to know how good she is,” Griffith said after some attempts by Spencer at saving the scene.
The subject is an obvious sticking point between the pair, as Johnson digressed to a pouting teenager for a moment, snapping: “Alright! You don’t have to see it. Jesus Christ.”
The uncomfortable exchange set social media on fire, inspiring some harsh criticism as well as some pretty hilarious tweets.
AWKWARD fight between Dakota Johnson and her mother Melanie Griffith! Sooo uncomfortable.
— Knoxville Dotcom (@KnoxvilleDotcom) February 23, 2015
If you want to know what attending an awkward dinner at Melanie Griffith's is like, she and Dakota are parading it along the red carpet
— allisonkilkenny (@allisonkilkenny) February 23, 2015
This Dakota/Melanie interview is suuuuuuuuper awkward. Please cut away to anything else.
— sans-culottes (@tfletch2) February 23, 2015
— Do312 (@Do312) February 23, 2015
A liiiittle awkward Melanie not wanting to see 50Shades, Dakota first agreeing then backtracking and trying to convince her she should…
— Jaclyn Cullen (@jaclyncullen) February 23, 2015
Watch the Griffith-Johnson exchange here: