Just when we thought that the whole Renée Zellweger face shaming episode was last month’s news, at the annual Hollywood Reporter actress round table, old-school BFF Reese Witherspoon addressed the touchy matter with renewed intensity. With actresses Laura Dern, Amy Adams, Hilary Swank, Patricia Arquette, and Felicity Jones also in attendance, THR casually brought up the recent yet ancient controversy over Zellweger’s ‘new appearance,’ to which Witherspoon replied:
“It’s horrible. It’s cruel and rude and disrespectful, and I can go on and on and on. It bothers me immensely.”
Witherspoon is referring to the cocophy of critical opinions that emerged on social media about Zellweger’s appearance at ELLE’s 21st annual Women In Hollywood Awards in October. Sure, she looks a little different. Sure, she may have had some work done (she also may not have done). But who’s business is it anyway?? We’re talking about a 45 year-old woman here—have some respect!!
The ferocious gossip and media attention that Zellweger’s appearance ignited was merely a frightful reminder of the fierce judgement women continue to face (particularly women in the public eye) about their appearance. What this uproar exposed was that whether or not Zellweger has in fact had ‘work,’ as a 40+ year-old woman, she would be judged.
“I know this is so Pollyanna of me, but why—and it’s particularly women—why do they have to tear women down? And why do we have to tear other women down to build another woman up? It drives me crazy. Like, this one looks great without her makeup but that one doesn’t look good without her makeup, and it’s all just a judgment and assault that I don’t—look, men are prey to it as well. I just don’t think it’s with the same sort of ferocity.”
Well said, Reese!
Feature image sourced from filmmakeriq.com