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Why is it so damn important to continually report on the state of Renée Zellweger’s face? Renee, an Oscar-winning 45-year-old actress who has achieved more than perhaps you ever will in your own life, is here to teach you that you’ve been placing way too much emphasis on Hollywood’s antiquated standards of beauty. And this week’s media frenzy surrounding Renée’s recent red carpet appearance is just one symptom of a disturbing viral phenomenon—one that, with our instantaneous resources a contagious hate thread, is currently dominating the internet.
For those of you that are actually reading: Monica Lewinsky, who just recently spoke and rejoined the Twitter platform, is a prime example of cyber-bullying and major sexism that’s extremely hazardous to women in our world. “#Herewego”, she tweeted, ready for others to already judge her as she joined the internet bandwagon. Haters going to hate!
In fact, she’s now dedicated her life to fight cyber-bullying, which is real. (You remember that Star Wars Kid on YouTube? Yeah, he killed himself because of others bullying him at school when the video was uploaded by another classmate). What a nightmare the Internet can be! Now, where people seem to define the internet as the real world I ask, “Where can we begin changing things up on the URL?” That whole Lewinsky incident happened pre-Twitter and pre-Facebook…Could you imagine what it would’ve been like today?
Well, here we are today. Renée Zellweger’s face is trending, and what exactly did she do to us? Nothing. It’s becoming morbidly perverse how the internet has terrorized and victimized the women of our world.
And shame on you ABC! Did you really think that cracking a joke about one of your colleagues would bring better ratings to your generic television show Selfie? (How many times has Jerry Maguire been screened on your network?) “But that episode was filmed months ago…” one might say. Then, is it really necessary to point fingers at such a star who, may I say, hasn’t had a film come out in five years? Karen Gillan, what will happen when you turn 45? Will the pressures of what all your costars and internet bloggers take over you? I’m not here to hate- I’m just telling you and I want people to react.
Renée Zellweger herself already spoke in regards to the ridiculous scrutinizing of her face. “I’m glad folks think I look different!” she said. “I’m living a different, happy, more fulfilling life, and I’m thrilled that perhaps it shows.” She even went further to note that her friends say she looks healthier. She stated that “for a long time” she wasn’t doing such a good job with her health, yet, the Internet isn’t taking that as an answer.
It’s quite apparent that a vast majority of bored individuals want her to admit to having plastic surgery. Would bloggers and Hollywood obsessed individuals leave her alone if she just gave you that answer? No. You absolutely wouldn’t. It’s sort-of this Cronenberg-esque world we live in. I feel as though Videodrome isn’t too far from our future. It just goes as far to speak that media consumerism has a sadistic streak when audiences are obsessively chastising people they don’t even know. What? Is Renée Zellweger your mother? I didn’t think so… Don’t judge a (wo)man until you’ve walked in her shoes.
Hollywood is a tough business, okay, I get that. However, it’s still unfathomable and frankly ridiculous why beauty and image is still our top priority. Sometimes it seems that every little girl I meet nowadays just wants her own reality show. Google “fame and youth” and explore the advantageous statistics that may make you rethink. Do these young girls even know what world they’re yet to face with the Internet?
Within the revamped age of young feminists, or people who just claim they’re “feminists”, the look of minimal makeup, no plastic surgery, and just straight up natural should be recognized as something beautiful and not outstandingly bold or brave. Why is it so edgy to not wear makeup? Growing up, I saw my mother age beautifully and she would often joke, “Don’t stress me out! You’ll give me more wrinkles!”. I’d laugh as a young kid but nowadays when I return to this idea I grasp the antagonistic world we live in and how it affects our mothers, sisters, daughters, friends.
Maybe I’m just playing devil’s advocate but I’m almost positive that as a rule of thumb the idea of “aging” scares most stiff. Still, why must this be the headlining news and why must I feel the urge to write this? It’s a conversation starter that cuts deeper than just flat-out Hollywood jargon. Since our real world isn’t doing too much, I’m hoping there will be more change to come to the URL world, which most just seem to think is the real world. Renée, these people are just hiding behind computer screens not doing anything with their lives. They too will have to age someday.