After actor, producer & writer Renee Zellweger experienced mass scrutiny about the appearance of her face & speculation as to whether she had cosmetic surgery performed on her eyes in 2014, she had not addressed the attention and the amount of coverage that this “story” perpetuated, until now.
In a blog post at Huffington Post, Ms Zellweger wrote a poignant essay to remind us that the contemporary standard of criticism of the famed and the other is not a thing that we should consider a norm.
Indeed there is so much going on in the world that is of serious concern, not only can we turn our attention away from meticulously taking the celebrity apart, we can roll up our sleeves and do better.
“However, in our current culture of unsolicited transparency, televised dirty laundry, and folks bartering their most intimate details in exchange for attention and notoriety, it seems that the choice to value privacy renders one a suspicious character. Disingenuous. A liar with nefarious behavior to conceal. “She denies,” implies an attempt to cover up the supposed tabloid “exposed truth.”
“Too skinny, too fat, showing age, better as a brunette, cellulite thighs, facelift scandal, going bald, fat belly or bump? Ugly shoes, ugly feet, ugly smile, ugly hands, ugly dress, ugly laugh; headline material which emphasizes the implied variables meant to determine a person’s worth, and serve as parameters around a very narrow suggested margin within which every one of us must exist in order to be considered socially acceptable and professionally valuable, and to avoid painful ridicule. The resulting message is problematic for younger generations and impressionable minds, and undoubtably triggers myriad subsequent issues regarding conformity, prejudice, equality, self acceptance, bullying and health.”
At Marnie’s Street, we appreciate these words from an accomplished artist and we will try to our utmost to celebrate the celebrated sans the take down tone that has been hidden behind the facade of media critique.
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