Men and women are oftentimes judged by very different standards. For instance, men on the red carpet are asked about their roles and work, while women get the question “who are you wearing?”
So when “How I met Your Mother” and “American Pie” star Alyson Hannigan wore the same blue dress on every episode of the CW’s "Penn & Teller Fool Us," the internet blew up with criticism.
Scores of people tweeted asking why she wears the same exact dress every week.
WHY DO YOU WEAR THE SAME DRESS EVERY WEEK??? I can't stop thinking about it
— Skyler Okey (@SkylerOkey) August 11, 2016
Why the same dress every episode? How cheap is the CW?!?! @CWPennandTeller
— Tom Waits 4 All Men (@srebel) August 11, 2016
Hannigan herself even pointed it out when promoting the show saying,
Tonight Penn & Teller: Fool Us!!! (Yes, same dress)
— alyson hannigan (@alydenisof) August 3, 2016
But here’s the thing: It isn’t just the female host who wears the same dress.
Penn and Teller rock the same pin stripe suits in every single episode.
And guess what? The Internet couldn’t care less.
We scoured the Twitterverse for "Penn Teller same suit" and "Penn Teller same clothes" and absolutely nothing popped up.
This double standard on the Internet is nothing new. An Australian news anchor went so far as to wear the same suit for an entire year. He went mostly unnoticed and got no complaints. Then, like always, his female co-host got tons of comments about her clothes, makeup, and hair.
We even reached out to Penn & Teller, and one of their reps, Laura Foley, pointed out that people, “didn’t seem to notice our previous host Jonathan Ross wore the same suite for the first 2 seasons.” Yeah, two seasons, and Alyson Hannigan can’t go more than two episodes without getting comments.
The truth is, most shows tape multiple episodes in a day, and while many do wardrobe changes, Penn & Teller did not.